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How to Get the Most Out of Your Professional Reading

By |2019-09-27T13:03:16+10:00August 17th, 2015|Leadership, Resources, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Soft Skills, Training|

To remain fully effective, managers can usually turn to a variety of sources for personal and professional growth – courses, conferences, networking, discussions, professional associations, workshops, and so on. But of all these avenues, research shows that independent reading of professional books and journals continues to be efficient, reliable, accessible, and indispensable. Leaders simply must be readers… 1. Accept this fact: If you’re not reading, you shouldn’t be leading. Leaders must be readers. The American Association of School Administrators supports this message… ‘Reading is the most fundamental, reliable, and efficient resource for leaders. It is the purpose of professional reading to equip the leader for independent creative thinking. It is through the literature that executives live, learn, and think about their swiftly moving and complex profession.’ 2. Set aside time to read. The problem for busy executives is not finding something to read; it’s finding the time! The key is [...]

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How to Create a Professional Portfolio That Will Get You the Job

By |2019-09-27T13:03:21+10:00August 3rd, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

In today’s competitive environment, you need to develop a range of effective and eye-catching strategies that can give you the edge over your colleagues when promotional opportunities arise. A well-presented résumé and letter of application, and a successful interview, are of course very important; but a carefully prepared professional portfolio can also help you showcase your skills, experience, and accomplishments. Gain that extra advantage by considering these helpful ideas… 1. Understand the purpose of a portfolio. A portfolio is a tool that allows you to ‘prove’ your experience, skills, and achievement in the tough competition for management positions – as architects, designers, and similar professionals have found over the years. But, as well, the very act of compiling your professional portfolio: allows you to evaluate your work and reflect on what you have accomplished, how others have responded, what you have learned, and what gaps there are in your professional [...]

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