Your Inner Q

Knowing others is wisdom; knowing yourself is enlightenment.

- Lao Tzu
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7 Steps to increase self-awareness and catapult your career

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Grit is having the passion and perseverance needed to succeed. Find out how much grit you've got.

Your Inner Q – What makes you tick? Know yourself to grow yourself. 

Understand your personality type and interaction preferences to help you make career choices that are right for you.

Your Outer Q

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Emotional intelligence - the other kind of smart

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Are you emotionally intelligent?

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How you handle yourself and your emotions can predict success better then IQ. Assess your emotional quotient.

Your social quotient determines the quality of your relationship and your effectiveness on a team.  See where you stand. 

Your Outer Q – How do others see you? Having self-awareness of the impression you leave can help shape your future interactions.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

- Albert Einstein
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A better way to discover your strengths

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Know your strengths, own your strengths

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Analyzing your strengths and weaknesses begins with introspection. Take this self assessment to get started. 

Strengths and weaknesses - Do you know what yours are?  Self-assess and get feedback from others so you can begin to build your career plan.

Validate your strengths and weaknesses by getting feedback from others. Send a 360 Survey to those who know you well.

Compare how you see yourself to what others shared.Do a feedback analysis to identify signature strengths and areas to work on.

Interests and Values

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

- Mahatma Gandhi
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8 Simple tips to maximize career fulfillment

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Childhood interests can help you find the right career

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Examine your personal preferences and work style to find a career path that might be a good fit for you. Start exploring.

Values are your personal compass. They give direction to your choices and shape how you behave. Find your true north.

Identify volunteer opportunities to get inspired, build skills, and benefit others. Express your philanthropic side.

Interests and Values – What’s your true north? Get clear on what matters most to you.

Passions and Purpose

Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

- Howard Thurman
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To find your career passion - give yourself a personal 'time out'

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How to identify your passion and create results

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Create your passions profile so thatyou can create a powerhouse of inspiration for you and those around you. Fuel your inner fire.

Your purpose is your big picture, internal vision of what you’d like to achieve. Use your passions and values to uncover your purpose.

Passions and Purpose – What gets you amped?When you are inspired, you become inspirational. Tap into your power source and let the energy surge begin.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Create a vision boardof yourideal career and life to stay focused on your goals.

Knowledge

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

- Confucius
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Why you cannot find a job you love

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How to find and do work you love

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Search the vault.com to do industry research or just browse through careers that might be of interest to you.

Explore MyPlan’s extensive career database and view comprehensive profiles of different career paths.

Review “day on the job” posts on the After College blog to read about what it is like to work in various jobs.

Knowledge - Do you know what is out there? Research different career paths so you can determine what might be the best fit for you.

Energy

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

- Mark Twain
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12 rules for self-management

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All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

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Energy is a renewable resource that stems from your body, mind, and emotions.Take an energy assessmentto manage this resource.

You cannot change the hours in a day, but you can change how you spend them. Assess and improve your time management now.

Self management is about developing strategies to direct your activities towards the achievement of your goals. Get started!

Stress can impact your mental and physical well-being personally and professionally. Identify and manage your stressors.

Energy - Are you making the most of every minute? The way you channel your energy can drive you towards success or exhaust you. Take control now.

Opportunities

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

- Henry Ford
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Organize your mind to organize your life

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5 Reasons why you should commit your goals to writing

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Try something new for 30 days

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The science of productivity

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Opportunities – When opportunity knocks, are you ready to answer? Set goals and prioritize so you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Goalsgive direction to your choices and can map a path towards a destination of your choosing.Are you ready?

Prioritization is evaluating your choices tomanage your time and energy so you can focus on what matters most to you.

Connections

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

- Dale Carnegie
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Building a network in 8 steps

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Build your Networking Nitrogen

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Networking is a tool that opens the door to new opportunities. Assess and build your networking skills.

Resources – Who can you ask for help?Tap into your support system to reach your goals.

A relationship map helps you see who you know and who they know in order to build valuable connections. Get started.

Mentors and sponsors provide guidance to create opportunities and help you make informed decisions. Find out how to find your own.

Communications

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

- George Bernard Shaw
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10 Ways to communicate better at work

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Harnessing the power of stories

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Whether interviewing, networking, or just in a conversation your communication skills leave an impression. What are you saying?

Strong communication relies on message formulation. Structure your message so what you say is relevant and compelling.

There are many modes of communication. Find the best communication vehiclefor different situations.

Communication: What is your story? Communicating with authenticity is essential to being engaged and engaging.

Personal Toolkit

There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything.

- George Washington Carver
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8 Things today's college students must invest in to get hired

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Dress for success

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Complete this personal records checklist so your important papers are ready.

First impressions matter. Make sure you are ready for any occasion. Get set with this personal apparel checklist.

Personal toolkit – Are you prepared for the road ahead? Prepare your personal toolkit now so you are ready for whatever opportunity comes your way.

Job Search Toolkit

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.

- Henry J. Kaiser
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8 Secrets to writing the perfect resume

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Ten days to writing a compelling branded bio

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A well done bio tells the story of who you are – not just what you’ve done. Build emotional connections so others want to get to know you.

A cover letter shows your written communication skills, your attention to detail, and your desire for the position. Be compelling!

A thank you letter is another opportunity to remindrecruiters how special you are. Write a thank you that leaves an impression.

Job search toolkit – are you prepared? Follow these guidelines to perfect your presence on paper.

Your resume is a virtual representation of your unique skills and experience.Get noticed for the right reasons.

Interview Profile

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to change you is the greatest accomplishment.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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11 Things you should do in the 15 minutes before a job interview

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Amp up your interview

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An interview is a two way street. Do your research and prepare questions to make sure the organization is a good fit for you.

Though each interview is different, you should still prepare answers to standard and oddball questions that might come your way.

An elevator pitch is a quick summary of who you are and the value you bring. Create a memorable and compelling introduction.

Interviewing – are you a keeper? Knowing what to ask and how to answer key questions can make or break opportunities.

Online Image

You are what you share.

- C.W. Leadbetter
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22 LinkedIn secrets LinkedIn won't tell you

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10 LinkedIn blunders that make you look like an amateur

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9 Ways for job seekers to clean up their social media

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Social media etiquette - for current and future employment considerations

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Access the online ID calculator to see what your online brand currently says about you.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking platform. Build your profile to improve your visibility and credibility.

Social media isa powerful vehicle to promote your skills and interests and attract opportunities.Follow thesedo’s and don’ts.

Online image – Is your virtual presence helping or hurting you? Take control of the signals you are sending.

Professional Presence

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

- Aristotle
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5 Tips to create a positive first impression

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How to dress for your next job interview

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How to fascinate

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It takes seconds to create a first impression. Review this 7 second checklist to make a grand entrance.

Dressing for success can build your confidence and create a positive first impression. Make your wardrobe work for you.

Social savvy is an important component of any interaction. Follow these etiquette tips to survive the “social” scene.

Professional presence – are you groomed for success? You get one chance to make a first impression, so polish your presence now.

Build Your Brand

When you mask your authenticity, you rob the world of your unique ingredient.

- William Arruda
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3 Critical questions to ask yourself before building your brand

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Build your personal brand advantage

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Your brand is your reputation and most valuable asset. It precedes and follows you. Communicate your value clearly.

Build Your Brand – What do you want to be known for?

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Communicate with Confidence

Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.

- Peter T. Mcintyre
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10 nonverbal cues that convey confidence at work

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Confidence is not only about how you feel – it is about how you act. Take charge of the signals you are sending.

Communicate with Confidence –What can you achieve if you do not let fear hold you back?

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Deepen Relationships

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives

- Jackie Robinson
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9 Habits of people who build extraordinary relationships

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Build strong relationships

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Building trust is imperative to creating and maintaining relationships. Cultivate trust to grow your career.

Cultural competence is feeling comfortable and confident in all situations with all types of people. Build your awareness now.

Build Relationships – How close are your ties with others?

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Focus on Feedback

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

- Benjamin Franklin
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Find the coaching in criticism

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Focusing on feedback

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Feedback is a gift that can help improve your performance. Remain AWARE to maximize your feedback opportunities.

Focus on Feedback – How can you be your best?

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Make Your Mark

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Make your mark

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Make your Mark – What steps will you take and what footprint will you leave?