Those who attend the Skill-Building Workshops leave with a Resource Pocket Guide that includes a list of On-Campus Resources. On this page, we offer a list of valuable online resources for each of the workshops.
MANAGING CONFLICT CONSTRUCTIVELY
When you are frustrated with someone…
- This article demonstrates the importance of recognizing your own interests and needs, as well as those of your “opponent”, and discussing these in a constructive way.
- A description of different types of conflict, their causes, and methods of dealing with it. This website also provides a list of suggestions to improve the ways in which conflict can be dealt with.
- This document discusses the importance of your own role in solving conflicts, and lists healthy and unhealthy conflict resolution mechanisms.
- This is a great resource on restorative justice.
When someone is frustrated with you…
- The Conflict Resolution Network provides free resources and training on conflict resolution.
- This article describes the necessity of considering that you might be wrong and the willingness to hear out opposing views, using modern political disagreements as an example.
- Tips for how to act when a coworker or acquaintance gets upset with you and how to address the other person.
When you are part of team where others are experiencing conflict…
- This website lists ways in which a business can enable employees to handle conflict effectively, and provides related articles on the left side of the page.
- Suggestions of how to manage conflict within organizations.
- A step-by-step set of instructions on handling conflict effectively in the work environment.
- This article focuses on the importance of establishing interpersonal communication and its role in resolving conflicts.
MAKING BETTER CONVERSATION
Best of the Internet: Questions in Presentations
- How to get the most out of a presentation
- Guidelines to ask constructive questions after a presentation
- Asking respectful questions at academic conferences
- Questions that academic presenters like to receive
Best of the Internet: Questions in Interviews
- Good questions to ask (or avoid) in an interview
- More good questions to ask in an interview
- The characteristics of good questions to ask
- Six Ways to Ask Better Questions in Interviews
- A good set of questions to ask an interviewer in order to learn more about the work environment
Best of the Internet: Questions in Networking Events
- Great questions to ask at a networking event
- Questions to ask if you already have an established “network”
- Questions to ask to help get to know someone and their work environment at a networking event
- How to stand out and come across as memorable during network events
- A list of good questions to ask, many of which help establish common ground early in a conversation
ARTICULATE YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION
Facilitated by the Career Center:
- Interview Stream
Complete online mock interviews
Create high-quality resumes & cover letters
Best of the Internet: Resumes
- Learn the difference between good and bad resumes as well as how to craft a cohesive story in a resume format
- How to write a resume objective that illustrates your value to employers
- Read about some of the most common resume mistakes and how to avoid them
- How to Write a Resume: A Step-By-Step Guide
- A guide to LinkedIn for How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile to Get More Jobs, written by an Uptowork specialist with a LinkedIn representative.
Best of the Internet: Interviews
- Tough interview questions you can expect and how best to address them
- Entertain yourself with some interview-gone-wrong stories
- Interview factors that prevent individuals from being hired
- The Uptowork guide to answering common interview questions, sharing some unique formulas for answers as well as useful examples.
Best of the Internet: Personal Statements
- This website provides a manual detailing how to craft a personal statement for graduate study or scholarship applications
- Read an insider’s perspective on the positive and negative elements of personal statements
- An outline of the appropriate method for writing a personal statement
THRIVE IN DIVERSE TEAMS
The Welcome Project, created by Associate Professor of Art Liz Wuerffel and Associate Professor of English Allison Schuette, collects oral histories about the complexity of living together amidst increasing diversity and difference. Students, faculty, and staff at Valparaiso University and members of the surrounding community tell stories that are captured in video or audio format by Professors Wuerffel and Schuette and their students.
The Welcome Project has collected more than 300 interviews and posted more than 230 stories to their website – welcomeproject.valpo.edu. For details and to find out how you can be involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of the Internet: Implicit Bias
- Learn how to recognize, combat, and avoid unconscious gender bias in the workplace
- Test yourself for hidden bias
- Read about implicit bias, how it permeates all sectors of American life, and why it can be more dangerous than conscious prejudice
Best of the Internet: Working Styles
- Gain a more complete understanding of different work styles and how they can be encouraged to work together for better results
- Explore tips for handling diverse work styles
- Read about the differences between introverts and extroverts in methods of leadership and ways in which both types of people can improve
BECOME A SMARTER PROBLEM SOLVER
On campus, you’re best resource is the Office of Continuous Improvement (OCI). Its primary goal is to improve process efficiency and effectiveness at Valparaiso University. They are here to help not only departments, but also student organizations. Continuous improvement means evaluating processes regularly using proven methods and tools to ensure that expected outcomes are achieved in the most efficient way possible. While individuals make incremental improvements every day, rapid improvement that crosses departments can be difficult. To request an OCI consultation for your student organization go to helpdesk.valpo.edu.
OCI has a great resource list on its site, including an infographic charting the anatomy of a great meeting, and Six Sigma Toolbox. Go to valpo.edu/it/oci/oci-resources.
Additional Resources highlighted at the live presentation: