The Brazen Careerist

THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- 'Between jobs': When its time to find a new network
Published on Oct 7th, 2010
0 comments When you lose your job, the first thing you're supposed to do is leverage your network to find another job. But here's a question I get all the time: "What do I do if everyone in my network is...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Pet peeves: A few of my least favorite things
Published on Sep 30th, 2010
0 comments Here is my current list of people and things I hate. It's an ongoing project that simmers week after week until it reaches boiling point and I have to spend a column venting. 1. People who are not...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Be a chameleon: You'll be more successful at work
Published on Sep 23rd, 2010
0 comments Everyone stop working right now. Ask yourself these questions:  1. Does my boss like having one-on-one meetings with me? 2. Do my co-workers like going to lunch with me?  If you cannot...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Stupid job? A recessionary job can boost your career
Published on Sep 9th, 2010
0 comments In the early 1990s, when the job market was as bad as today, I had a college degree that was getting me nowhere. So my friend got me a job signing Esther Williams' autographs for fans.  Esther...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Fulfillment finder: Just picture yourself with million
Published on Sep 9th, 2010
0 comments The difference between a millionaire and a working stiff is that the worker uses his job as an excuse for why he's not living his dreams, and a millionaire doesn't have that luxury. So if you want to...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Desperation station: Your job search is direct mail 2.0
Published on Aug 26th, 2010
0 comments There came a point in my career when my company went bankrupt, the economy was in the dumps, and my network of friends and acquaintances was getting me nowhere. Like all job hunters, I had good days...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- 4 tricks: How to give yourself more time
Published on Aug 26th, 2010
0 comments Success depends on being a good time manager, because it doesn't matter how good you are at your job if you never have time to do it. Herewith, four tricks: 1. Prioritize ruthlessly  Everyone...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Big move: What the rest of us can learn from LeBron
Published on Aug 12th, 2010
0 comments You don't need to be a basketball fan to know that LeBron James recently announced that he's going to leave Cleveland and join the Miami Heat. James is extremely talented and has been called the next...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Start me up: How to get your own idea rolling
Published on Aug 12th, 2010
1 comments The majority of people in the U.S. would like to be self-employed, according to Dartmouth economist, David Blanchflower. This makes sense because people who work for themselves are happier than...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Break the rules: But break the right ones
Published on Jul 29th, 2010
0 comments The current dismal business climate encourages rule breakers. Not the kind at Enron– those are law breakers. Rule breakers break with convention. Sallie Krawcheck, for example, was a top stock...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Read wisely: Like your job depends on it
Published on Jul 22nd, 2010
0 comments The flair with which you grow and prune your reading pile directly affects your career trajectory. Sure, you can learn from enlisting mentors and taking on new projects, but you can learn with the...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Top-climbing: 10 tips improve your career
Published on Jul 15th, 2010
1 comments It often seems like you don't have much say about events in your hectic life. But when it comes to your career, there are some areas you can control.  Here are 10 things you can do to help you...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Career lore: Tell a good story to get ahead
Published on Jul 8th, 2010
0 comments When you want to establish a connection with someone, a story provides social glue. When you want to impress someone, a story is more memorable and than a list of achievements. And when someone asks...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Age discrimination: How to grin and ignore it
Published on Jul 1st, 2010
1 comments I get a lot of e-mail from people who are 50 years old and older and never expected to be unemployed at this stage in their careers. Many of these people are annoyed that they are not appreciated for...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Grad school? Bet on yourself in tough times
Published on Jun 24th, 2010
0 comments Whenever I found myself in financial trouble, the first thing I thought was, "Can I solve this problem with school?" I learned this behavior early when boys were stealing my lunch money on the way to...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Children or career? The loaded decision without an answer
Published on Jun 17th, 2010
0 comments Sacrifice children or career? My friend Liz just got an offer to be director of a groundbreaking, high-profile psychology program. It's a lucrative, five-year contract. Liz is 35 and single and has...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Shrink or coach? Invest in both for career dividends
Published on Jun 10th, 2010
0 comments Do you need a career coach or a shrink? Or both? I had a career coach. I got the coach the day after a meeting where I was the only woman and the only person under 30. My boss said, "You need more...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Good quote: How to sell yourself with sound bites
Published on Jun 3rd, 2010
0 comments If you want a big-time, hotshot career, you have to know how to talk to the press. You might think, "Who cares? No one ever calls me." But one day, in your climb to the top, the press will call....
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Wage dilemma: When you make more money than he does
Published on May 27th, 2010
0 comments On my first date with Tano, I said, "You didn't tell me we're getting dinner." "I'm hungry," he said. So we went to dinner. He ordered a hamburger, fries, and a milkshake. I was broke. I ordered...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Sexual harassment: A distraction or an opportunity?
Published on May 20th, 2010
0 comments It's frog and toad mating season on the farm. The nighttime is noisy with nature sounds, and the pond water ripples with round tadpoles. The farmer is full of mating factoids, like toads enjoy a...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Five tips: Get ahead by asking better questions
Published on May 13th, 2010
0 comments Now that I am committed to living on a farm which is sort of the anti-New York City, visiting New York City no longer brings up flashbacks to a really, really difficult lifestyle. Instead, New York...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Finally, now: The end of email
Published on May 6th, 2010
0 comments The vast majority of electronic communication today is via social media, according to Paul Greenberg, a relationship management consultant. At first, I didn't believe it; but then I thought about the...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Farm living: How going rural can boost productivity
Published on Apr 29th, 2010
0 comments I have often thought that we choose to marry someone who has something we don't have, but we wish we had. So it makes sense that now that I feel secure in my relationship with the farmer, I am going...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Rugrat race: Sometimes, your career needs a rest
Published on Apr 22nd, 2010
0 comments My ex-husband and I always thought he'd be the stay-at-home parent, so I was shocked when I became the one changing diapers all day. When we were dating, I was making a solid, six-figure salary in...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- My book: How writing it helped my life
Published on Apr 15th, 2010
0 comments What I'm really going to do today is tell you about career change. Because that's what I did when I wrote my book. It wasn't the kind of career change where I was a ballerina one day and a...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Career choices: And how they lead to affairs
Published on Apr 1st, 2010
0 comments Thanks to dating sites, we have a great way to gather data about the human condition without having to write grant proposals to the National Science Foundation. I first became aware of this bastion...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Hate files: The never-ending list begins here
Published on Mar 25th, 2010
0 comments Here are some things that I have recently reached the point of thinking so much about that I feel qualified to hate them: 1. Sarcasm The use of sarcasm is always inappropriate. Sarcasm reveals...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Expert-ease: Being one takes time, not talent
Published on Mar 18th, 2010
0 comments I've been walking around with the July/August 2007 issue of the Harvard Business Review for close to three years because it contains an article that I'm attached to, "The Making of an Expert" by...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Mindfulness: Slow down, and watch success bloom
Published on Mar 11th, 2010
0 comments I'm in the midst of dumping my happiness obsession for something else. My yoga teacher always told me that being mindful would make me happy– if I'd just try it. Then I got this book in the...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Happy v. Interesting: Take this test to find out
Published on Mar 4th, 2010
1 comments The culmination of my four-year obsession with happiness research is that I think people need to choose between an interesting life or happy life. Here's the test: 1. Did you relocate away from...