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What Is Nonprofit Management? And What Does It Involve?

  Want to work at a nonprofit?    Chad Thevenot, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies, sheds light on an intellectually rewarding and lucrative career path you may not have considered.   Read more… …

The Most Underrated Skill You Need to Succeed: Asking For Help

Todd Noebel, Director of Hiring and Professional Development at Institute for Humane Studies   Are you ready to take the next step in your career but don’t know how to get there? According to Todd Noebel of the Institute for Humane …

How to Write Good*

Roger Custer, Executive Director of America’s Future Foundation   Writing is an essential skill no matter what your profession. From creating blog posts to sending emails, you’ll be doing a fair amount of writing. Many make the mistake of undervaluing …

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

August 23, 2013 By Mikael Cho, co-founder of ooomf   Clutter can affect your life in many ways, but Mikael Cho, co-founder of ooomf, says there is something you can do about it. Read his article and free yourself from …

One Way to Double Your Market Value at Work

By Fred Kofman, Director of Conscious Business Center   Do you want to significantly increase your worth at the office? According to Fred Kofman, Author of Conscious Business, there’s one simple way to do so: honor your word unconditionally. Integrity …

Pointers for Your Internship or First Job

By Roger Custer, Executive Director of America’s Future Foundation     You’ve landed your first job or internship, congratulations!     The drudgery of interviewing and resume perfecting is done for now, but preparing for your first professional endeavor presents …

Sit Up Straight: Mom’s Guide to a Good Interview

July 25, 2013 By, Todd Noebel, Director of Hiring and Professional Development, Institute for Humane Studies and Mercatus Center at George Mason University   Mom knows best, and Todd Noebel of IHS advises you in this article about how mom definitely knows …

The Emotional Intelligence Skills Employers Want Now

By Daniel Goleman, Co-Director of Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations     So you know how to tie a tie, but do you work well on a team? Communicate effectively? Adapt well to change?     Technical …

Resume Help! Download this Template

By Claire Kittle, Executive Director of Talent Market   If you want that dream job, then you need a darn good resume.   But it’s difficult to get exactly right. Building a resume that makes a great first impression and …

11 Reasons Graduates Lose Out on Jobs

By Mark O’Toole, Undercover Recruiter   Original source can be found here.   Are you a recent college grad who’s new to the job hunt? Don’t lose your turn because you’ve never played the game.   Experienced marketer Mark O’Toole …

Why You Should Not Go to Law School

February 21, 2013 by Tucker Max, author of “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” Original source can be found here.   Considering law school? Then, don’t miss this scathing critique by Tucker Max in the Huffington Post. Drawing from droll …

When the First Interview is a Phone Call

January 14, 2013 by Phyllis Korkki, The New York Times Original source can be found here.   With companies sometimes receiving hundreds of applications for a single job, it is becoming more common for hiring managers to conduct initial screening interviews over …

What Do Lady Gaga and a Graduate Degree Have in Common?

December 14, 2012 by Claire Kittle, Talent Market Original source can be found here.   Both have values that have been overinflated by society.   Oh, I jest. Well, a little. I’m not saying graduate degrees aren’t valuable; they are often quite useful, depending on the …

Top 3 Blunders Young Liberty-Loving Job Seekers Make

December 3, 2012 by Claire Kittle, Talent Market Original source can be found here.   Last week at the SPN annual meeting in Cleveland, I had the distinct pleasure of talking briefly with the Generation Liberty Fellows about job seeking. I thought it might …

Tips for Talking about Salary

November 19, 2012 by Claire Kittle, Talent Market  Original Source can be found here.   If my candidates are any indication, talking about salary is one of the most dreaded conversations one can have — second only to perhaps “the birds and the …

The Working Dead: 7 Ways to Avoid Becoming an Office Zombie

April 18, 2013 By Aaron Gouveia, Salary.com contributing writer. Original source can be found here.   Look out! The monotony of daily office life may be creeping into your workplace. At any moment a terrible tedium can consume your workday.   …

The Pathway to the Right Vocation

February 15, 2013 by Kristina Burroughs, Recruiter at Center for Shared Services Original source can be found here.   A big part of the job search includes looking for an opening that is a “good fit”. In this short article, Kristina Burroughs …

The Most Effective Networking Tool for Job Seekers

The Four Words You Will Never Say Again in Business: That’s Not My Job

The Art of Haggling

February 1, 2013 by Claire Suddath, Staff Writer at Bloomberg Businessweek Original source can be found here.   How should you approach the last bastion of haggling: salary negotiation? Claire Suddath gives a basic overview in this article for Bloomberg Businessweek.   …

