I am starting a monthly series where I curate career related articles that I think are helpful for anyone in the middle of a career transition, or just wants to develop personally and professionally. I hope you enjoy! Feel free to share your favorite articles in a comment!
I loved this article by Wharton professor Adam Grant. There are so many stereotypes about introverts and extroverts (many favor the extrovert). People think extroverts are better leaders, better networkers, or that introverts won't be good public speakers. Grant debunks these myths, citing various studies. Whether you consider yourself and introvert or extrovert (or, "ambivert" as Grant describes), you'll start to appreciate the nuances of both.
When I coach MBA students, I always advise them to help the interviewer so they don't have to work so hard to pry information out of them. The key is telling concise, yet memorable stories using specific examples with enough detail and color to peek their interest. This article by Lou Adler offers great advice on how to craft your stories so you can show you are the right person for the job.
You might have a great resume, and a great GPA, but do you have the key soft skills that really matter? Check out what it takes to get hired (and succeed) at Google.
When you receive a compliment, do you deflect it or underplay it? I know I am at fault for doing this, as are many women. This blog helped me become aware of this tendency - and start to correct it - and accept the praise! "Being able to accept praise expresses to the world we understand our value."
I don't know anyone who enjoys writing cover letters. But it is an essential component of the job application (even when the job opening only asks for a resume). Your cover letter is your way to bring your resume to life -- it tells the story behind the bullets. It allows you to connect with your audience (the recruiter or hiring manager). And, it shows you took the effort to write a compelling letter tailored to the role you are applying for. Don't skip this essential step! This HBR article is one of the best how-to-write-a-cover-letter articles I have seen (and there are many!).
In this data driven world, we often ignore our gut feelings because they aren't grounded in fact. This article breaks down the three types of intuition -- and why it's worth being in touch with gut feelings...and sometimes acting on them.