Category Archives: Career Advancement

Time to Update Your Skills

By Beatrice Calvin

It’s that time of year again—classes are back in session. You may not want to go back to school, but you can still take courses to improve some areas of your life. Keep in mind that one sure way to increase your chances of getting a promotion or a new work assignment, 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 Read the rest

10 Rules for Driving Positive Change

Are there people at work that you look forward to seeing each day? Are there other people that you dread running into? — You know, those negative people who drain your energy and rob you of your good feelings. So how do you shake free of the negative people and drive positive change no matter where you are? This article shares 10 simple but powerful rules for overcoming common life and work obstacles to help bring out the best in Read the rest

Four Reasons Recruiters Throw Out Your Resume

If you’ve ever spent time completing an online job application, only to never hear a word back from the employer, you understand the frustration that many job seekers experience. The author of this article suggests that many job seekers don’t understand that most employers use automated tools to help them narrow down the search process. The author gives four possible reasons why your resume may get thrown out before it ever makes it into the hands of hiring managers.… Read the rest

Three eCourses to Improve Your Skills Start Soon

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) announces the start of 3 six-week eCourses: Current Issues, Budget & Finance, and Politics & Partnerships. The asynchronous sessions cost $300 each. To register, visit the HRDR course offerings website.

The first eCourse, Current Issues, which will be facilitated by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, begins Monday, August 7 and ends September 17, 2017.

Learning Objectives:

With the knowledge gained from this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Identify
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5 Outdated Career Tips That People Should Really Stop Sharing

Advice about what is appropriate behavior for the workplace and career advancement has been around for decades. Things like, check the spelling on your resume before sending it out, or don’t wear dirty, wrinkled clothes to an interview, have stood the test of time and still works. However, there is some advice that, according to this article, have become outdated. The author lists five things that she thinks should no longer be adhered to along with a rationale.  Read the rest

Planning and Management of Buildings eCourse Starting Soon

A six-week Planning and Management of Buildings course starts Monday, June 26, 2017.  The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays.  The cost of the course is $300.  REGISTER now.

This is the course for you if you want to learn how to develop and plan maintenance of a facility, determine capital needs and budgets, and understand the elements of a construction project.

This course is designed to help the participant in the context of their own Read the rest

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