Professionalism

VIDEOS
Smon Sinek – Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe.

Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

WEBSITES, NEWSLETTERS, and PERIODICALS
Gallup Business Journal A well-respected and often referenced source for information on participating in professional settings. The journal conducts studies related to workplace trends and phenomena and writes interesting articles that are helpful for one exploring these topics.

The Business Journals  Features local business and industry news from various markets around the United States along with tools and resources, including: jobs, events, and advice.

Marc and Angel Hack Life: Practical Tips for Productive Living  Blog with articles relating to career success, happiness, and pursuit.

TOOLS & APPS
Etiquette and Professionalism, Vanderbilt University  Tips and tools for conducting yourself in a professional manner in both academic and professional settings. Tips on asking for letters of recommendation and how to conduct business correspondence. Page also contains templates for business related correspondence.

ARTICLES and BOOKS
Mind Tools: Professionalism  Article on the defining characteristics of professionalism and tips on how to be a professional.

40 Quick Tips for Career Happiness and Success. Aside from great tips, this article also contains links with resume templates and samples. Comments section provides fruitful discussion on the topic.

Klaus, Peggy. The Hard Truth about Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner. Fortune 500 coach Peggy Klaus encounters individuals every day who excel at their jobs but aren’t getting where they want to go. It’s rarely a shortfall in technical expertise that limits their careers, but rather a shortcoming in their social, communication, and self-management behaviors.  Klaus delivers practical tools and techniques for mastering soft skills across the career spectrum. The author reveals why soft skills are often ignored, while bringing their importance to life in her trademark style—straightforward, humorous, and motivating. Perfect for readers at all professional stages—from those who are just starting out to seasoned executives—this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to take his or her career to the next level. (Description from amazon.com).

Wiersma, Bill. The Power of Professionalism: Seven Mind Sets that Drive Performance and Build Trust. In this groundbreaking book, Wiersma outlines the seven key mind-sets of trusted professionals, offering a blueprint for both individuals and organizations interested in fostering a culture of professionalism. You’ll see how uncompromising professional standards led to unparalleled success for FBI agent George Piro during his game-changing interrogation of Saddam Hussein, for supermodel Kathy Ireland’s design and marketing enterprise, for the world-renowned Dave Matthews Band, and for many more. Professionalism is unique. It’s the ladder upon which all other organizational virtues rest. That’s why organizations whose members view themselves as professionals will outperform, outsmart, and outlast organizations that don’t, which translates into competitive advantage. Wiersma builds his case with contributions from such luminaries as John Bogle, founder and former CEO of the Vanguard Group; Gen. Richard B. Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Paul Orfalea, founder and former CEO of Kinko’s, and many others. Given the stakes and the current state of business affairs, this is another Big AHA! whose timing couldn’t be better.

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
Idealist.  Website that allows you to search for regionally specific jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships, community organizations, events, people, and blogs. Opportunities largely relate to the non-profit sector, though they can also cross into private companies and relate to academic pursuits.

Recruiter: Helping you find better opportunities  Website that contains job search capabilities as well as articles and resources, such as advice and news regarding finding a job and developing yourself as a professional.