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The Importance of Plain Language Summaries for Publications

An Early Career Professionals Guest Blog from Carli Friedman and Kate Caldwell of the University of Illinois at Chicago

In this blog, Kate and Carli share their goal of creating plain language summaries for research publications. This approach to knowledge translation is to break down complex concepts into the most essential form by using plain language and universal design so that the widest possible audience will be able to understand it -- including people with I/DD.



10 Emerging Job Search Trends, Tips and Tactics

The changing nature of r�sum�s, use of applicant tracking systems, LinkedIn and other social media sites, Skype video conferencing, big data applications and more are all impacting the way employers and hope-to-be-employees find, communicate and interact with each other. Employers have ever more candidates to evaluate in their search for the perfect fit solution to their need for talent. And in the continuing wake of the Great Recession, career expectations have changed for new grads trying to get a career started, baby boomers with dated skills and just about everyone in between. With so much chatter online and elsewhere about the changing landscape, it can be difficult to determine what the real story is, what trends are newly emerging and where we are all heading.



Leadership Styles

13 of the Most Common Styles of Leadership

A leadership style refers to a leader's characteristic behaviors when directing, motivating, guiding, and managing groups of people. Researchers have described many different types of leadership styles. The following are just a few of the most prominent leadership frameworks and styles that have been identified.

5 tips for speaking


Have a Strategy for Impromptu Speaking

A key demand in business is the ability to speak off-the-cuff. Whether it's giving an unexpected elevator pitch to a potential investor or being asked to quickly defend a proposal to sales, many of us have had to speak with no preparation. Next time, don't panic. The worst business speeches are those that ramble on. If forced to speak, quickly draft a structure of your main argument on a notecard (or napkin). Jot down an introduction, two or three supporting points, and a conclusion. Use extra time to fill out any examples or data you want to address. Always state your thesis up front so listeners can easily follow your supporting comments. Focus on key stories and statistics, rather than your delivery. If you know your topic, the words will come. Finally, keep it short. When in doubt, say less.



10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership

There is a great amount of definitions and theories about effective leadership. Each leader chooses their unique formula of success, but still there are keys to authentic leadership that can't be ignored. Read 10 important principles each leader should know.



The Best Negotiators Plan to Think on Their Feet

You can't script negotiation. Instead, you need a supple strategy you can adapt to the situation at hand. Opportunities pop up. So do obstacles. Power ebbs and flows. Talks that seem to crawl along can suddenly race forward or veer off in another direction. After all, negotiation is a two-way street.



The Non-Boring Way To Show Off Your Soft Skills In Your Job Search

Have you ever described yourself on your resume or in your cover letter as a "hard worker" with a "positive attitude" who is able to "learn quickly?" Let guess - did your job application seem to disappear into the HR black hole? Here's why. While the prevalence of applicant tracking systems, which match up job applications with the skills listed in the job description, has grown, in the end there's still a human doing the final screening. And humans don't connect with a series of keywords - they connect with good stories. In other words, don't sell yourself short by just throwing in flat, overused words to describe your soft skills.



6 Tips for Reluctant Negotiators

Refresh your negotiation skills. Read 6 tips for reluctant negotiators.



How to Write a Cover Letter that Will Get You an Interview

Most job seekers underestimate the importance of a well-written and engaging cover letter. Cover letters can be what gets you pulled out of a stack of applications and called for an interview. They can make the difference between hearing nothing from an employer and eventually getting offered a job. Here's how to write a compelling cover letter that will get you interviews.



Tips for Better Writing

Read more to learn 10 tips for better writing.



How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your resume, prepping for grueling interviews - none of it's fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There's so much conflicting advice out there, it's hard to know where to start. As anyone who's ever written a cover letter knows, it's not easy to do well. Here's how to give hiring managers what they're looking for.



Linked(In) to Your Resume: Job Search Success

While LinkedIn's primary purpose may be professional networking, helping everyone make more connections so they can succeed at their current jobs and establish a solid presence for their careers, recruiters and employers love LinkedIn. LinkedIn has become the Online Portfolio of millions of professionals, and it offers five very important benefits to job seekers when employers make the LinkedIn-resume comparison.



5 Leadership Lessons: Amplified Leadership

Amplified Leadership by Dan Reiland is about developing leaders. He places the development of leaders into a five-step process: Establish a Relationship, Engage a Follower, Embrace a Team, Coach an Apprentice, and finally, Mentor a New Leader. Here are five lessons from his book.



Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

This resource is a listing of financial aid and scholarships for students with disabilities, one of the few comprehensive and simple-to-use directories of its kind. The listing is of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada.



Self-Evaluations: The Key To Career Development

After the end of the fiscal year, many companies ask employees to complete self-evaluations. While many people scoff at this process and don't take it seriously, it can actually be a great opportunity to increase communication between you and your boss and improve your career development. This year, try taking a new approach with an invigorated attitude.

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