Talking Turkey: Determining an Appropriate Salary Range

January 11, 2013 by Claire Kittle, Talent Market Original source can be found here.   Whew! Last month’s tip about providing requested salary information inspired a lot of great feedback! It’s going to take several months to get to all the great …

Stand Out in Your Interview

February 15, 2013 by Amy Gallo, Contributing Editor at Harvard Business Review Original source can be found here.   You have an interview. Congratulations!  How can you rock the interview? We all know to dress appropriately, but what about the finer points …

Sheryl Sandberg Leans In

March 18, 2013 By Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Original source can be found here.   What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Would you join the circus, ask for that promotion, or apply to your dream job? Sheryl Sandberg claims …

Public Speaking Tips for the Nervous

March 20, 2013 by Scott Hamilton, Partner at the Westminster Connection LLP Original source can be here.   Get choked up every time you utter a word to more than 3 people? Do you feel like you are wearing American Eagle’s Skinny Skinny …

Preparing Your Resume and Cover Letter

Flashback Friday!   Preparing Your Resume and Cover Letter   March 8, 2013   “A date is a job interview that lasts all night. The only difference between a date and a job interview is that there are not many …

Perfecting Your Resume

Networking Advice: Where to Start

Networking Advice: Navigating Conversations at Receptions

Networking Advice: How to Best Use LinkedIn

Mom Knows Best: Proofreed Proofread

November 14, 2012 by Claire Kittle, Talent Market  Original Source can be found here.   My mother was an English teacher. Growing up in our house involved lots of mini-grammar lessons, Oxford commas, and endless streams of red ink on papers. …

Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut

February 6, 2013 by Ethan Bronner, National Legal Affairs Correspondent at NY Times Original source can be found here.   Yearning to unleash your inner Atticus Finch by going to law school? You may wish to reconsider. Rising tuition, debt and a broken “escalator …

Landing a Job in the Liberty Movement

March 25, 2013 By Claire Kittle, Executive Director of Talent Market Original source can be found here.    Love the Liberty Movement? Ready to commit to a career, but are you not sure how to find the right freedom-fighting spot for you?   …

Job Applicants’ Cultural Fit Can Trump Qualifications

February 7, 2013 by Logan Hill, Bloomberg Businessweek Original source can be found here.   Can you lose the job even if you’re the most skilled applicant? If you’re a poor cultural fit, you may not land the position. Logan Hill examines …

Interview Take-Along Checklist

December 5, 2012 by Christine F. Della Monaca, Monster Staff Writer Original source can be found here.   You’re interviewing for a job tomorrow, and you think you’ve done all the interview preparation you need to do. You’ve practiced your answers to a multitude of common …

How to Write More Effectively for Liberty

January 10, 2013 by Ella Peterson, Students for Liberty Original source can be found here.   Far too often, advocates of liberty fail to make effective arguments in their writing. As Alexander McCobin discussed in a previous post, libertarians often forget that “When …

How to Start a Search for a Mentor

How To Get Ahead In Business If Your Boss Is Anything Like Me

December 6, 2012 by Bob Bonsall, Marketing Communications Manager at IHS/Blogger at MNSHO Original source can be found here.   Somehow, despite all my worst efforts, I’ve ended up supervising quite a few people over the past several years, as well as observing more …

How Great Leaders Communicate

February 4, 2013 by George Anders, on LinkedIn Original source can be found here.   Often it can seem that the only way to lead is to take over the room as if you were Donald Trump or LBJ. However, new research suggests …

Factor in Failure on a Path to Success

April 8, 2013 By Kristina Burroughs, Recruiter for the Center for Shared Services Original source can be found here.   Feel like you are constantly failing? You’re not alone. From our first steps to our final breaths, every person is continually making mistakes. …

Distinguish Yourself: Listen

Distinguish Yourself: Keep Learning

Degrees for a Policy Career: Do You Need Law School?

