5 for Friday: Professional Skills Development Edition

This week’s 5 for Friday rounds up five stories about the latest trends in professional skills development.

  • MBA Internships: How to Avoid Job Search Disaster. Source: “Don’t be afraid to approach folks from your target companies and chat with them,” Stacy Blackman advises. “Research has shown that employers are more likely to hire the people they like and trust than those who are most supremely qualified.”
  • Want That Promotion? Practice Your Job. Wall Street Journal: “Success in knowledge work requires more than simply showing up early, staying late, and responding quickly to every email. True standouts systematically develop rare and valuable skills.”
  • Take Planning Your Career to the Next Step. Blogging4Jobs: “If you haven’t made a plan for what you’d like to be doing in the next five years, the next ten years, or by the end of your career, you may be missing out on great opportunities. It’s very tempting to float from one opportunity to another, climbing the corporate ladder as opportunities approach, but this approach may land you in a position you hate.”
  • How to Lead When You’re Not Assertive. Career Rocketeer: “Assertiveness is a required skill in management, yet it is a tricky one to consider developing if you don’t possess it. The reason it is a tricky skill to develop is because it is so intimately linked to our personality driven by years of reinforced belief about how we should act.”
  • Room at the Top: Position Yourself for a Move to Management. U.S. News and World Report: “[S]tart acting like the leader you want to be. Volunteer to head up a task force or project. “Management is always happy with someone who says, ‘I want more,’ ” says Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, cofounder of SixFigureStart, an executive coaching firm in New York City.”

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