Book descriptionThe definitive guide to developing and managing a successful career in the information profession: Information Professionals and Knowledge Managers deal with significant challenges in building successful careers for a number of reasons associated with common misperceptions of their expertise and roles. In environments where they must often justify their work and value over and over again, those already in the profession need a boost and those just entering need to be prepared for a reality that may differ quite a bit from their expectations. The book is intended to give readers a set of tools and techniques with which to secure a strong career, build an effective brand, and succeed as professionals.
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- Written by opinion leaders and highly respected authorities in the field
- Draws upon 50-plus years of experience in a variety of settings and roles
- Offers realistic and honest pointers - no sugar-coating
Table of contents
- Cover image
- Title page
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction: an invitation
- Chapter 2: An opaque profession: special challenges
- Chapter 3: Knowing who you are: your ‘work personality’ and your ‘best fit’
Chapter 4: Developing your brand: the professional image
- Do you know how others see you?
- The core of our brand: the value we offer, the difference we make
- Choosing a brand: rely on natural strengths
- Supporting a brand: reputation and visibility in traditional and new media
- Professional associations: key to brand building
- Professional demeanor: it’s all about confidence
- Professional polish: appearance matters
- Tattoos, piercings, and purple hair: proceed with deliberation!
- Chapter 5: Looking for a job: tips and tricks
- Chapter 6: Creating your story: crafting a compelling resume
- Chapter 7: Knowing where you want to go: plan… but let chance have a chance!
- Chapter 8: Navigating organizational culture: understanding politics
Chapter 9: Winning support: ‘selling’ proposals with the business case approach
- But don’t good ideas sell themselves?
- What is the business case approach?
- If money isn’t involved – what about grassroots support for an idea or initiative?
- How are credibility and social capital built?
- What does grassroots persuasion ‘look like’?
- The ‘business case in reverse’: demonstrating existing value
- The testimonial evidence
- The ROI calculation
Chapter 10: Making the leap to a managerial role: being the boss
- A management role is not a must
- What is the definition of ‘manager’?
- What does a manager ‘do’?
- Typical management challenges
- How can one learn to become a (better) manager? There has to be a way!
- What you need: basic skills
- What you need: personal abilities
- A unique challenge: being promoted from a team to manage it
- Reap the rewards
- Chapter 11: Resilience at work: coping when things get tough
Chapter 12: About the money
- What are you worth?
- What is in a compensation package?
- What is in a benefits package?
- When benefits are more important than money
- How to assess a job offer and negotiate your compensation
- The salary roller coaster
- Trade or labor unions
- Other professional organizations
- In the end, it’s not about the money
- Measuring your success
- Chapter 13: Passing it on: collegial support or mentoring
- Chapter 14: Our colleagues speak: career snapshots
- Chapter 15: Jill and Ulla speak: our professional journeys
- Title: The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook
- Release date: January 2011
- Publisher(s): Chandos Publishing
- ISBN: 9781780630557
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