If you’re in the military, and you want to learn more about a piece of equipment, tactic, or mission, you do your homework. You read the manuals, regulations, and research. So why would your transition to Corporate America be any different?
There are a bunch of books out there that are recommended reading for those transitioning to business. Some recruiting firms will even give you their reading list. Others will recommend you subscribe to magazines, like Fortune or Money or Forbes. But if you’re here, reading this, chances are you’re internet-savvy enough to dive into the blogosphere, and get some good reading in for free. You just need to know where to look!
First off, a lot of those recommended magazines publish the SAME content online. You can read the articles for free, and also read even more contributions from their team of bloggers and contributors. The great thing about blogs? It provides FREE personal experience and insight. Sure, you have to wade through some opinions, and take it with a grain of salt. But if you skip out on reading business/career blogs because you think they’ll be boring or too subjective, you’ll miss out on awesome gems like Alex Knapp’s “Five Leadership Mistakes of the Galactic Empire.” (Seriously, you can learn great business lessons from Star Wars!)
Not all blogs update every day; some update only a couple times a month. You can organize the blogs you read using Google Reader; most blogs have an RSS feed (similar to a URL) that you can use so all new entries pop up in your reader. I installed an RSS reader on my iPad, so every new article is organized by subject so I can sift through to decide what to read.
If you don’t want to have an RSS feed, following these blogs/magazines on Twitter can allow you to scroll through tweets linked to articles, allowing you to “opt in” whenever you want.
A few blogs I follow: (in reality, I follow 100+ in various categories)
- Lindsey Pollak – A Global Spokesperson for LinkedIn, Pollak is an expert/consultant on ‘next generation’ career trends.
- Life Without Pants – Matt Cheuvront is a young, self-made entrepreneur who shares some really great insights into business, life, and more.
- Escape from Cubicle Nation – Pamela Slim is a former corporate manager and entrepreneur who shares great techniques and lessons for improving yourself professionally.
- Wise Bread – This isn’t about business specifically, but I’m all about ‘living large on a small budget’. It’s just great advice. (They recently published “10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews.”)
- Articles on Fortune, Forbes, Money
What blogs are you reading?