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By lynda.com | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Five ways for women to “lean in” to their careers in 2014

Five ways for women to lean into their careers.

Sheryl Sandberg challenged women to lean in to their careers and aim for the top leadership positions of their industries. Make 2014 the year you shatter the ceiling by using these great strategies from other savvy women.

1. Disrupt yourself—to get to the next level. Harness the power of disruptive innovation, the strategy that helped Amazon and others blow past their competition.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Advancing your career: Management Tips

This week we’ll talk about earning your next promotion and raise.  The secret is not about building up enough courage to ask for what you want; it’s about thoughtful planning that lets you experience more wins and helps others do the same. It’s about turning yourself into a much better candidate for promotion.

Some people believe that if they hang out long enough at a job, they’ll get a promotion or at least a good raise. This sense of entitlement has become widespread in organizations and is often associated with the “Participation Trophy Generation.” Critics argue that the parenting trend from the last couple of decades of offering constant positive affirmation to kids has created a whole generation of people who were brought up receiving trophies just for showing up to play on a team. Now these Millennials have entered the workforce and seem to expect a promotion, raise, or at least a lot of praise just for doing their basic jobs.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A different take on burnout: Management Tips

A different take on job burnout

Explore more Management Tips at lynda.com.

This week I’d like to talk about professional burnout: a state of complete mental and physical exhaustion that makes you seriously question what you’re doing in life. You can’t quite get yourself to get out of bed. You linger over breakfast even though you know you’re already late. You endure that uncomfortable feeling in the pit of your stomach as you walk across the office parking lot. Burnout is horrible, and usually explained by a bad boss relationship or poor fit with your role, combined with excessive hours.

This week’s lesson gives you a few ideas you can use to help your team avoid burnout and achieve balance in your professional life. But before you watch the video, let me challenge you personally. Can you recall the last time you experienced burnout?

By Juliana Aldous | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Using LinkedIn to manage your career

Manage your career with LinkedIn

We now have two courses on LinkedIn in our library from Richard Colback, one for individuals and one for businesses.

• Up and Running with LinkedIn • LinkedIn for Business

I took Richard’s first course myself when I was interviewing at lynda.com, and it really helped me—so in turn I’d like to share five ways I’ve learned to use LinkedIn that can help you manage your career.

By Dave Crenshaw | Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tell us about your career—what motivates you?

I’m particularly excited to help you take the next step in your journey to becoming invaluable to your industry in 2012. Once you’ve determined your passion, skills, and most valuable activities, the logical next step is to apply this knowledge to develop your business savvy.

Since the release of our first course, Invaluable: Unlocking Your Abilities, I’ve been inspired by the feedback we’ve received. It makes my day when I hear about ways that we’ve helped you succeed!

Our lynda.com courses are a massive team effort and we’re constantly refining the message in order to deliver what we believe is the best possible learning experience.

In order to make our courses the best they can be, and to serve you better as individuals, I’d like to hear from you. I’d appreciate anything you have to offer. To give you some ideas, here are some questions I’d love to get your thoughts on as you go about unlocking your abilities and developing your savvy:

  1. What are the biggest challenges in your career right now?
  2. What do you love about your current job? What do you hate about it?
  3. What motivates you at work every day?
  4. How entrepreneurial are you? Are you considering breaking out on your own?
  5. What keeps you awake at night about your work?
  6. What would you like to change about your professional future?

I’ll be monitoring this blog post and replying directly to your comments, so please, be as specific as you’re willing to be. I look forward to hearing from you!

Interested in more? • The full Invaluable: Developing Your Business SavvycourseAll business courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Time Management FundamentalsCreating an Effective ResumeProject Management FundamentalsInvaluable: Unlocking Your Abilities

By Jolie Miller | Sunday, January 01, 2012

Planning for 2012: Creating an effective résumé

Happy 2012! Now is a great time to startcreating an effective résumé, and author Mariann Siegert has all the tips you’ll need to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and use those to plan goals for the new year.

To help you start the new year off right, Mariann has shared some fantastic tips for updating both your résumé and online profile (LinkedIn, for example)—whether you’re in the market for a new job or not.

Updating Key Information

  1. Any changes to your personal information?
    1. Delete physical addresses (these are no longer used as a way of communication while job searching and may lead to identity theft). Remove your work phone number if applicable (unless you work for yourself).
    2. Remove any fax numbers—this is an antiquated means of contact.
    3. Check your contact email address and cell number to be sure they are current and accurate. Make sure you include the best way of contacting you.
  2. Have you attended any classes, workshops, or professional training courses? For example, have you completed any lynda.com courses?
  3. Have you won any awards or received any certifications?
  4. During the last year, how did you:
    1. Save or make the company money?
    2. Improve efficiency?
  5. What new software applications or programs did you use?
  6. Have you worked on any new projects?
  7. Did you receive a promotion or other special recognition?

Adding PAR Statements

Replace any clichés you find with powerful PAR statements (Problem Action Result). PAR statements take advantage of using numbers, dollar figures, and percentages to tell a business story—in this case your story. It’s a proven fact that using numbers, dollar figures, or percentages to illustrate the impact you have made in your career will have a greater impact on your audience or résumé reader by proving what you have accomplished in the past and what you can bring to the table in the future.

It’s easy to write a PAR statement. Here’s how it works:

Problem: What problem have you solved this year?

Action:  What action did you take to resolve the problem?

Result:  What was the result of your action?

Then quantify your statements with percentages, money saved, or time saved (whenever possible). Here’s an example of a PAR statement:

“Designed new Flash web site based on competitive market evaluations and client needs, resulting in a 70% increase in web site traffic and 55% profit margin for the client.”

Mariann’s tips reminded me how many wonderful developments the past year has brought and all the important work I have ahead of me. For more tips on updating your professional profiles in 2012, be sure to check out Mariann’s course, “Creating an Effective Résumé” and Richard Colback’s course “LinkedIn Essential Training.” Here’s to a fantastic and fruitful year!

Interested in more? • All business courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Creating an Effective RésuméLinkedIn Essential TrainingPitching Projects and Products to ExecutivesTime Management Fundamentals

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