How to Transform a Millennial Employee into a Leader

Many employers often see employees of the millennial generation (those born post-1985) as unreliable, egocentric and in perpetual need of instant gratification. This is not necessarily the case, according to David D. Bernstein, author of the book “Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping our World.

In his book, Bernstein says millennials are forging a revolution in the workplace, which will cause drastic changes to how businesses are run in the future. “Millennials are more global, more tolerant, more diverse, more educated, more connected, and bigger than any generation before them,” said Bernstein.

“They embrace change. They are the only generation to come of age with one foot in the old world of pre-internet, pre-Facebook, pre-computer, doing their first research projects in libraries, and another foot in the digital era.” Read more…

Short and Tweet: How to Improve Your Twitter Profile for Your Career

With time seeming at an ever-higher premium, it can be hard to find time to improve your career prospects whilst studying or working full-time. With Twitter, however, you can do it in only 140-characters.

Follow potential employers:

If you’re thinking about a career change or looking for a graduate job at a specific company, make sure you’ve followed them on Twitter. That way you can keep up-to-date with anything and everything that is happening with them. Whether they’ve just completed an important purchase or had a huge bake sale, you can use this information to your advantage in applications and interviews. Moreover, companies often have specific career-focused profiles, so follow these for information on vacancies, deadlines, etc.

Clear out the dead wood:

Once you’ve followed all your potential employers, your Twitter feed might start to become increasingly busy. If you haven’t got time to scroll through hundreds of updates every day, have a look at the people you’re following. We’ve all made the mistake of following amusing accounts which now result in viral spam and clickbait. Unfollowing someone only takes a second but could save you loads of time in the long run. If you really can’t bear to lose all that humour, consider making another Twitter profile, and separating work and social accounts. That way you can have all the career-relevant information in one place. Read more…

Managing Your Career: Start Planning, Creating, and Sharing – 11-12-2014 : METRO in New York, NY US METRO

By Susanne Markgren, Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York

“Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Planning for the future is something that always seems like a good idea, but we are often too busy trying to survive in the present to even think about where we are headed — or where we may end up.

Our profession is always changing, and so are our jobs. We cannot stay static in an adaptive field, and we cannot depend on always having the same job we were hired into, whether that was five months ago or fifteen years ago. We need to manage our careers in order to maintain our existing jobs, or move into the next one. It’s important to take the time to assess our skills and then translate them into the language of the jobs we want.
Reconsidering Professional Development

When we think of professional development, we may think of activities we sign up for and associations that take our dues. We may join and participate to make ourselves feel good about staying motivated, keeping current, and becoming more engaged in our work and our jobs (or job searches) through committees, classes, and conferences.

But professional development is really just another name for career management. Rather than considering professional development a perk or a requirement of a job, it should be a deliberate, intentional, and essential component of everyone’s career. Read more….

Become So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Business Insider

When asked for advice, comedian Steve Martin likes to say, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or trying to get to the next level, your goal should be to master your craft to the point where people can’t help but notice.

In his book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” Georgetown University professor Cal Newport shares his insights on how people can achieve their goals and use their skills to create a fulfilling and passionate career.

Here are five steps to becoming so good they’ll have to pay attention.

1. Don’t follow your passion.