5 Skills All Professionals Should Master

By Elizabeth Paul on May 15, 2018 8:30:00 AM

To succeed in your field or industry, you need to develop a specific set of skills, knowledge, and experiences. When you go through training and education, you learn what’s necessary to be qualified for your own field.

But despite the ever-growing presence of specialization in the workforce, there are certain universal skills that all professionals should have. Some skills are vital for every field, position, and career. Typically, these kinds of universal skills aren’t covered in your specialized education and training. You are usually expected to develop these skills and learn to apply them to your field on your own.

Here are five skills that all professionals should have in every career and field. When you learn how to apply these skills to your job, you’ll find yourself growing in your career.

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Using Informational Interviews for Career Development

By Elizabeth Paul on Mar 14, 2017 3:39:37 PM

If you’re looking to make more connections, switch careers, or learn new skills, then an informational interview can help you meet your goals. Informational interviews are one of the more underused networking tools. But if you can learn to effectively incorporate informational interviews into your professional development, you’ll soon realize just how beneficial they can be. Not only are they a great way to expand your network, but they are a great way to learn something new that can be relevant to your personal and career life.

Here are three ways to ensure that you are maximizing the use of informational interviews.

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What to Include in Your Cover Letter

By Elizabeth Paul on Feb 14, 2017 4:01:50 PM

If there’s anything that is underrated in job applications, it’s the cover letter. Most people focus on their resumes and quickly throw together the cover letter. But this is the wrong approach to take when applying to positions.

Your cover letter gives the hiring manager a unique look into who you are. It covers why you’re interested in the position, provides relevant experiences, and gives you the chance to show that you are more than qualifications or numbers on your resume. With this in mind, it’s important to know what to include and what not to include in your cover letter. Here are the do’s and don’ts for writing any cover letter.

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Four Ways to Prepare for an Informational Interview

By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 24, 2017 4:29:09 PM

Networking is challenging. There are so many unknown factors, unspoken rules, and directions that you can take. But great things can come your way if you’re up to the challenge of wading through the murky waters of networking.

One of the best places to start networking is with an informational interview. These interviews aren’t for job offers, but they offer you a way to learn more about a specific field, career, or company in which you may be interested.

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The One Thing You Need to Know About Your Career

By Elizabeth Paul on Jan 17, 2017 4:55:49 PM

Growing up, we’re told that we should carefully plan out our career. In fact, for those wanting to break into a professional career, you need to decide fairly early on so you can graduate from college with the right major, internships, and experience. But that adds a lot of stress to an already stressful time, and some people may not realize that they want to enter a certain field until they are well out of college.

Why, then, do we place such an emphasis on planning out our entire career from such a young age? It’s okay (and, in fact, encouraged) to have goals for your career, but you don’t necessarily need to have everything planned out with timelines and deadlines for what you want to accomplish. Although we often like to think of careers in terms of a directed, well-thought out occurance, we should start viewing them as an improvisation.

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Is Professional School Necessary In Today’s Job Market?

By Andy Kistler on Sep 7, 2016 8:42:54 PM

You did it! You graduated college. Maybe it was yesterday. Maybe it was 5 years ago. Point is, you went to school for 22+ years of your life and now you are finally ready to cash in on that gargantuan investment in education.

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How To Succeed In A Job You Hate (And Why You Should)

By Andy Kistler on Jun 14, 2016 4:08:26 PM

What a wonderful thing it is to love what you do. I mean, the majority of us spend at least 40 hours a week at work, so we might as well enjoy our jobs, right? In fact, a report conducted by Staples Advantage suggests that U.S. employees are surprisingly happy at work. According to the report, 86% of employees are both happy at work and desiring to move up in the organization. Everything is peachy and everyone is happy, right?

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