Resumes, cover letters, and interviews…oh my! Finding a job is a balancing act of staying on top deadlines and paperwork. But before you land a job (and even after you land a job) it’s important to have some clarity around what you want to do. Building a happy, sustainable, fulfilling career requires reflection and ongoing development.
To help you out, we’ve found a few blogs that go beyond job search tips and offer research, interviews, and insights on leadership, productivity, passion, success, and balance.
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
There is no shortage of studies claiming to have discovered what makes people successful, happy, and fulfilled. Eric Barker digs a bit deeper,breaking these studies down to better explain how they actually apply to our work and personal lives and interviewing experts.
- Start with: 8 things the most successful people in the world have in common and The way to happiness: Remember the 4 Ps.
Escape From Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
Written by Pamela Slim, Escape From Cubicle Nation is exactly what it sounds like: a blog dedicated to helping you ditch monotony, discover your passion, and make an impact on the world-at-large. If you’re looking to work for yourself or reinvent your career, let Pamela Slim’s blog be your vanguard.
- Start with: How to get your groove back (getting success once you’ve lost it) and How to make sure your values align with your work.
Fast Company looks to chronicle all that is new, exciting, and effective in the business world. As a result, their leadership content frequently showcases the most progressive advice on how leadership and our work lives are changing in a variety of industries.
- Start with: How to find happiness in a job you hate and Want to finally stop procrastinating? Prepare your mood first.
In graduate school and wondering how to manage your time and plan your career? This blog is written by graduate students from a variety of universities, departments, and stages in their careers and for the entire range of graduate students and professionals.
- Start with: From first-generation college student to first generation grad student and Five organizational tips for the new year.
Known for being a tech blog, Lifehacker has expanded their brand to include robust, varied, and targeted productivity advice cultivated from the internet and leaders in the tech industry. Peruse Lifehacker for great articles on maximizing your work life.
- Start with: Why your brain can’t handle a full work day and Why your New Year’s resolutions will fail, and what to do instead.
Popforms is a website that sets out to help teams work better by helping managers and their teams set and complete goals. Their blog shares advice for new managers and leaders on creating strong cultures, managing teams, and staying inspired.
- Start with: Leave something beautiful behind and Do you know how to lead your team?Why coaching is a critical part of your leadership practice.
Study Hacks by Cal Newport
We’re always wondering how to be more productive: Which app should we use? What’s the best way to plan our day? Cal Newport offers insights on productivity and developing expertise through research, interviews, and his own personal experience.
- Start with: Email won’t help you win a Nobel Prize and What’s holding you back from your creative potential? You don’t work nearly hard enough.
If you’re passionate about a career in international development, WhyDev is the best place to go. In addition to offering tips on creating a career in this field, they also write thought-provoking pieces on trends in international development.
- Start with: So you’re thinking of studying an MA in international studies? Think again and Some bad news about TOMS Shoes.
Wired 4 Leadership has one goal: to help good leaders become great leaders. The advice given on this blog is geared toward building on leadership qualities and creating change, innovation, and success in the workplace.
Work Happy Now by Karl Straib
Work Happy Now chronicles Karl’s experiences and lessons learned in creating a happy career, after a string of jobs that left him unfulfilled. Work Happy Now sets out to help you be happy in your work, whether that means finding new employment or changing your own perspective.
- Start with: 7 pieces of career advice you wish you had known sooner and How to create a better job for yourself.
For young nonprofit professionals, by young nonprofit professionals, the Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network creates content to empower fellow fledgling careerists in their work lives by sharing insights and tips on navigating the nonprofit sector and building a supportive network.
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