Defining Success

December 12, 2012 by Kristina Burroughs, Recruiter at Center for Shared Services Original source can be found here.   One of the most important things you can do in narrowing down your job search starts with a series of questions that only …

Career and Internship Resources

December 4, 2012 by Steven Strausbaugh, Young Americans for Liberty Original source can be found here.   As I write this, I am on the job hunt. If you’re looking for work or internships in liberty right now, keep reading. I consider myself …

Beware the Phantom Job Listing

January 9, 2013 by Lauren Weber and Leslie Kwoh, Wall Street Journal Original source can be found here.   John Nottingham says he was planning to hire a new design manager eventually. But when he heard a talented fellow alumnus of his …

Avoid Common Email Mistakes

April 1, 2013 By Roger Custer, Executive Director of America’s Future Foundation Original source can be found here.   So you have the basics of email etiquette down. You use the bcc and cc correctly; you spellcheck before sending; and call if the issue …

A List of Networking No-Nos or “Not-Workings”

80% of Success is Just Showing Up: Landing a Job in Another City

December 19, 2012 by Claire Kittle, Talent Market Original source can be found here.   I often work with candidates who want to move to a specific city, but they don’t want to relocate until they have landed a job.   And …

8 Career Lessons from Katniss Everdeen of the ‘Hunger Games’

  April 4, 2013 By Ritika Trikha of Careerbliss.com Original source can be found here.   Katniss Everdeen dodges danger and outwits her opponents. Can Katniss’ survival techniques help you survive today’s job market? Career blogger Ritika Trikha thinks so.   Read more…

4 Essential Questions To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview

January 8, 2013 by Investopedia, Forbes Contributor Original source can be found here.   “I am always surprised how some interviewees tend to trail off towards the end of an interview instead of finishing strong and leaving a lasting impression,” says Zachary Rose, …

20 Ways to Find Your Calling

December 13, 2012 by Jessica Hagy, Forbes Contributor Original source can be found here.   Not sure what to be when you grow up (whenever that is)? Fret no more. We can figure this out together. Let’s get started.   1. Ignore the future, …

11 Ways to Gauge Your Next Employer’s Culture

January 25, 2013 by George Anders, on LinkedIn Original source can be found here.   It’s easy to size up people’s personalities. A rich vocabulary lets us distinguish between introverts and extroverts, optimists and pessimists, and so on. When the conversation turns …

11 Social Media Mistakes You Don’t Even Know You’re Making

November 27, 2012 By Heather Dugan, Salary.com contributing writer Original source can be found here.   Spotting the mistakes of others is easy: The cringe-inducing Facebook status message. The ill-advised “after hours” tweet. Using Foursquare to check-in at an establishment of questionable repute. While …

Ways to Improve Your Professional Writing Skills

Resources researched by the Liberty Guide team.   Whether you’re in your first real job or are a seasoned professional, chances are your job requires quite a bit of writing. Here at Liberty Guide, we understand how important it is to have …

Winning Tenure

  By Michael Munger   In April 2005, INSIDEHIGHERED.COM carried a story on the tenure process. Here is an excerpt:   The scholar was well liked and well published, according to the e-mail that arrived last week, but he was …

Conducting the Job Search

  By David Schmidtz   The Problem   Suppose you are just starting graduate school, hoping to be a professor in five years or so. If you were an undergraduate, you wouldn’t wait until your senior year to find out …

Publishing Your Work

  By Michael Munger   For better or worse, publishing your research needs to be the strongest leg in the three-legged stool of academic success. The other two legs, service and teaching, are also important, but publishing is clearly first …

Writing Your Dissertation and Creating Your Research Agenda

  By Michael Munger   It is important to remember that your research agenda and dissertation are the main reasons you are in graduate school. They need to be your main focus…even though that may be a hard fact for …

Teaching in Graduate School

  By James Stacey Taylor   At some point during your graduate career—if not during all of it—you are likely to teach undergraduates. Initially, you will probably be a teaching assistant (TA) for a professor. Later, you may be expected …

Dealing With People/Getting Along

  By Jeremy Shearmur with editorial input from David Schmidtz   Do Unto Others…   Imagine that you were part of a conversation on some topic of interest to you. What would your reaction be if someone barged into the …

Developing a Better Product, or The Self As a Work of Art

  By Jeremy Shearmur with editorial input from David Schmidtz   The topic of personal development raises an issue so important that it merits a section of its own. It is best approached via an interesting theme in the history …

Being in Graduate School

  By Jeremy Shearmur with editorial input from David Schmidtz   Developing Your Skills   Graduate work is an apprenticeship in which you develop the skills you will need as a full-fledged scholar. You may well have misgivings about some …

Choosing a School

  By Matt Zwolinski   Introduction   Most prospective graduate students know the importance of choosing a “good” graduate school, but few fully appreciate the variety of considerations which can go into making a school a good one. Academic ratings …

Introduction

  This collection offers some frank but friendly advice to those of you interested in classical liberalism and considering an academic career. The life of the scholar is a voyage filled with deep and enduring satisfactions, but it is a …

Cable: the once and future king of news?

