professional development

 

More than 50 percent of jobs are landed due to personal connections or referrals, so it is crucial to leverage your network of contacts for your professional development. Even though many people find networking to be intimidating, you don’t have to worry. Reaching out to your network doesn’t have to be scary and salesy. Think of it as a mutual friendship where you are simply reconnecting or offering something in exchange for a favor. You have to give a little to get a little.

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As sustainability professionals, we’re always telling people why doing good is good for business. But sometimes we forget that the same logic applies in our own lives too: doing good is good for our careers. Through mentoring others we can enhance our own job satisfaction and invigorate our sense of impact, we can advance our own personal development by honing our listening and interpersonal skills, and we can benefit the organisations we work for by opening to new insights and ideas from younger or fresher minds. After all, the greatest leaders are the ones who empower others to be the best they can be.

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From recruiters to academics to consultants to businesses, the message is clear: sustainability is growing, it’s professionalizing and it’s becoming embedded in to core business practice. The only way is up!

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This month on CSRwire, Shannon shares how through mentoring others we can enhance our own job satisfaction and invigorate our sense of impact, advance our own personal development by honing our listening and interpersonal skills, and benefit the organisations we work for by opening to new insights and ideas from younger or fresher minds. Here’s how to do it without burning out.

Read the full article here.

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Recently on 2Degrees Network, Shannon outlined 6 key trends that sustainability job seekers should be aware of this year. Her main takeaway? Sustainability is growing, it’s professionalizing and it’s becoming embedded into core business practice. The only way is up!

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In 2015, hiring managers will be looking for candidates that know all aspects of the business, not just the sustainability part. This month on GreenBiz, Shannon outlines the top 6 areas that practitioners must master.

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Earlier this month, the UK based Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) had their public launch, signaling a new era for CR and sustainability professionals. The ICRS recognizes that CR and Sustainability are no longer optional add-ons to business as usual, but have become critical drivers of organizational strategies. It strives to support those working in these fields by setting professional standards, recognising achievements, and providing or directing members towards practical support and advice.

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sustainability-CR-competency-frameworks-HR-blog  

The sustainability field evolved quickly and there is no universally recognised list of core competencies or non-traditional key performance indicators (KPIs) to prove an employee’s value. While this is certainly a challenge for the jobseeker and sustainability go-getter, it also presents exciting opportunities for HR and sustainability leaders to redefine professional development.

How can HR help in this process? They can start by building a competency framework that fosters sustainability leadership at all job levels and functions.

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