career tips

Ethical Decision Making

When you’re making plans and you must decide on the best course of action, you weigh a number of different options and choices. Although cost, time, and preferences will play a role in determining your path, they aren’t the only factors you need to take into account. In most situations—and especially those that will have significant ramifications on people and resources—you must account for the effect on people, rather than simply opting for the most expedient route. Therefore, weighing the benefits and consequences of each choice is an important part of your decision-making process. In his book, Problem-Solving and Decision Making: Illustrated Course Read More…


Communicating With Clarity and Class Online

E-mail provides a convenient way to communicate with others. With ease, we can distribute a memo to dozens of colleagues, forward on a useful newsletter filled with informative articles, or send a message across the country (or world) in a matter of moments. However, as easy as it is to send an e-mail, we may not always recognize how to best use e-mail in an effective manner. Throughout the course of the day, you may need to share information with colleagues, peers, and members of your staff. When should you use e-mail to send your messages, and when might Read More…


How to Delegate Wisely and Effectively

What’s on your plate today… this month… this year? If you’re like many of us, your answer may be: “too much.” But take a look around, and perhaps you’ll see qualified, intelligent people that could benefit from the experience of taking on one of those projects or responsibilities. If those people have the time, ability, and inclination, you may be able to delegate a project from your to-do list to one of them. By delegating tasks, you provide others with the opportunity to stretch their wings, learn some new skills, and gain confidence in their ability to conquer new Read More…


Activity: Practice Your Networking Skills

These days, if you hear the term “networking,” your mind may immediately jump to “social networking”—and indeed, technology tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn provide a powerful and convenient means of developing and maintaining your personal and professional connections. But there’s more to a network than the number of people who “friend” you on Facebook or follow you on Twitter. On a deeper level, effective networking involves developing relationships with other people, sharing relevant information and resources, and providing mutual support and encouragement on the path to reaching your goals. Your network can also open doors to potential career opportunities, Read More…


Soft Skills for College and Professional Success

The assignments you create for your course can provide students with an opportunity to develop skills that will prove essential to their career success. Consider the possibilities: An in-class presentation can provide practice for the presentations they may lead during meetings or web conferences. Collaboration with classmates on a group project can prepare them for the experiences they’ll have as a member of a team within an organization. And,the papers students write as summations of the concepts they’ve learned in your class can help them hone the communication skills they’ll need to create weekly or monthly reports. In the process of completing Read More…


Using LinkedIn to Build Professional Connections

In the not-so-distant past, maintaining an up-to-date record of your professional connections’ contact information required a great deal of vigilance. If a distant colleague moved to another institution, you might not know it until you tried calling his or her office and were told they were no longer there. Now, social networks help you keep in touch with the contacts you’ve made, discover and share information relevant to your field, and maintain connections with ease. Though many people join Facebook to maintain these relationships, some find that it’s more casual than they’d prefer for their professional lives. If Read More…


Gathering Data to Support Informed Decisions

Some decisions—such as where to go to lunch, or what to wear to a work function—may require a bit of deliberation, but can ultimately be made relatively quickly. Yet if you are faced with a challenge that carries a heftier commitment of resources and has a greater impact on a larger number of people, you may find yourself seeking input from other sources. Indeed, when making an important decision, it is wise to gather and analyze information that could have an impact on your ultimate course of action. To start your information-gathering endeavor, consider the guidelines that author Jeff Butterfield presents in Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Make the Most of an Internship

For many students, an internship is an eagerly anticipated—or perhaps required—part of the college experience. An internship gives you a chance to put what you’ve learned in school to work in the “real world,” surrounds you with the opportunity to meet (and be mentored by) experienced people in your selected field, and helps confirm whether or not a certain career choice or job setting is the right one. For these reasons, it’s important to take your internship seriously, and endeavor to get as much out of it as you possibly can. In 100% Job Search Success, Second Read More…


Estimating and Managing Your Project Time Effectively

When you’re completing a project on your own or in collaboration with others, a schedule can be your best ally in ensuring that your plans and ideas come to fruition. Following that schedule can help ensure that you have adequate time to complete the work to your satisfaction; make it easier to stay on budget; and, ultimately, help you meet (or beat!) an established deadline. A carefully written schedule can also serve as a visible reminder that motivates you to stay on track and on task… especially when you’re distracted by other appealing opportunities (such as a summertime Read More…


Tips for Students: Polishing Your Professional Portfolio

As students wrap up work in your class, many of them are also getting set to apply for jobs. If that’s the case, pass along these suggestions for building an effective and impressive portfolio that can help them put themselves, and their work, in the best possible light. As many job seekers and hiring managers will tell you, a portfolio can be a useful way to demonstrate your proficiency within your area of study or professional expertise. Your portfolio can –and should — be as unique as you are. Depending on the field in which you work (or hope to work), Read More…