The Brazen Careerist

Not happy?: Maybe you're the problem
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments   Happiness in your career is not as elusive as it might seem. In fact, there's plenty of research to tell you exactly how to find happiness– but most people ignore the advice. Here is a...
Radar love: Get noticed by recruiters
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments Wouldn't it be nice if recruiters called you regularly to see if you're interested in interviewing for one of their jobs? Here are some steps you can take to make that fantasy come true:   1....
Things I hate: It's that time again
Published on Mar 31st, 2005
0 comments   Here is my second annual list of things I hate. However, it seems to have morphed into a list of types of people I hate. But this seems fair; no one's animosity should be limited to inanimate...
Home atone: House husband, where are you?
Published on Mar 24th, 2005
0 comments   I'm on a campaign to make my husband a stay-at-home parent. I'm convinced that this is a precondition for my having a huge career, but also it's a precondition for the sanity of our family....
Waiting game: Learn to play it right
Published on Mar 17th, 2005
0 comments 252"> The HooK: THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Waiting game: Learn to play it right // >> classifieds  >> personals  >> advertise  >> contacts...
Bounce back: Learn from Martha Stewart
Published on Mar 10th, 2005
0 comments Career success depends on how you cope with failure. Whether it's a big failure or a small one, you must be able to bounce back. Much of the grand success in life comes from grand opportunity, and...
Complaining: Don't sweat the small stuff
Published on Mar 3rd, 2005
0 comments One of the most common gripes I hear from corporate complainers is that they're surrounded by people who see the world incorrectly. Sometimes it's the accountant who works for a CEO who doesn't...
New job: Don't blow it in 90 days
Published on Feb 24th, 2005
0 comments The majority of people who fail at their job will do so in the first 90 days. So take special care to make a good start. Here are areas you need to manage carefully. 1. Assume everything in the...
Dolt rules: Lessons learned from idiots
Published on Feb 17th, 2005
0 comments In case you've never noticed, I rarely interview anyone for this column. Most of my sources are family and unsuspecting friends who complain that I make everyone look bad. But that's not true. (It is...
My deal: Trumpet success everywhere
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments I got a book deal. So this is, undoubtedly, the first of at least a hundred columns that will plug the book, even though it's not coming out until spring 2006. Far away, yes, but not too far for you...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Trippin': The way to clear your mind
Published on Feb 9th, 2005
0 comments If you're out of work, or your job is so annoying that you wish you were out of work, then it's time to take an adventure. Some might say that an adventures is an expensive, childish way to avoid...
Over the cliff: How to come back from failure
Published on Feb 3rd, 2005
0 comments   More people and companies declare bankruptcy in January than in any other month, and certainly this year will be no exception. Many more people will not technically declare bankruptcy, but...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST-- Jobspeak: Keep jargon off your plate
Published on Feb 2nd, 2005
0 comments Don't use jargon. I know you've heard this rule before, but maybe no one has ever told you the real reason for the rule. Your choice of jargon reveals your weakness. A lot of jargon is specific to an...
Be creative: Look to the bad times
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments   I have found that bad situations get creative juices flowing. And I have come to have an appreciation for the bad times; they give us unique opportunities to find our best ideas. Here are some...
Learn Excel: and other on-the-job math essentials
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments   Most of us never had dreams of being a mathematician or economist; we suffered through algebra as a means to get to the senior prom. But if you think you're going to march up the ranks of...
Personal life: Don't have one? Get one.
Published on Jan 13th, 2005
0 comments 252"> The HooK: THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Personal life: Don't have one? Get one. // >> classifieds  >> personals  >> advertise  >> contacts...
The Apprentice: This show shows women their place
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments   I have never seen such an honest, unabashed portrait of the difficulties women face in corporate America as I have seen in The Apprentice. Unabashed truth #1: Men hire people who are like them...
Messed up: Tidy workspace earns respect
Published on Dec 23rd, 2004
0 comments Here's a way to kill your career: Have a messy office. These are things that people with messy offices say: My work gets done; I know where everything is; people are too concerned about appearances....
Summer internships: Start your search now
Published on Dec 16th, 2004
0 comments Students who want a job or internship in June need to start looking in the winter. Those who wait until spring to search set themselves up to be bottom feeders in the job market. The hardest part of...
Skipping Christmas: Erase holiday from the office
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments Countless workplace studies have shown that a diverse staff is likely to outperform a homogenous staff. So with all this talk about diversity, why are we still hanging Christmas wreaths at work? Not...
Go to bed: Sleep your way to success
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments Even though you know you need eight hours of sleep a night, you probably sleep much less than that. Me, too. Tonight, for example, when I should have been going to bed, I made cupcakes for my son's...
Five tips: Overlooked rules of management
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments All managers have one shared goal: Get a promotion. But many times, the job of a manger is so multifaceted and detail-laden that the manager loses sight of that big picture. Here are five jobs of a...
Blame yourself: Accept what can't be changed
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments Even though I rarely tell you about the letters I receive from readers, I do receive a lot of mail. Almost all of it is thoughtful and intelligent, and the mail does influence what I choose to write...
Cut back: Smart ways to cut back
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments It is possible to work fewer hours without hurting your career, but you need to get serious about systematically changing how you approach your work. First, don't blame your long hours on your boss,...
Answer woman: Questions you really asked
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments It's the Penelope Trunk Q&A column. I like to think my columns answer the questions that people don't ask but should. But today I'll answer the questions that people actually do ask. Most popular...
Uncovered: Insurance shapes job hunt
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments We knew a year in advance that my husband's job would end this fall. So he conducted a fairly typical job hunt for a while, but his searching went into overdrive when we found out that our insurance...
Putting it off: Too much, too little-- it's the same
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments There are two ways to not get something done: Doing a lot and doing nothing. The trick to getting your list of tasks done is to understand your method of not doing them. Everyone I know has...
Read the writing: Loops and squiggles tell a lot
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Handwriting analysis is no longer for freaks and psychics. Multinational companies hire handwriting analysts to understand personality traits of prospective job candidates. Character traits that...
KISS writing: Keep it short, silly
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments Almost one-third of workers do not meet the writing requirements of their positions, according to a survey by the College Board's National Commission on Writing. Before any of you get smug with your...
Plum steer: Avoid the glass ceiling
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments It's time for a new approach to squelching the gender wage gap and getting more women into senior management. For one thing, today's wage gap doesn't begin until women are in the middle of their...