Career Information and Advice for Business Professionals
By Karen Schweitzer, About.com Guide
- Effective Leadership
- Business Wisdom for Entrepreneurs and Managers
- Advice from Business Professionals
- Sales Tools and Techniques
In or out of school, internships can give you valuable hands-on experience that can't be obtained anywhere else. Internships also give you a chance to try out your business specialization or a particular industry before you make any formal commitments. If you're lucky, you may even get a job offer out of the deal. More than 50 percent of employers lay a full-time job offer on the table when the internship comes to an end. Of course, you'll have to work hard and prepare for the position just like you would prepare for anything else. Here are a few resources that may help.
- Internships 101
- MBA Internships 101
- Must Read Guide for Interns
- Best Entry-Level Jobs for Interns and New Grads
- Top 10 MBA Internship Opportunities
- Interview Techniques Recruiters Use to Screen Interns
- The Intern Files
- Featured Internship Program - Nationwide Insurance Internship Program
- Interview with Nationwide Insurance Recruiter Mark Meador
Choosing a career can be tricky. Every job is different, and each comes with its own set of pros and cons. If you know you want to work in business, but you aren't sure what type of job you want, check out this collection of job profiles. Each profile includes pertinent information about the job's salary range, required education, economic outlook, and more.
- How Do I Choose a Specialization?
- Accountant Job Profile
- Advertising Executive Job Profile
- Business Manager Job Profile
- Corporate Recruiter Job Profile
- Credit Analyst Job Profile
- Executive Recruiter Job Profile
- Finance Officer Job Profile
- Financial Analyst Job Profile
- Hotel and Motel Manager Job Profile
- Human Resources Manager Job Profile
- Insurance Underwriter Job Profile
- Management Analyst Job Profile
- Management Consultant Job Profile
- Market Research Analyst Job Profile
- Office Administrator Job Profile
- Public Relations Specialist Job Profile
Finding a Job
If you have completed your business school education and are looking for a job, this section should be one of your first stops. Here you will find specialized tips for business graduates, general job search information, salary negotiation guides, and much more.
- How to Find a Job
- How to Survive a Tough Job Market
- What Every Job Seeker Needs to Know
- Should You Go Back to School?
- Top Job Search Sites
- Search Millions of Jobs
- Top 10 Jobs for People People
- Top 10 Jobs for Type A Personalities
- Deducting Job Search Expenses
- Relocating for a Job
- Cost of Living Calculator
- Job Assessor Tool
- How to Evaluate a Job Offer
- Salary Comparison Tool
- Guide to Your Career
- Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums
- Her Corner Office
Resumes and Cover Letters
Resumes are the key to getting a good job in the business world. A polished resume that clearly illustrates your value will stand out and give employers a reason to call you. Not sure where to start? The following resume writing resources will help.
- How to Write an Effective Resume
- Resume Writing Tips
- Resume Mistakes to Avoid
- Sample Resume (Before and After)
- How to Write an Effective Cover Letter
In the competitive world of business, a career reference can make or break a jobseeker's chances. See what a good career reference looks like and get tips on writing and requesting recommendation letters here.
- What is a Career Reference?
- Requesting Recommendation Letters
- Writing Recommendation Letters
- Is it Ok to Lie?
Job interviews can be stress inducing. But they don't have to be. With the right amount of preparation, you can get through your next job interview without breaking a sweat.
Leading an entire team or company isn't easy. You must be an effective leader if you want others to follow. You can brush up on what you already know and acquire new leadership skills with the following books and articles.
- 35 Resources for Aspiring Managers
- How to Delegate Responsibility
- Remarkable Leadership
- The Hybrid Leader
- Trust: The Secret Weapon of Effective Business Leaders
- Bhagavad Gita on Effective Leadership
- Strategic Hiring
- The Definitive Drucker
- Why Should the Boss Listen to You?
- The Leadership Experience
- Tribal Leadership
- If You're Not First, You're Last
- Your Next Move
- How Remarkable Women Lead
- The Leader's Way
- The Diamond Cutter
- Karmic Management
- The Supervision Solution
- Barack Inc
Business Wisdom for Entrepreneurs and Managers
A good book can inspire you to go in directions you never dreamed. The following books provide invaluable business wisdom for entrepreneurs, managers, and other business professionals.
- Next Now: Trends for the Future
- Lies Start-ups Tell Themselves to Avoid Marketing
- The Inside Advantage
- Predicting Technology
- Blind Spots
- How You Leave Them Feeling
- Passion at Work
- Alice in Corporate Wonderland
- Today's Newspaper Wraps Tomorrow's Fish
- Presenting Learning
- What Made Jack Welch Jack Welch
- We - The Ideal Customer Relationship
- Keep Swinging - An Entrepreneur's Story
- Gravitational Marketing
- Prepare to Be a Millionaire
- Accidental Branding
- Jacked Up - Inside Story of Jack Welch
- Trendspotting for the Next Decade
- Rules of Thumb
- Profits Aren't Everything, They're the Only Thing
Advice from Business Professionals
Are you interested in hearing what other business professionals think about leadership, hiring, sales, marketing, and other business principles? Look no further than the links below.
- Corporate Culture - Interview with RT Talasek
- Leadership - Interview with Trudy Bourgeois
- Achieving Success- Interview with Claudia Shelton
- Get the Boss to Listen to You- Interview with Jim Lukaszewski
- The First 30 Days
- How to Raise Capital for Start-Ups and Other Business Ventures
Sales Tools and Techniques
Selling is the root of any business. If you are looking for sage advice or techniques that you can implement today, check out these books on sales and marketing.
Icebreakers or icebreaker games are a great way to start off a meeting or seminar. The following provide step-by-step instructions for group icebreakers and tips on how to create your own icebreaker games.
- Icebreaker Do's and Don'ts
- Icebreaker Games for Small Groups
- Icebreaker Games for Large Groups
- Top 3 Icebreaker Games for Groups
- Talkshow Icebreaker