Archive for April, 2017

The New Elevator Pitch: Share Your ‘Why,’ Not Your ‘What’

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

I can remember just a year ago when, by chance, I found myself having a conversation with a woman affiliated with the United Nations. I began to open up to her about my vision for reimagining higher education.

I recognized there wasn’t anything logical about why she should be interested in my idea. I didn’t have much to show for it like a fancy website, sponsors or a big social media presence, but I did have one thing that set me apart—passion. I was able to convey my “why” behind my project, the burning need I felt for the education system to expand its horizons to prepare students for nontraditional career paths. She was immediately enrolled, and on the spot she invited me to present my idea to the UN in 3 weeks.

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The classic 60-second elevator pitch in which you share “what” you do is outdated and ineffective. Learn how to craft a pitch that will instantly enroll others by sharing your “why” instead.

Microsoft’s CEO Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella. Since taking over as CEO just three years ago, he’s used a combination of effective leadership and brilliant business moves to return the tech company to relevance.

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Nadella credits Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s best-selling book, Mindset, as the inspiration for the culture he’s trying to build at Microsoft.

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Don’t be a know-it-all. Be this instead.

How To Look For A Job, No Matter How Long It’s Been

Posted on April 28th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Job hunting takes different forms at different times in your life. Did you take a new job six months ago that isn’t working out, and are you ready to fire up your search all over again? That’s fine, just don’t use the same resume and cover letter. Since you’re hitting the job market so soon after getting out of it, you’ll need to change up your approach.

It cuts the other way, too; your job search will be different if you’ve spent a long time at one company and start looking again for the first time in years. How employers see you depends a lot on how long or short your job tenure has been.

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Whether you haven’t looked for a job in a decade or are perilously fresh from your last job search, these tips can help you position yourself strategically.

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