Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

April 25, 2017

Firsthand Staff

This week we look at clichés to avoid on LinkedIn, what advice was crucial to startup success, and why we should choose mentees who aren’t like us.

Mentor People Who Aren’t Like You
Harvard Business Review
I see a little bit of myself in you. How many times have you heard a mentor utter that phrase? People naturally gravitate to their “own,” and are more likely to believe and nurture potential. However, that means growth and advancement opportunities go disproportionately to those who belong to the demographic or social group already in power. Intentionally cultivating a diverse talent pool by mentoring someone perceived as “other” makes the mentee confront their own internalized perceptions of disadvantage in the workplace, and it helps the mentor become a more empathetic and emotionally intelligent leader. Read Article»

LinkedIn studied the most overused words on its profiles — here are 10 you should avoid
Business Insider
Avoid clichés so your LinkedIn profile stands out. Words like specialized, leadership, passionate, strategic, experienced, focused, expert, certified, creative, and excellent make you sound like everyone else. If these buzzwords don’t communicate our achievements, why do we use them? It’s easy: Everyone else is doing it. They associate you with certain industries, and they hide our lack of confidence. Put in a little extra work – it might pay off. Read Article»

How You Can Start Boosting Your Career Your First Day on the Job
In the 21st century, it’s all about your personal brand. No brand is built without the help, experience, and knowledge of others. From your first day at work, find your own board of directors – a group of people you can trust to guide you and give you input. Never be afraid to reach across the aisle and ask more senior colleagues for help. Build your own personal network, don’t be afraid to utilize it for your professional growth, and don’t be afraid of good advice. Proactively asking for advice rather than reactively adjusting to feedback can help you get ahead from the jump. Read Article»

A Wall Street trailblazer shares her best career advice for young women
Business Insider
Get out of your comfort zone. Only 7% of senior positions in buyouts are occupied by women. As the cohead of US buyouts at the private equity firm Carlyle Group, Sandra Horbach is considered a trailblazer for women on Wall Street. She believes that women aren’t putting themselves in positions to be successful because they don’t think they’re qualified enough. Her advice? “Raise your hand, volunteer for tough assignments, don’t wait until you’re 100% prepared to do anything. Jump into things and swim. Take chances. Read Article»

For U.S. Grad Students, Overseas Schools Beckon
Wall Street Journal
For some professions, a foreign graduate degree could be a smart move. As graduate degrees become more valuable in the job market, English-language graduate programs are popping up worldwide. They’re cheaper than U.S. degrees, but their value depends on the profession you’re pursuing and the school’s prestige. For example, studying international relations abroad at a top school adds credibility. Pharmacology and veterinary medicine translate well, but not all degrees do. Fields like law and medicine require additional U.S. certifications and/or training. Read Article»

Microsoft’s CEO Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is In One Sentence
Be a learn-it-all, not a know-it-all. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that know-it-alls may start with more innate capability, but learn-it-alls win in the end. Rather than be an expert, be a student. Rather than say you know something, say you have a hypothesis. Read Article»

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