The Brazen Careerist

THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Job hop: Forget the recession, Gen Y's in demand
Published on May 1st, 2008
0 comments Maybe we're in a recession, but do you want to know what the top worry is among chief financial officers? Recruiting. That's right. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu says the next 10 years will be an...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Egged on: Bag the career, have babies soon
Published on Apr 24th, 2008
0 comments Women who want to have children should make it a priority in their twenties to find a partner. That's because one of the most dramatic issues facing Generation X is infertility. No generation of...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Special opps: Don't answer some of those knocks
Published on Apr 17th, 2008
0 comments When opportunity knocks, open the door cautiously. Maybe 2008 won't be a boom year, but pundits say we won't stay in a recession forever. When the economy eventually picks up, doors will start...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Four tips: How to recession-proof your career
Published on Apr 10th, 2008
0 comments I recently wrote about recession-proofing your life. Well, it's time again. You don't need to be an economist to know that if people are talking about recessions, you should do some thinking about...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Spitzer's gal: Keep two careers in synch with synergy
Published on Apr 3rd, 2008
0 comments In the train wreck of Eliot Spitzer's political career, there are many workplace lessons. And lots of people are talking about Spitzer's downfall. But what about the call girl? Ashley Dupre, who was...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Resume tease: Leave employer panting for more
Published on Mar 27th, 2008
0 comments It's very hard to write your own resume because a resume shows your life in a macro view. But you live your life at the micro level, obsessing about daily details that have no bearing on your resume...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Recession fears? Houses are hurting, but you're worth more
Published on Mar 20th, 2008
0 comments There's a lot of hoopla over the recession. Or the coming recession. Or the statistical but maybe-not-really recession. But the truth is that the job market is just fine, especially for the post-Baby...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Your startup: How you need to delude yourself
Published on Mar 13th, 2008
0 comments How can your tell if your idea for a new business will succeed? You can't. If you did, you'd be a venture capitalist. But there are ways to tell whether your business idea that is worth trying. Some...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Keep quiet: Don't reveal salary expectations first
Published on Mar 6th, 2008
0 comments My advice about how to interview: tell good stories, ask good questions, be a closer. But here's the one most important thing to remember: when it comes to discussing your potential salary, never...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- New child? Baby yourself for support, survival
Published on Feb 28th, 2008
3 comments In the past few years, postpartum depression has had a lot of press. Brooke Shields and Marie Osmond had it. Tom Cruise denied it exists. Now everyone knows it exists, and maybe some know the warning...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Female vote: Taking from the past and moving on
Published on Feb 21st, 2008
0 comments The recent rally for Barack Obama in Los Angeles proved impressive: Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and California First Lady Maria Shriver talked to a packed stadium at UCLA.   For one thing,...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Four steps: Recession-proofing your career
Published on Feb 14th, 2008
0 comments The debate continues about whether and when a recession is coming, and what the markers exactly are. Most of us are in no position to do the analysis ourselves, but you don't need to be an economist...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Boomer kaboomer: What Obama means for the workplace
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
0 comments Barack Obama is dissing the baby boomers– tactfully. He has people talking about generational issues in politics, and I'm anticipating spillover into the workplace, which also needs this frank...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Take five: Ways to meet your big goals
Published on Jan 24th, 2008
0 comments The reason we don't meet our goals is because the goals suck. But if you have a really important goal, here's how to ensure you reach it: 1. Think About Money. People who get paid to reach their...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Resolve this: Perfect your New Year's vow
Published on Jan 17th, 2008
0 comments The way to keep a New Year's resolution is to pick a good goal and then overhaul your life in order to meet it. Duh. But some of you are saying, hold it, my goal isn't big enough to require an...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Hooking up: Negotiating those office romances
Published on Jan 10th, 2008
0 comments When hooking up with a co-worker, the number-one rule is you should not be flagrant. A new handbook for workplace dating, Office Mate, is full of practical precautions like asking the person out in...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Comfort zone: You succeed when you break out
Published on Jan 3rd, 2008
0 comments For those of you who graduated from college before happiness courses were available, you have some reading to do. But luckily, almost all the books I've seen on this topic are very interesting. One...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Happy new year: Stuck? Fix your social skills
Published on Dec 20th, 2007
2 comments My son's I.Q. is in the top .05 percent of all preschoolers, but he attended preschool in a special education classroom. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism typified by a distinctly high I.Q...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Confident U: Clothes can change your attitude
Published on Dec 13th, 2007
0 comments I woke up today with crust all over my left eye: pinkeye. And on the way to the bathroom I stepped on edible gold-leaf dust for decorating cupcakes. And apparently sometime in the night the cat ate...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Comfort zone: Step out and find happiness
Published on Dec 6th, 2007
0 comments Folks who graduated from college before happiness courses were available have some reading to do. But luckily, almost all the books I've seen on the topic are interesting. One of these books is...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Silver lining: Make the best of a bad job
Published on Nov 29th, 2007
0 comments People often ask: If it's such a good job market for young people, why can't I find a good job? The answer is that there are tons of really bad jobs being offered. For all the talk of flexibility in...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Gen Y: The inherent conservatives
Published on Nov 22nd, 2007
0 comments The most prestigious place for college grads to get a job today is Deloitte, according to a Business Week story. In fact, the top three choices for Generation Y are all Big 4 accounting firms. Are...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Help a kid: Learn valuable skills from mentoring
Published on Nov 15th, 2007
0 comments UPS, the delivery company, used to run ads saying how great its community service program is, how assisting people and communicating with people who are different than we are helps us understand...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Drink deeply: Broad background better than business
Published on Nov 8th, 2007
0 comments Current college fad: racking up double, triple, and even quadruple majors in order to impress future employers. This strategy is fraught with irony because, in effect, someone who has a triple major...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Morning after: When the interviewer doesn't call back
Published on Nov 1st, 2007
0 comments You go to the interview and think you click with the recruiter. Yet the hiring manager never says another thing to you again. Ever. What gives? I asked my well-placed, hot-shot human resource friend...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Connection point: Fake smile is better than none
Published on Oct 25th, 2007
0 comments The art of public speaking is actually the art of connecting. So the lessons in this field apply to everyone since each of us needs to make connections. The people we remember most are not those with...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Over and out: Five workplaces practices to kill
Published on Oct 18th, 2007
5 comments The following five workplace practices deserve to die. Now. 1. Voice mail It will come as news to most people over 30 that most people under 30 do not leave voice mail messages. Think about it: voice...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- MBA v. mommy: Women foregoing b-school for families
Published on Oct 11th, 2007
0 comments Harvard just announced that it will change the timeline of business school enrollment as a way to attract "a wider range of applicants." Read: women. Right now women start businesses at two times the...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Good, bad, ugly?: Take the 'rate your job' quiz
Published on Sep 27th, 2007
0 comments Today's job market favors employees. The attitude of most workers is that they should have a job that makes them happy. So it's no surprise that, according to the Wall Street Journal, at any given...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Govern yourself: Streamline work, lose weight
Published on Sep 20th, 2007
0 comments Recently I needed to lose 10 pounds. I did it by changing how I do my job. Here are three changes I made in how I work that changed how much I weigh: 1. I stopped letting work slip until the last...