Boost your Business Acumen

Boost your Business Acumen

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Boost your business acumen by learning more about business.  Enhance your critical thinking in order to increase your ability to solve problems.  Expand your understanding of finance so you can better turn a profit.  Know what it takes to be a good  manager and help employees become productive.  Be an expert on all aspects of running a business.  As you do so, you will  continue to become more valuable in the workplace.  Your increased business acumen will boost your career success.

Skills to Expand your Business Acumen

Keys to Successful Money Management Creating a Successful Business Plan Leadership
Accounting Fundamentals Mastery of Business Fundamentals Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel Employment Law Fundamentals Total Quality Fundamentals
Introduction to Business Analysis Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay
Real Estate Investing Marketing your business on the Internet Keys to Effective Communication
Introduction to Quick Books 2016 Start your own Small Business Understanding the Human Resource Function
The Analysis and Valuation of Stocks Starting a Consulting Practice Supply chain management fundamentals
Introduction to Stock Options Starting a nonprofit High Speed Project Management


Social Media Job Strategies

Social Media Job Strategies

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Social media job strategies can be a useful way to find a job. Use social media as part of your job strategy and you will find that you are soon able to land your dream job.  It seems that everyone is on social media, so use it to your advantages as part of your job search.  Look for ways to use social media to network, find jobs, and land your desired job.

Here are a few links on how to use social media in your job strategy.

Integrate social media job strategies into your job search in order to optimize your results.  A few smart moves can make a big difference in finding the job that is a good match for you.

A social media job search can include using facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, youtube, or other electronic communication to gather information about the job market, to share your information about what you can do, and to link you to your ideal job.

Career Networking for Success

Career Networking for Success

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Career networking for success is a good way to engage in professional development.  Here are some links to information on how to use career networking to benefit your career.

Career Networking Web Links

Networking best practices

Take the time to make links with others in your field.  This can be as simple as talking to your co-workers. You may want to join a professional organization so you can meet new people.  Consider volunteering within your profession to meet others.  Sign up for a professional development class in order to learn something new.  Attend local career functions that relate to your field.  Partner with others in your field to get acquainted  with others with your same interests.

Regularly, be on the look  for ways to expand your peer network as you come to know others in your field.  This can give your career a real boost.  When you go to interview, you may find that you know the person doing the interviewing.  It may give you the inside scoop on a company.  You may be the first to find out what is happening in industry.  Be the one in the know as you take the time to network with others.

Make it a point to network with someone outside of your organization and within your organization each day and each week.  As you take the time to engage in career networking, it can help you  find the job you want!


Self-Assessment: Get to know yourself

Self-Assessment:  Get to know yourself

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Conduct a self-assessment:  get to know yourself.

Personal Interests/Values Questions

  • What do I like to do?
  • What are my hobbies?
  • Am I a self-starter or do I like direction?
  • What would I do if I could do anything?
  • What is my preferred lifestyle?
  • Do I like my work to engage me all the time or do I like time for family and friends?
  • How much money do I need or want?
  • Where do I want to live?
  • Do I want to live in a big city or more rural area?
  • Do I want to make a difference in the world? If so, how?
  • Do I care about fame and prestige?
  • What issues do I care about?
  • What do I value?

Skills Questions

  • What am I good at?
  • What do others tell me I do well at?
  • What hard skills do I have?
  • What soft (people) skills do I have?
  • What skills would I like to develop?
  • What skills would it be useful for me to develop?
  • What can I do to develop the new skills I desire?

Work Environment Questions

  • Do I like working alone or with other people?
  • Do I like working outside or inside?
  • Do I like competition or a more relaxed environment?
  • What work hours do I like? Do I like to get an early start or work late in the day?
  • Do you being affiliated with a big business or a small shop?
  • What part of the work environment did I like in prior work experiences?
  • What part of the work environment did I dislike in prior work experiences?

Once you’ve conducted a self-assessment – do what it takes to match your skills to the work environment you enjoy.  As you do this you will bring about the career success that you desire!

Five Step Skills Improvement Plan

Five Step skills improvement plan



The five step skills improvement plan can be a quick way to plan to improve your skills that will help you success in the workplace.  Take the time to work through each step and you will soon find that you have a new skill that you can put to good use.

First, conduct a self-assessment.

A self-assessment allows you to determine what your skills currently are.  You may decide to develop new skills or you may want to strengthen existing skills. Consider the skills that you have an interest in developing that could be used on the job.

Second, evaluate skills needed in business.

Consider developing or strengthening a skill commonly used in business.  This could include communication, listening, problem solving, computer and technology skills, organization, productivity or team work skills.  While you may want all of these skills, consider which one you would like to focus on first.

Third, decide what skill you will develop.

Make a decision about the skill you will develop.  This involves consideration of your skills, your interests, and well as business needs.  Select a skill that will help you on the job and make a difference in the workplace and your ability to find a job.

Fourth, practice and learn the new skill.

Set specific goals to practice and learn the new skills.  Decide what you will do each day to strengthen the skill you have an interest in.  You may need to devote 30 minutes a day to learning a new computer program, listening, or solving problems in order to practice and learn the new skills. Don’t be discouraged if it seems hard. All new things are hard at first.

Fifth, use the new skill.

Once you have put the time in to learn the new skill look for ways to keep using the skill.  The more you do it, the easier it will become.  Add the skill to your resume and let your boss know about your new skill.  You may find you have earned yourself a promotion without even applying for a new job!

As you use the five step skills improvement plan, you will soon find that you have the new skill you desired and a new promotion as well.

Learn to use business software programs

Learn to use business software programs

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Learn to use business software programs. This will improve your ability to get a job that pays well in the modern workplace. Upgrade your skills and tune-up your career by learning the software that will keep you competitive on the job.

Accounting Software

Adobe Software

General Business Software



Data Base Management

Web Design