Career & Professional Development

The Surprising Ways You Ruined Your Interview Before You Even Opened Your Mouth. A bad first impression is extremely difficult to undo. Remember that when you make a post public on social media, it’s technically available for the whole world to see, including your prospective employers. 
Salary Negotiation Scripts For Any Job.  Having the right words to say, or write, during a salary negotiation is vital. Communication can make or break discussions and impact your confidence to get paid fairly. Always remember, your talent is precious, and you deserve to be compensated for it. Learning to foster conversations about compensation is a vital skill that yields rewards.  
How To Prepare For An Interview When The Job Is A Stretch. You may not be completely qualified to step into the role on Day 1 and do a stellar job. The first rule of career advancement is that if you’re completely qualified for the job you’re applying for, you’ve aimed too low. Everyone is learning on the job. Nobody has the entire skill set they need to do their job perfectly; there are some things they do well and others that they’re still getting the hang of. 
9 Signs your Internship is about to Turn Into a Full-time Job. Interns who got hired were not only smart and hardworking — they were invaluable. These interns made connections with teams and individuals in the office. They built up trust with their coworkers and contributed consistently excellent work. Essentially, they were so good that their superiors just couldn’t imagine working without them. 
Enhance Your Strengths and Development Needs. More and more organizations are seeking employees who value learning as a competitive advantage and embrace continuous professional growth. In fact, a strong learning orientation is among the key competencies required for leadership success at many best companies. There are several great resources for enhancing professional and leadership skills, such as PDI Ninth House/PreVisor’s Successful Manager’s Handbook (an outstanding resource for leadership development and coaching that we use in the Smith School’s EMBA Executive Coaching program – ISBN 0-972-57702-5 ). For those looking for web-based tools (e.g., podcasts) that provide practical tips for career and leadership success, be sure to check out the manager and career tools at: