Cultivating your career involves learnable skills. A recent count of Lynda.com courses resulted in well over 50 that directly address career development skills and topics. That’s great, but who has time to explore all of them? Here are a few selections suggested by professionals concerned with the career development of UC Berkeley staff. Thanks to the following individuals: Brian Decal (HR/Recruitment), Linda Lundberg (Transition Services), Chris McLean (Counseling and Psychological Services), Terrie Moore (Counseling and Psychological Services)
Discovering Your Strengths: Knowing your strengths and how they relate to job responsibilities can help you set and sustain a course for continued success and growth. Author Dave Crenshaw also wrote the book, Invaluable: the Secret to Becoming Irreplaceable.
Creating a Career Plan: Any plan involves a series of steps. Dr. Chaz Austin lays out the stages of an effective career plan.
Writing a Resume: Particularly segments 3, 8, 9, 10, and the conclusion in this comprehensive course by Stacey Gordon. (Note that current best practices favor beginning your resume with a strong professional summary of your skills and experience. If you also include your objective, please consider the industry you are targeting and your experience.)
Learning LinkedIn: The importance of having a strong network is clear, and LinkedIn is one of the best-known social networking tools online. Author Oliver Schinkten describes principal features and how to use them.
And don’t forget that the best learning occurs when you build on courses by doing something with what you’ve learned. So commit to one or two action steps based on your Lynda.com learning.