Keeping up with current events Monday through Friday is unavoidable, but it’s also important to file some of your favorite websites that offer career and lifehack advice in your Google Reader and catch up with them when time allows. Many young pros don’t realize that you don’t need to join the local Chamber of Commerce or industry association to get professional development. Often, if you look hard enough, you can find it at your fingertips. Here is my twentysomething-professional’s online reading list to get you started:
Brazen Careerist: Forget a simple website, this is a veritable network for young professionals in every field. You can read the blogs of thosands of these twenty and thirtysomething pros (including mine!) and even hunt for jobs across the country. But, the best excuse to join the network is to subscribe to Penelope Trunk’s blog. Trunk is a guru for Gen Y professional and wrote the book (literally) on the changing landscape of the office. As Kelly and my favorite blogger we always warn newbies to set aside a lot of free time when visiting her blog for the first time. You will get lost in her poignant and intimate tales surrounding her “new rules for success.”
Mashable: Whether you are a social media and Internet novice or expert, you can appreciate the news, trends and tips offered by the folks at Mashable, the social media guide. As the world’s largest blog for social media and Web 2.0 information, if you ever had a question about anything from who you should be following on Twitter to what are the reviews for this new iPhone app, you can find it here. Mashable helps keep me on the the top of my IT-game, which makes me smarter when I’m talking to clients, vendors and my colleagues. Add it to your online reading list and I know it can help you too.
Seth’s Blog: This pick is a little more high-minded, but will certainly get you thinking in the shortest amount of time! Seth Godin is the author of several business books and maybe the world’s most popular blog on marketing. Seth, like Penelope helps to break the old, conventional business mold in his writing. His blogs are never more than a couple of paragraphs making this a quick read, with a lot of substance.
Chris Brogan: Chris Brogan, aka the Rockstar of Social Media, writes about changing the way businesses communicate through the use of social media. If Mashable and Seth Godin had a baby, which grew bigger ears, it would be Chris Brogran.
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