The Brazen Careerist

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...
Not Jewish? Take a day to think anyway
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments The Jewish highlight of my life was probably Hebrew school, when I honed my ditching skills at the ice-cream store down the street from the synagogue. The reward for my Jewish education was my bat...
Grouchy nights: Reluctant networker confesses
Published on Sep 16th, 2004
0 comments I met a not-friend at a not-cool-but-not-cheesy restaurant. I was networking, because this is what you must do to further your career. Even if you hate it, you have to do it. I did not wear work...
Bang-up jobs: Good letters get them
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments Most cover letters are addressed to people you don't know, so let's just stop referring to them as cover letters since what they really are is sales letters. You're trying to sell yourself to a...
Barnyard leçons: Learn from dead critters
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments One summer, when I found myself with no job and no plan, I panicked and took a job on a chicken farm in the French countryside. I told myself the job would look good on my resume– showing I am...
Olympic lesson: Flexible goals mimic reality
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments Watching the Olympics is inspirational if you need a kick in the pants to set high goals for yourself, but the trick is not to make goals so lofty that you make yourself sick. Having finished 17th at...
The $40K limit: You don't need any more
Published on Aug 19th, 2004
0 comments Looking for happiness through financial success? Wondering what the magic number is? It's $40,000. Really. So technically, most of you should be happy. And if you're working for the next big raise,...
New mantra: Bad boss is your fault
Published on Aug 12th, 2004
0 comments Want to deal with a bad boss? First, stop complaining. Unless your boss breaks the law, you don't have a bad boss; you have a boss you are managing poorly. Pick on your boss all you want, but if you...
Mom's example: What I learned about age
Published on Jul 29th, 2004
0 comments If my mom were telling you her life story, she would begin with her dad suffering a stroke when she was very little and having to grow up with no money. Despite her humble beginnings, my mom's career...
You're fired! Learn from the magic words
Published on Jul 22nd, 2004
0 comments Maybe you have never been fired. I sure have– more often than I care to remember– and I can assure you that, while the moment may be humbling, the experience has always been educational....
To win: Hire a personal assistant
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Your to-do list is dragging you down. Why do tasks that do not inherently enhance the quality of your life when you could pay someone $10 an hour to do them? I learned this when my boss and I had...
Family business: Go elsewhere, take risks
Published on Jul 8th, 2004
0 comments For too many people, staying in the family business is the easy way to worm out of difficulties of adult life: finding a place where you fit in, discovering what you love to do, and living with the...
Engage them: Acting skills make a manager
Published on Jul 1st, 2004
0 comments   My cousin had a karaoke party. I had to go because he's my cousin, but I refused to sing because this would have pained the audience even more than it would have pained me. A woman at the...
Career change: Poor spouse, poor me
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments My husband recently changed careers. Well, not really recently– actually two years ago. But for those of you who have never endured a career change, two years is nothing. It still feels like...
Betrayal: E-mail can do you wrong
Published on Jun 17th, 2004
0 comments Last week I met my boss face-to-face for the first time. I've been working with him for more than two years– via phone and e-mail. I had never seen him, but I had a general idea of what he...
Skills connection: Athletics and business alike
Published on Jun 10th, 2004
0 comments My resume has gone through about 50 versions. I've had a dealmaker version and a marketing version. I've had the version where I try to look more experienced than I am so I can run companies, and I'...
Branding U: Find your wider base
Published on Jun 3rd, 2004
0 comments The "brand of you" is over. Not that you've done a bad job of defining yourself. (You might have, but that's not the point.) Even if you've done a great job of defining yourself, the idea that...
Sugar-coated: Good review, but no raise
Published on May 27th, 2004
0 comments The worst performance review I ever received said, "You were great," and was delivered via e-mail. When I commented on its brevity to my boss, he said the "outrageous Internet salary" he gave me was...
Talk the talk: Lessons from the Exchange
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments I learned my first lessons in the importance of workplace communication when I had a job in the British Pound trading pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. What makes the exchange special is that...
Ideas matter: Set aside time to think
Published on May 13th, 2004
0 comments The ultimate form of doing nothing is meditating. I cannot do this. I sit down, shut my eyes, and start worrying about my to-do list. Then I tell myself I cannot worry about my to-do list, and I...
Agenda's good: Make one to save time
Published on May 6th, 2004
0 comments A meeting is a like a party. If you don't plan it carefully, you'll look incompetent and end up embarrassed. Forethought is necessary. You wouldn't invite three ex-boyfriends to a game of Twister...
The haunting: Resume lies can bite you
Published on Apr 29th, 2004
0 comments Some recruiters say that as many as one in five job hunters is guilty of resumé enhancement, or lying about their qualifications. Why isn't this news plastered on the front page of The Wall Street...
Typecasting's good: Specialize for success
Published on Apr 22nd, 2004
0 comments During the Internet's go-go days in the late 1990s, I thought the term generalist meant "she's doing two jobs and pays herself double." Now it seems the word generalist means "good at nothing and...
Power play: Build on your strengths
Published on Apr 15th, 2004
0 comments My son is a special-needs kid. When my husband and I first heard the news about his disabilities– a neurological disorder and several gastrointestinal ailments that kept him from talking and...
Power play: Build on your strengths
Published on Apr 15th, 2004
0 comments My son is a special-needs kid. When my husband and I first heard the news about his disabilities– a neurological disorder and several gastrointestinal ailments that kept him from talking and...
Conversion: Turning interview into job
Published on Apr 8th, 2004
0 comments "I'm totally qualified, so I know I'll get the job." This phrase may be the most naive statement in the annals of job hunting. First, you aren't likely to be the only qualified person applying for...
No obstacle: Voice didn't stop her
Published on Apr 1st, 2004
0 comments Here's a tale to show that no obstacle is too high when it comes to career success. It's about my friend Ann, who has a really deep voice. It isn't a sexy deep voice; it sounds more like Oscar the...
Watch the clock: Tardiness sabotages success
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments My column was late. Not to you, but to my editor. It is surprising, really, that my column was late, because the time zone difference is in my favor. But this week I would have needed my editor to be...
Stressed out? Cut daily drive time
Published on Mar 18th, 2004
0 comments If you have a bad commute, you're probably not very happy. A bad commute spills over into all aspects of your life. Raymond Novaco, a psychologist and professor at the University of California,...
For St. Pat: Make your own luck
Published on Mar 11th, 2004
0 comments To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, acknowledge that you're not a leprechaun and that you have to create your own luck. Sure, luck can make or break a career, but those who make their own luck can make...