Category Archives: Career Advancement

Habits that Make You Appear Unprofessional at Work

Sometimes we all need to be reminded of basic work rules. Simple things like showing up on time for meetings or not leaving dirty lunch dishes in the sink can make a big difference in how you’re viewed by others. You may not realize it, but you could be engaging in workplace habits that make you look unprofessional. In addition to annoying coworkers, your behavior could prevent you from getting a much-desired promotion. This article gives a list of 27 Read the rest

The Worst Times to Quit Your Job

There could be a variety of reasons you may want to quit your job. Perhaps you’ve decided to be a stay-at-home parent. Maybe you hate your boss and just want to get away. Or perhaps you no longer enjoy what you do. Although all valid reasons for quitting, the author of this article suggests that you carefully consider all the factors involved when thinking about submitting your resignation. This article lists some of the worst times to quit a job, Read the rest

3 Ways to Challenge Yourself Professionally

Do you ever go to work and think to yourself, “This is going to be another boring, routine day?” There are days when all we want is routine; but sometimes we want more. Sometimes you want to feel exhilaration and excitement in your job.  Sometimes we want to feel challenged. The author of this article suggests that challenging yourself means seeking out the anxiety-provoking, limit-stretching opportunities and using them to help you grow. She offers 3 recommendations for how you Read the rest

7 Topics Everyone Should Avoid Discussing at Work

Gossip-worthy stuff happens at work all the time. There is a rumor that someone is getting fired, or two co-workers are having an affair. How can you not stand around and talk about these things? But career success involves managing the image that you present at work. The author of this article suggests that if you want to be viewed in a professional light, you must give some thought to the way you are perceived. Being known as someone who Read the rest

Upcoming Continuing Education

One sure way to increase your chances of getting a promotion or that prime assignment that you’ve been eyeing, is to improve your knowledge and skill level. In coming months, the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) will be offering several continuing education opportunities to help you do just that. All courses are online, asynchronous sessions with a duration of six (6) weeks.  Anyone may sign up for a course.

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Jump Start Your Year with Continuing Education

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week Current Issues course. The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from January 9 –  February 19, 2017. The cost of the course is $350.  It’s not too late.  REGISTER NOW as the class has just started.

This course will familiarize participants about international, national, state, and local issues, trends, legislation and demographics affecting their community and their staff. Featuring discussions on current Read the rest

Numerous Opportunities for Professional Development at ALA

If you plan to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta next month (January 20-24, 2017) consider taking advantage of the numerous professional development opportunities and services provided through the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center.    The Center will be open Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 & 22, and located in the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Building A, Hall A-3, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta, GA.  Some of the Center’s activities are listed Read the rest

4 Ways to Become a High Payoff Learner

People love to be good at things, but often, they aren’t willing to put in the effort it takes to become good. This article (which summarizes a session that took place at the Next Generation of Government Summit) explains that you can drive change for yourself and for the world if you get good at acquiring new skills. By focusing on four specific strategies and adopting a mindset that you’re still learning, you can become a high payoff learner Read the rest

4 Ways to Build Influence on LinkedIn

I’m sure you already know that LinkedIn is a professional networking platform which is designed to foster strategic connections among registered members.  Growing your network is one way to create a successful brand and establish professional credibility. This article gives practical tips with detailed instructions for building your influence through LinkedIn.Read the rest

Setting First-time Leaders Up for Success

One company that studies leadership transitions found that while stepping up as a manager is one of the most courageous decisions in one’s career, more than 87 percent of first-time leaders feel frustrated, anxious and uncertain about their new role.  They say that the struggles of new leaders are both real and widespread.  This article examines what organizations can do to help increase the likelihood that their new managers and leaders will be set up for success, grow into the Read the rest