Career & Professional Development

Five Tips for Starting a New Job on the Right Foot.
Starting a new job is an exciting proposition, but it can also be stressful. Once you’ve landed the position, it’s critical to shift your focus from interview mode to making a successful transition into your new role and quickly establishing your credibility. You will want to ensure that your transition is seamless, productive, and enjoyable. 
 
The Skills Humans Need to Stay Relevant In The Smart Machine Age. 
The smart machine age will transform organizations through artificial intelligence and other technologies. Researchers have estimated that about 47% of employment in the United States has the potential to be automated in a relatively short time frame — perhaps the next two decades. Organizations are going to be in the business of developing its human assets, because technology and human capabilities are going to be the two differentiators. Individuals will need skills that enable them to participate as artificial intelligence is infused into every business function. These skills include critical thinking, innovative thinking, creativity, and high emotional engagement with other humans.
 
How To Make Sure Your Internship Ends with a Full-time Job.
Aiming to turn your summer internship into a full-time job? Good news: Your employer wants that, too! If you intern for a medium or large company, you’ll likely be working alongside a group of interns who are also gunning for a job offer. There may be a limited number of full-time jobs available at the company. So to land one of them, you’ll need to bring your A-game.  
 
Ask These Interview Questions to Hire the Best Talent.
Companies are not only looking for someone with the experience and skills the position requires, they want someone who fits into their culture and helps their business to run smoothly. They  need to determine what makes the top talent so invaluable. 
 
How To Write A Cover Letter That Doesn’t Just Recap Your Resume.
Think of the cover letter as your opportunity to expand on some of the key points that were included in your resume (while also showcasing a bit of your personality). In other words, you can explain why you’re the perfect fit for this particular company based on your experience, rather than just listing what you’ve done for which employers.  
 
4 Ways to Network More Effectively.
Your network is made up of people you used to work with, went to school with, volunteered with or otherwise met at some stage of your life. You’ll want to develop a manageable plan for how you’ll keep in touch and also a plan for how you’ll meet new people who can help your career. The best time to expand your network is before you start looking for a new position. 
 
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