Professional Development

What Kind Of Business Pain Do You Solve?

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by: Liz Ryan For years we talked about our Skills. We said “I have negotiation skills, administrative skills and strategic skills.” We claimed a whole bunch of skills, but what are skills, really? Who can say whether you have those skills? When someone tells me s/he has great Negotiation Skills, I immediately wonder whether the person…

Could a Need to Tailor Your Resume Be a Sign of an Unsuitable Job?

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by: Kazim Ladimeji I’d like to turn the resume-tailoring paradigm on its head a little. We all know that employers are turned off by generic resumes that don’t appear to be specific to the company or post to which a candidate is applying. Employers see these resumes as signs that a candidate has put no thought into their application. This…

When Learning at Work Becomes Overwhelming

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by: David DeLong Many skilled jobs require a considerable amount of learning while doing, but learning requirements have reached unrealistic levels in many roles and work situations today. This phenomenon of “too much to learn” is not only feeding the perception of critical skills shortages in many sectors, but it can also accelerate burnout. Consider this:…

Expecting a Bad Reference From Your Former Employer?

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by: Kazim Ladimeji We often associate “bad references” with “being fired,” but job seekers may fear bad references from former employers for a number of reasons: perhaps the job seeker had a poor relationship with their manager, or perhaps they left the company under less-than-ideal circumstances. There are two sides to every story, but references are categorically one-sided: a job seeker’s potential…

How to Clean Up Your Social Media Footprint

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by: Kazim Ladimeji As you all probably already know, social media profiling went mainstream a while ago. Everyone does it: recruiters, your friends, your enemies, and even your government. Most of this profiling and surveillance probably won’t affect you too much, but the social media research performed by recruiters and hiring managers will probably have a material impact on your career. Figures…