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Maximize Career Success: Pearls from Carla Harris

Morgan Stanley's Carla Harris says that everyone needs to cultivate performance currency and relationship currency. What are they? Performance currency is simply delivering what was asked of you plus a little bit more. Relationship currency is created by spending time with people in your organization. Harris said the former will get you noticed, but it is the latter that allows you to maximize your success.

Career Mobility for the Future Starts Now

With expectations for average working years extending from 30 to 50 and beyond, we have to be comfortable with sweeping career changes. This is not just due to evolving external factors, but also because our interests, values, and search for meaning will evolve over the span of our working lives. These were among the key takeaways Tracey Wilen emphasized during a Career Conversations interview with Julia VanDeren.

Top Five Articles from March: Cover Letters, Hedge Funds, Active Equity

Julia VanDeren shares some insights on giving presentations and writing cover letters; Ben Carlson, CFA, discusses how to determine which hedge funds to invest in; Mark Harrison, CFA, curates the best content on smart beta and factor investing; and C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, offer some advice on how to revive active equity, in the top Enterprising Investor Posts from March.

Yes, You Need a Cover Letter: Here’s How to Make It Good

If you don't take the time to think strategically about your cover letter and make sure it is well written, you are missing an important opportunity, says Julia VanDeren.

The Right Stuff: Moving from “Post Fear” to the Podium

More work needs to be done to close the gender gap across many industries. Raising awareness is one step along this path. On the eve of International Women's Day, Lauren Foster curates career resources to help you progress from "post fear" to the podium.

Five Tips to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

Two of the most common problems with LinkedIn profiles are that they are either skeletal or generic. Julia VanDeren shares some advice from Ross Macpherson, president of the executive resume writing and career marketing company Career Quest, on how to invigorate your LinkedIn presence.

Ethical Concerns and Your Career

Has an employer's business practices ever created ethical concerns for you? Has it affected your career? CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers weighed in, and Julia VanDeren analyzes the surprising results.

Three Tips for Acing Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are powerful career management tools. They typically take the form of short meetings with accomplished professionals who examine your career and share their insight and experience. They often address such questions as whether you should switch industries, move to a different firm, take an international assignment, or become an entrepreneur.

Best of 2016: Career Management

What were the best articles on career management from the past year? Julia VanDeren highlights one from each month of 2016.

The Words We Long to Hear: Well Done!

We asked readers of CFA Institute Financial Newsbrief whose recognition they valued the most when they accomplish something in their jobs. It turns out, hearing from a happy client or getting a compliment from firm leaders may go further than we think.



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