  In the beginning, there was The Newspaper.   Then there were The Networks: NBC, ABC, and CBS. By the 1960s, The Networks had surpassed The Newspaper as America’s main source of information.   Then there was CNN. Cable News …

Finding a job in television news

  Finding a job in local television news is difficult, particularly if you want to be on air. News directors tell me they often get two hundred or more résumé tapes for every one job opening. The lure of the …

Breaking into the TV-news business

  I’ll start with some general advice, tried-and-truisms from twenty-four years in the business, the last fourteen helping to launch hundreds of Bachelor of Fine Arts in broadcast journalism into the always-daunting, ever-changing, and ever-diffuse landscape of broadcast news.   …

Roles reversed: When the print journalist becomes the television interviewee

  You’ve studied print journalism—learned the best way to ask questions, craft a story, and write a catchy headline—so when your story makes it big and you’re interviewed on TV, it should be a piece of cake, right? Not necessarily. …

Investigative Journalism

  If you’re interested in becoming a journalist, you’ve probably read so much about the pending death of newspapers and news magazines that you’ve read a number of laments over the death of investigative journalism too. Don’t believe them. They …

Tenancity pays: My journey from cub to bear reporter

  Prudently, Mom and Dad refused to fund my wish for a journalism degree. They agreed it would doom me to abject poverty for the remainder of my days. However, during my senior year a young lady on whom I …

Using new media to jump start your career

  The Internet gives you the power to publish content globally and instantaneously for free. There are no gatekeepers, no distributors, and no editors. If you are a journalist at the beginning of your career, it’s an extraordinary opportunity. You …

Fundamentals of freelancing: Approaching writing as a business

  Freelance writing can be a rewarding career that brings you into contact with inspiring people who love what they do and love sharing it with the world. It can give you a measure of control over your own time, …

The first voice heard in the morning: Four steps for starting a career in radio journalism

  Radio news on AM/FM commercial stations is a tough gig. It is not a 9 to 5 job. You will have to come in at odd hours, weekends, overnight, etc. Get used to it. After all, radio prime time …

How to trick people into paying you to write articles

  When most people say someone is from “inside the Beltway,” they don’t mean it as a compliment. This is doubly true if the speaker happens to be of the libertarian persuasion. But being a denizen of the District of …

Practical tips to starting your journalism career

  Random tips for journalists Keep these things in your car at all times: a notebook, pens, business cards, sturdy shoes, a rain coat and a map (MapQuest and GPS will get it wrong) Never be shy about saying, “I …

Making old media’s demise work for you: Opportunities and challenges of being a full-time freelancer

  If you’re thinking about a journalism career, you’ve probably heard all of the horrific stats about shrinking newspapers, reporters having to cover multiple beats, massive layoffs, and the like.   It’s all true.   But what you need to …

Confounding the sourpusses: Seven steps for laughing your way into a journalism career

  Most successful journalists, when called upon to speak in front a group of aspiring young reporters, writers, and editors, tell them that, sadly, the glory days are long gone. There’s no more gold in them thar hills. The very …

Introduction by John Elliott

  Career Planning for the Undergraduate   If you are an undergraduate, then you are well situated to get off to a good start. The first thing you need to know is that you don’t have to major in journalism. …

Law School Myth: Getting a Law Degree Opens Lots of Doors

by Alison, The Girls Guide to Law School Originally posted on October 12, 2011 Original source can be found here.   “A law degree is really flexible! It opens lots of doors.” Do not believe this statement. Hearing it makes …

Law School Myth: Lawyers Make a Lot of Money

by Alison, The Girl’s Guide to Law School Originally posted on September 7, 2011. Original source can be found here.   To put it charitably, one reason people consider joining the legal profession is to cash in — lawyers make …

A Day in the Life of a Young Lawyer

by Jordan Rushie, a lawyer at a small private firm in Philadelphia Originally posted on April 30, 2012. Original source can be found here.   6:00am: Alarm goes off. “Hey hon. Did you bleach my white shirts? I can’t wear …

The Perils of Law School

by Megan McArcdle; Special Correspondent to The Daily Beast. Originally posted September 24, 2012. Original source can be found here.   Paul Campos and I are pretty far apart politically, but it turns out we have broad areas of agreement, …