Career & Professional Development

Career Experts Make Over These Mediocre LinkedIn Profiles. 
A common mistake is to allow LinkedIn to automatically populate your profile with your current job. The headline is your chance to showcase your personal brand and really stand out in search results. Many people fall short either opting for generic, bare-bones information or leaving a lot of things blank. You want your profile to do more than just recap your resume: It needs to land in front of recruiters in the first place, then grab their attention once it does. Click here for more.
 
How to Ask Why You Didn’t Get The Job.
Employers typically won’t share much, if any, meaningful feedback with candidates especially if they are fearful about a lawsuit. That said, you don’t have anything to lose by strategically asking for feedback. Worst case scenario, the employer won’t respond. Best case scenario, you may get some helpful information that will improve your chances of getting hired next time around.  Click here for more.
 
The Deceptively Simple Type Of Question Every Interviewer Needs To Know. 
Good interviewers can make a job applicant open up just by asking the right questions. Too often, the questions recruiters ask are confusing – they use too many words, overwhelming the listener. Questions posed the right way can be comprehended quickly, letting listeners think carefully about their answers, and draw out important details to inform decision making. Click here for more.
 
Curiosity: A Critical Leadership Skill to Gain Knowledge and Stop Drama.
Curiosity can help you to get to the root of a problem, stop workplace drama, and promote better workplace relationships. Becoming a master at using curiosity requires you to ask effective questions. The key to asking a question is to start from the right intention.  Click here for more.
 
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:  manager-tools.com