How to change careers when you're lost


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How MBA students make the most of LinkedIn

As the world's largest social network for professionals, LinkedIn is a powerful tool for professionals to gain attention from the companies they want to work for and a critical part of any recruitment strategy. Keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date isn't just for job seekers, however. As a platform for sharing knowledge, skills and advice, the more active you are on LinkedIn the more you can expand your network and build your personal brand. To help you maximise your LinkedIn presence, Janina...
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How and why to take your career engagement pulse – right now

Employee engagement is crucial for business success, yet data shows no more than a third of U.S. employees are engaged in their jobs. Engaged employees are more efficient, motivated, productive, creative, and committed to improving business performance. They're also happier, satisfied in their careers, and more fulfilled. Work can be a miserable place when you've become disengaged and since the factors involved in engagement vary from one person to another, you need to identify which ones a...
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Suzy Welch: Here's why everything you've been told about mentors is wrong

Mentorship is one of the biggest keys to success at every stage of your career and the right mentor can act as great catalyst to take your career to the next level. The best mentoring often happens when it arises organically and you may already know people who are sharing their knowledge and experience with you. For the best mentorship experience however, you may need to adjust your assumptions about who makes a good mentor, says leadership and career expert Suzy Welch. Here, she dispels so...
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Self-assessment: 5 tips for writing your performance evaluation

Despite being a yearly rite of passage in many organizations, performance reviews are rarely popular. It's one of the tasks managers dislike the most and employees dread having to evaluate their own performance. However, apart from matching your accomplishments with business objectives, the review process can help you map your achievements against your career goals, plan your professional development and identify opportunities for learning and growth. To help you get the most out of your ne...
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Five unexpected career resolutions you should make in 2018

Although career advancement is a year-round process, the start of a new year often prompts us think about what we want to achieve during the year ahead. If getting a new job, a raise or a promotion is high on your New Year's resolutions list, an annual check up on the health of your career will help you identify where there's room for improvement and set some goals for the year ahead. When it comes to steering your career in a better direction, Gwen Moran suggests "ditching the typical to-dos an...
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Which career battles should you fight and which should you drop?

Knowing how to choose your battles wisely isn't easy when you're just starting out in your career. While it's often best to avoid disagreements escalating into full-blown conflict, there may be times you need to stand up for yourself even though you find it difficult. Before raising an issue, you need to know which factors to take into consideration, what the implications might be, and how to broach the subject. To help you decide when to fight and when to walk away, Rich Bellis shares here some...
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Get smarter and jump-start your career (without going back to school)

Many of us reach a point where we feel stuck in our career. Perhaps reaching your career goals is taking longer than you anticipated and you want to speed up your progress. Or maybe you're wondering if you should be following a different career path altogether. Although many people automatically head back to school to gain extra qualifications, there are other ways to change or advance your career without having to make such a big financial investment. Here are Jean Chatzky's top tips for assess...
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Social media profile tips to help you network professionally

Social media offers huge potential for global networking and a well-crafted social media profile gives you a unique opportunity to create a good first impression. If you're new to using social media to promote yourself professionally there are some key aspects you need to be aware of. "Your social media profile can create ladders of opportunity within your chosen career or create stumbling blocks," writes Hannah Whittenly. To make sure your social media presence is working for you, rather than a...
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Career paths are outdated — here's what you should be doing instead

The biggest mistake people make when trying to develop their career, is to focus on developing a career path they should follow, says neuroscientist Nicole Gravagna. In a post originally written in reply to a question on knowledge-sharing platform Quora, Gravagna explores why planning a career path is no longer the most effective way to advance your career. She  reveals how to navigate off the path instead, by adopting new methods of goal setting in which your goals are independen...
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