If an employer asked you to describe your skills, what would you say? Your brain likely jumps to all the hard skills you’ve picked up along the way. Maybe you are a coding wizard or just added another degree under your belt. But what about your soft skills? That’s what employers really care about. In fact, 57% of business leaders think soft skills are the most important skills. Here’s how to identify and show off your own soft skills so the next time an employer asks, you know how to answer:
Call me naive, overly self-confident, or maybe both, but I always assumed I would be successful by now. I thought I would be mid-level by now in international development, making a decent salary, feeling fulfilled by my job and its impact on the world, living a life of comfortable leisure. That’s what I thought 28 would look like. Instead, I’m getting my Master’s in a completely different career field, going into debt, and preparing myself to start in a near entry-level position come graduation.
Realizing that you don’t like your job is one of the worst feelings in the world. After all, your job is a HUGE part of your life. And you know in an ideal world you should feel fulfilled at work while simultaneously making decent money and growing professionally. Acknowledging that this isn’t the case for you is terrible. So what should you do about it? It’s time to make a plan to break your unfortunate status quo.
Since we last talked to Jack Kramer and Nick Martell, Co-Founder of MarketSnacks, they’ve been busy. In a little over a year, they’ve scaled their company, launched a newsletter, and negotiated an acquisition by Robinhood. On top of becoming Robinhood Snacks, Jack and Nick both made big decisions when it came to their MBA programs. Learn the story of their acquisition and how business school helped them get there:
College may prepare you for getting your first job, but it certainly doesn’t prepare you for life once you finally get that job. How do you handle the sudden change from being a broke student to the salaried life of a young professional? A salary brings both the prospect of new adventures and the overwhelming pressure of student debt payments, credit card bills, and a tight budget. Where do you even start when it comes to financial planning? These tips should help you and your bank account:
Let’s face the facts, women have not had it easy when it comes to building our careers. We still earn less than men, we’re underrepresented in the C-suite, and we’re viewed as less competent leaders. It can be overwhelming and downright discouraging. What’s a professional woman to do?
Do you need a LinkedIn profile? The short answer is 100% yes. LinkedIn takes you from a recent graduate with a resume to a young professional with a digital presence. It is your ticket to a huge professional network of 500 million users and countless opportunities for professional development. It also takes minimal time to set up and doesn’t require constant upkeep.
Many professional work roles require you to use applications and technologies in addition to the typical Microsoft Office suite. Whether it's a customer relationship management system, a marketing automation tool, or a human resources application, you need to stay in the know. So if you're juggling more than one, check out these tips to help you stay up to date.
Visualize a workday at an average job. Is the day full of in-person meetings, phone calls, and gossip at coworkers’ desks? That’s so 2000. Technology is evolving the workplace as we know it. Where there once was one office in one city, there are now remote workers scattered across the world. Where there once were in-person meetings, there are video conferences and cloud collaboration. Are you ready for the technological demands of today’s workplace?
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We all love a good online quiz or two. Knowing what superhero you are or your Harry Potter house is super fun, but when was the last time you took a quiz that gave you valuable takeaways for your career? Welcome to the world of professional personality tests! These tests help you understand yourself, how you interact with others, and what careers best tap into your strengths. Here are few that can help you start learning more about yourself: