How do you keep the saw sharp?

One thing that I think a lot of people miss in the job search process is that they need to continue to grow professionally and personal while searching for a job.  One question that we regularly ask is “How do you improve?”  You need to be able to speak to what you are reading, what podcast you listen to or how you network to stay on top of your field.

Look at it this way, if you are not getting better than you are getting left behind.  You need to have something that you do to stay up with trends in your industry or profession.  Not sure what to read?  Stop by your public library or check out Amazon.  Don’t like reading? Try audio books or podcasts.  Here is my shortlist:

  • Work Rules!
  • Do Great Things
  • 99% Invisible
  • Start Up – Gimlet
  • Planet Money
  • Unbelievable?
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • Invisibilia
  • Freakonomics Radio
  • TED Radio Hour
  • How To Do Everything

The other thing this will do is make you better at small talk, AKA networking.

The Man

Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events.  Small discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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