Tag Archives: professional development

Successful People: Their Top 2 Career Secrets

There are a lot of formulas out there that point towards how to plan and execute a successful career. But if you talk to people who have been able to achieve career advancement and increase their earnings, there are two career secrets that successful people know that help them get ahead. Remember these tips, and think about how you can implement them to advance your own goals: Metrics. Whether you get an annual performance review or not, everyone (yes, EVERYONE) should create their own job performance benchmarks. Only you know, at the micro-level, all of the various ways you have… Read »

Weathering The Storm: What To Do When Your Company Is Acquired

After a lot of uncertainty, the news finally comes out, and the shock waves ripple throughout the office: Our company has been bought. Not every acquisition means that the new owners will immediately clean house, but you can count on the fact that everything will be under close scrutiny as they begin digging deeper into their new purchase
 much like a new car owner starts fiddling with all the gadgets to get the “hang” of them. During this process, decisions will be made about what is useful
 and what isn’t. So where do you fit in this picture? Believe it… Read »

Performance Under Pressure… What Are YOU Really Made Of?

I just got back from speaking at a global educational conference – overall, the experience was incredible with amazing programs and powerful educational tracks. This was my 4th time attending as a presenter, yet I felt that I walked away from the conference having learned just as much as I had shared. However, there was a bigger lesson afoot here at this conference that I could not have anticipated. During my own presentation, the projector used for my PowerPoint started flickering ominously before I even took the stage. Not a good sign. Normally, I can give a presentation without slides,… Read »

Open Letter to Career Industry Professionals

When I first got started in my career (the one preceding this one), I discovered something powerful that had profound impacts throughout my life. It transcended my work. It shaped my thinking. But more importantly, it helped me grow. I got involved in professional organizations.  These memberships truly have a “push-pull” effect on your own professional and personal development. You only get out of it what you put into it.  True: sometimes, they are like a demanding mistress, hounding you to get deadlines done that are critical to the organization but have absolutely nothing to do with your paid “daytime”… Read »

How To Make Internships Translate to Potential Employers

Talk to any successful business person and ask them about how they got their career start, and you’ll more than likely get a wistful look in their eye as they recall an internship that made a significant impact on their lives. That’s all well and good, but what is the real trick to making sure your internship doesn’t turn into the “making coffee and running copies” dreaded drudgery? The truth is that what your internships turns into rests on you. But there is a real secret to making these internships truly meaningful. You can make out of it as much… Read »

Never Underestimate The Power of Learning Opportunities

Whew! I have been on the road for the past 9 days – part of my time away was spent visiting my dad who lives cross-country in Atlanta, and the other part attending an industry conference.  Nothing like killing two birds with one stone! But I wanted to share one of the most important takeaways that came out of going to this conference: there are ALWAYS opportunities to learn… even when you aren’t expecting it.  Even after you paid for the privilege.    Opportunities to learn are in abundance. They are everywhere and can be in the shape of anyone that crosses… Read »

Are You in Danger of Being Obsolete?

This past weekend, in searching for some new ideas for dinner, I delved into a cookbook in which my grandmother had lovingly handwritten all the treasured family recipes.  In her shaky script lay some real meal gems, and I found what I was looking for at long last. But what was really surprising to me were some ingredients she mentioned that I wasn’t familiar with… like “oleo.”  What in the heck was that?, I wondered. Then set off to Google this mysterious substance only to find out that is an earlier reference to what we modern folks like to call butter. Then, I spied another interesting ingredient… peanut… Read »

Do You Have A Laser-Precise Job Search Plan?

  Well-known fact: Job searching and being unemployed can be one of the most discouraging and ego-smashing things a person could ever experience. Rejection is common, and there is a tendency to end up in a very unhappy place. Then, there’s the chaos. If you’ve previously been working for most of your career in a full-time position, you’re used to have the structure and routine to each day. Being out of work, you find yourself in a drifting miasma of “What do I do today?” Someone once told me: Looking for a job IS a full-time job. You need to… Read »

Properly Listing Education on a Résumé

Oftentimes, I see some awkward management of how people list their education on their rĂ©sumĂ©. Here are some tips and tricks to help effectively convey your investment into your educational career to prospective employers: 1) Understand what constitutes education. The EDUCATION section of a resume actually is composed of two parts: your formal schooling (with an accredited institution), and then everything else, which should be listed under a separate subheader (not ‘training’, ‘coursework’ or ‘classes’) called “Professional Development.” “Professional Development” constitutes any kind of educational coursework that you’ve taken that enhances/updates your knowledge, hones your skills, and helps you do… Read »

What “Professional Development” Really Tells Employers

I was recently at a conference of meeting professionals providing a resume review workshop, and made a stunning discovery: Relatively few people listed the words, “Professional Development” on their resume under their EDUCATION header. The irony is that these are the people who plan the very conferences and educational seminars that we go to in order to earn ‘professional development’ credentials. Talk about not being able to see the forest for the trees! Professional development is the terminology used to describe any additional educational training or background you’ve gained through attending conferences, conventions, seminars, workshops, trainings, continuing education classes, industry… Read »