Why you should incorporate video into your marketing strategy

Posted by Guest Contributor

03:37 PM

Marketers, 78% of people watch online video every week. Have you added video to your content strategy? [TWEET

By Jessica Salinas

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Topics: Social & Mobile Trends, Professional Development

Work Hacks: 5 Free Digital Resources to Help You Get Ahead

Posted by Jade Clark

12:00 PM

Utilize these five innovative resources – among the dozens posted daily on ProductHunt.com – to help you work smarter, not harder. 

It seems as if there are a gazillion new apps, websites and general resources popping up online every day. While your average, hard-working professional might not have the time to sift through the never-ending flow of new product releases, the good people at Product Hunt have helped crowdsource this dilemma. New products are ranked daily by its community, with curated lists of the best new products for "__", many of which are free tools designed to save you time and effort in your hectic work schedule. A concept we'd likely all upvote. 

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Topics: Professional Development

3 unexpected ways to get ahead at work

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:05 AM

Want to impress your boss and advance your career? Try these unusual tactics. [TWEET]

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Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Professional Development

How the digital skills gap is hurting your job hunt

Posted by Guest Contributor

11:00 AM

The only way to stay competitive in today's job market is to constantly be learning. Here's why - and how to get ahead. [TWEET]

By Jeff Fernandez

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What can damage the candidacy of an otherwise worthy applicant in today’s job market? A lack of solid digital skills.

Unfortunately, this lack of digital skills is the reality for an overwhelming majority of today’s workers. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, only one in 10 professionals consider themselves ‘very proficient’ with the digital tools they use every day. In many cases, the laborer is not fully to blame. Employee training has been lacking for decades, to the point where even President Obama has acknowledged its urgency, setting aside $600 million to offer more apprenticeships and technological training for future workers.

Topics: Professional Development

The layman's digital media glossary

Posted by Guest Contributor

08:30 AM

Whether you’re considering a digital media-heavy career or just want to brush up on the latest lingo, this digital media glossary is worth a look. [TWEET]

By Jessica Reuben

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Digital media. You’ve heard about it, you’ve talked about it, you may even work in it. But what is “it,” and what are all of those confusing buzzwords that people throw around when discussing digital media. Without further ado, I present:

The (un)Official Digital Media Glossary of Terms: An Abridged Layman’s Term Guide to Some of the Most Frequently Used Digital Media Buzzwords. 

Topics: Professional Development

6 ways to make the most of your next alumni networking event

Posted by Amanda Augustine

06:25 AM

Turn your next alumni event into a networking goldmine with these tips. [TWEET]

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There’s no denying the power of a valuable network. Studies show that you’re 10 times more likely to land a job when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. And a survey by Alumnifire, a digital platform for alumni networks, found that 90 percent of hiring managers would prefer to hire a fellow alumnus, if given the option. [TWEET]

Whether you’re searching for a job, building a business, seeking a mentor, or simply want to advance your career, alumni networking events can be goldmines for uncovering important connections and resources.

Here are six quick tips to help you make the most of these alumni events.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

6 simple ways to stand out at your next business meeting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:30 AM

Make your mark during your next business meeting by employing these key tips. [TWEET] 

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Meetings have a bad rap in today’s workplace. Do a quick poll around the office and you’re sure to find that most of your colleagues would gladly wipe a few meetings off their calendar, if given the choice. However, when meetings are run properly, they can become meaningful, engaging and relevant activities in the workplace.

Instead of dreading your next business meeting, consider how you could use it as an opportunity to advance your career. Whether you recently entered the workforce, just started a new position or would like to take the next step in your career, your performance in meetings can help you make your mark at a company and boost your success.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Professional Development, Workplace

Take control of your career today. Here's how.

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

The most successful professionals are the ones who take charge of their careers. Take the first steps toward owning your career path today. [TWEET]  

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A recent study by Software Advice, a company that evaluates talent management software, found that organizations with clear succession plans see a marked improvement in employee engagement. In other words, companies who invest in their people and support their professional development are able to retain their employees longer and keep them engaged and motivated. No brainer, right?

In a perfect world, every company would offer programs that support a roadmap for every single employee to manage their professional development and career trajectory. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. If you don’t work for one of these great companies, don't despair. There are moves you can make to take charge of your career path.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Professional Development

9 proven ways to improve your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

06:00 PM

Amanda shares her most popular career tips for the successful professional. [TWEET]

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Management

Improve your presentations in 60 seconds or less

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:33 AM

Instantly improve your public speaking skills with these simple tips. [TWEET]

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Most of us aren’t naturally gifted public speakers. In fact, many avoid speaking in front of groups whenever they can. However, this fear of presenting can have adverse effects over the course of your career.

David Blum*, a communication skills trainer at Well-Spoken Joe, explains that people who are uncomfortable with public speaking are at a disadvantage in the workplace.

“It does very little good to be a ‘technical expert’ or ‘marketing master’ if you cannot effectively communicate your ideas to an audience,” says Blum.  Skilled presenters are usually the ones who get the job offer, who get the plum project, and who get the promotion. In fact, one study found that people who present at work earn $9,000 per year more than their counterparts who don't present. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Management