Emotional Smarts and the Liberal Arts

Confidence.  Empathy.  Emotional awareness.  Collaboration.  The ability to “read” others.  Political awareness.  Adaptability.  These are some of the characteristics that comprise “emotional intelligence.”  If there’s one thing people at work struggle with perhaps more than any other, it’s navigating the emotional terrain on the job.  If you haven’t worked in business you may, from a distance,…

Looking for the Launchpad

I teach in the School of Business at Portland State, a class called “Advanced Business Communication” aimed at helping about-to-be accountants, supply chain managers, marketing staff, financial analysts, and operational managers be better writers and speakers in their future jobs.  I’m always happily surprised by the business students’ level of engagement, not only about my class…

Spring Career Fairs and Liberal Arts Majors

 It’s spring, that time of year here in the northern hemisphere when trees push out new leaves from dormant limbs, days get longer, and snows turn to showers (unless you’re in the northeastern part of the U.S., still waiting for the day you can put away the snow shovel!).  It’s also the time of year…

Resume Tips for Liberal Arts Students

I review a lot of students’ résumés, and I find myself dispensing similar advice résumé after résumé.  So I thought I’d share a few suggestions with you here from my perspective as (1) someone who sat on the hiring side of the desk for a couple of decades and (2) a champion of liberal arts majors looking…

Sapping Our Job Recovery: Online Application Systems

(I’m going to digress a little from the usual fare to talk about the job application process for a moment.)           In this era of record unemployment, it seems everyone who isn’t unemployed knows at least a dozen people who are.  Our economic recovery—everyone seems to agree—depends on “jobs creation.”  Lack of jobs is a…