soft skills

Interviewing Tips for Students

You’ve accomplished the first step of getting the interview; now learn how to land the job. Strengthening your interview techniques and properly preparing can help you feel more confident during a job interview. Author Beverly Amer provides tips for all stages of the interview process in Soft Skills at Work: Technology for Career Success. While we’re sharing these tips for your students, they can be applied to anyone who is currently in the interviewing process. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to landing that job!
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Say “Goodbye” to the Boring Lecture

You have seen a number of class sessions over the years; either you conducted them yourself, or you witnessed others conducting them. Each one falls into one of three categories: the good, the bad, and the uh—what was that? It does not matter if you’ve taught for a number of decades, a number of years, or just a matter of months, there’s always room to evaluate, fine tune, and perfect your presentation and teaching style. Here are five tips for taking what you already do well and cranking it up, making your class presentations not only something you, as Read More…


Students: Map Out Your Progress

Think back on your undergraduate education. Perhaps you were especially driven and began college with the end in mind, and charted your course from matriculation to graduation as quickly as you could. On the other hand, the trajectory of your undergraduate years may look more like a winding path through the forest than a straight shot from Point A to Point B. Today’s learners are likely not much different: some are more decisive, while others tend to keep things more-open ended until a decision must be made. In your role as an educator, many of your students may seek you Read More…


It’s Thanksgiving Week: Take a Deep Breath

You’ve likely got a lot on your mind this time of year: On top of your regular class sessions, department meetings, and social responsibilities, you have papers to grade, exams to administer, and holiday meals to prepare. Without proper self-care, these can become a recipe for burnout. Thankfully, most of us have a few days off to enjoy before we launch into December. In recognition of this busy time, we’d like to share some tips adapted from the Health CourseMate for Jeffrey S. Nevid and Spencer A. Rathus’ HLTH.  We hope that these ideas provide you with the small nudge you need Read More…


Five Ways to Brand Yourself

They say first impressions are everything. How we present ourselves to the world makes a key difference when it comes to winning a job. Having a strong, personal brand that shows the world who you are as a professional affects what others think and feel about you. In Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling, and Presenting Yourself to Win Your Next Job, Eric Kramer shares how job seekers can brand themselves to stand out on the road to professional success. Share these tips with your students: Decide what your professional brand is.  Complete a self-assessment and consider things like what Read More…


Four Steps to a Stellar Presentation

At some point, most of us will give a presentation to an audience. In her book New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills, Beverly Amer offers a four-step approach to creating and delivering an effective presentation. Whether you’re in charge of providing first-timers with needed advice, or your own skills need some polishing, these simple steps will help alleviate anxiety and ensure a smooth performance. Step 1: Plan. Several key questions will help you develop a strong presentation that’s tailor made for your audience and purposes. As you begin, ask yourself:

    What is the purpose of your presentation? What action or response
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Soft Skills in the Digital Workplace – Importance of the Online Persona

There have always been—and will always be—certain soft skills, like interviewing, that people will need to master in the professional world. But, with a changing workplace come new requirements that future professionals need to keep in mind. Like it or not (and if you’re reading this I hope you do!) we are living in a digital age, and with having an online presence comes certain worries for a professional or someone looking to start their career. Social networks play a role in a working professional’s life, and there is a certain level of privacy lost by displaying personal information Read More…


Four Ways to Integrate Soft Skills in the Classroom

You may be tasked with specific learning objectives and student learning outcomes that have to be met as students walk out your door with a passing grade, but what about those less concrete objectives that you want to ensure are met as students graduate and go out into the world representing your institution? How can you ensure that your students learn those soft skills as they meet those objectives? Here are a few ways to integrate soft skills in your classroom:

    Demand proper spelling and grammar: In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, the authors write that though it isn’t incumbent upon you to
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