November is National Career Development (NCD) Month so the focus of this issue will be on fostering your career. Also this month, we’re trying something new and will be sharing books instead of articles. Feel free to reply and let us know what you think about this deviation from the norm.
On another note, I’d like to share the results of our recent reader survey. First of all, a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who participated! We had a healthy response rate with 54 people chiming in. The data created was extremely useful in helping me decide on the frequency and what topics to focus on for future newsletters. Based on the results shown below, we will continue a bi-monthly format moving forward!
- The average rating was 4.2/5.
- More than ½ of the respondents read some part of every issue
- 65% find every article useful and another 25% find them useful depending on the topic
- A whopping 77% are just fine with (or prefer) receiving the newsletter every other month.
Top responses for other online career resources readers go to:
Forbes (41%), Glassdoor (40%) New York Times (36%), Washington Post (33%), Wall Street Journal (31%), National Public Radio (25%) and Fast Company (21%)
The career topics most people want or need are (in order of preference): Interviewing strategies, career management, salary negotiation, job search, LinkedIn, resumes, personal branding, balancing work/life, women-related career issues, assessments/understanding strengths and growing as a leader. Accordingly, these topics will become the focus of future newsletters and blogs.
Thank you for all of the positive and encouraging comments about the newsletter! It warmed my heart to read such great feedback and gave me inspiration to keep writing it. To sum up the comments, many readers said the newsletter provides them expert knowledge that keeps them up to date on trends and resources. They love that it’s honest, targeted and easy to read with useful tips. Many readers mentioned that they share the newsletter with their staff, colleagues, and clients.
The biggest reason people don’t read it is that they have too many other things going on in their lives (no surprise in this day and age). Thanks again to everyone who supports, appreciates and shares the newsletter!
Best wishes for your career development this month and always,