The Brazen Careerist

THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Keep blogging: I know I will
Published on Jun 15th, 2006
0 comments I started blogging. Okay, I actually started blogging three months ago, when I was doing interviews for my recent column about blogging. It became clear that people who are very serious about their...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Quit dithering: Just take any ol' job
Published on Jun 8th, 2006
0 comments When it comes to finding a career, the huge soul search is hugely overrated. At some point– usually much earlier than people think– you should just start doing something. Anything. While...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Narrow focus: Get a specialty and stick to it
Published on Jun 1st, 2006
0 comments I spent the two hours this week writing an article about autism. My son was diagnosed with autism, and I could write 500 pages. But then I reminded myself about specializing. About focus. Specialists...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Curtail email: Take this test... and take control
Published on May 25th, 2006
0 comments Don't tell me you get too much email. Everyone gets too much email. You still need to be able to be effective with it. Here are three things people do that they shouldn't. If you do any of these, you...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Get training: Know thyself and learn stuff
Published on May 18th, 2006
0 comments The new workplace currency is training. Title is not important if you're not staying long term. Salary increases of three or four percent are ceremonial. So use the clout you earn to get training. It...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Slippin' away: Time's more valuable than money
Published on May 11th, 2006
0 comments Time is more important than money. You think that you know this, but you probably don't act on it as much as you could. If you spend your time buying material things, you are using up the one thing...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Hey, boomer: Get out of the way
Published on May 4th, 2006
0 comments The book I'm reading right now is by 25-year-old Ryan Heath: Please Just F* Off, It's Our Turn Now: Holding Baby Boomers to Account. The book is great and offers incredible insight into what young...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Blogging: It's good for your career
Published on Apr 27th, 2006
0 comments Blogging is good for your career. A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field. "For your career, a blog is essential," says professor Phil van Allen. "It's the new public relations...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Get married: Leave career for later
Published on Apr 20th, 2006
0 comments Find a husband first, then a career Women should find a husband while they're in college. I know I sound like a throwback to the 1950s. But maybe that's what we need right now. Most of you are not...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Negotiation 101: 7 tips for your success
Published on Apr 13th, 2006
0 comments I have had a few bosses who were great mentors. The last one I had was a deal maker. My strengths are management and coming up with ideas, and so one of the reasons I took a job with this guy was...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- The ladder: Not the only way to climb
Published on Apr 6th, 2006
0 comments The entry-level job inherently undervalues someone who's bright and driven, according to Paul Graham, partner at Y Combinator, a venture capital firm that almost exclusively funds start-ups by very...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Human moments: Get up close & personal at work
Published on Mar 30th, 2006
0 comments The media talk about information overload, but young workers are comfortable with a deluge of information. For them, filtering huge amounts of information is intuitive, says Ashley J. Swartz,...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Getting promoted: That is so last century
Published on Mar 23rd, 2006
0 comments Can we all just stop talking about promotions like they matter? A promotion has meaning when someone's moving up the corporate ladder at such a slow pace that every small step is grounds for...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Online dating: What it reveals about your job
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments Even when most people have control of their time and their workload, they still report that they're unhappy in their jobs, according to the Harvard Business Review, which noted a steady decline in...
Online dating: What it reveals about your job
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments   Even when most people have control of their time and their workload, they still report that they're unhappy in their jobs, according to the Harvard Business Review, which noted a steady...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Caffeine nap: Try new energy booster
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments I've been doing a little research on sleep, and I've found that the more I understand about nutrition, the better I eat. I thought the same would hold true for sleep. In fact, though, on my way to...
Caffeine nap: Try new energy booster
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments   I've been doing a little research on sleep, and I've found that the more I understand about nutrition, the better I eat. I thought the same would hold true for sleep. In fact, though, on my...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Seek angels: One might help you wing it
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments It might shock you to hear that it's easier to find money to fund your business idea than it is to find an idea. A good idea, that is. There are two kinds of good ideas. The first one is for a small...
Seek angels: One might help you wing it
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments It might shock you to hear that it's easier to find money to fund your business idea than it is to find an idea. A good idea, that is. There are two kinds of good ideas. The first one is for a small...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Up or out: Be cruel to be kind
Published on Feb 23rd, 2006
0 comments The best advice anyone will give you as a manager is to be kind and caring and make the world a better place. This does not mean you should be a pushover or a flower child. You still need to get your...
THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Boss cog: Take time to love the boss
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments When should you leave your job? The answer is very simple: if your boss does not love you. Most people take very little responsibility for making their boss love them. This means that you find out...
Boss cog: Take time to love the boss
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments When should you leave your job? The answer is very simple: if your boss does not love you. Most people take very little responsibility for making their boss love them. This means that you find out...
Jobspeak: Keep jargon off your plate
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
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...
Young 'uns: They need different strokes"
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments   I realized that managing Genertion Y requires a huge shift in thinking when I was giving career advice to my 23-year-old brother. He's a top recruit at a top investment-banking firm, and he...
Real thing: Dress (and be) authentic
Published on Jan 19th, 2006
0 comments   I took my mom on a recent business trip. It was apparent that I was underdressed, so we went shopping. I planned to get rid of my ratty sneakers, but my mom said I needed a suit. A civilized...
CSI: Mydeski: You leave key clues at work
Published on Jan 12th, 2006
0 comments   You can judge someone's personality by what his or her workspace looks like. Take Tamar Hirschfeld, for example. She's set up her office on patio furniture. She has the laptop, the headset,...
A brazen 2006: How to get ahead of the pack
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments New ideas for career planning that didn't get much play in 2005, but they're good, and we should all keep them in mind for 2006: * Extreme financing. I first saw this phrase in an article about two...
New in 2006: End of work as we know it
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments The New Year is a traditional time for predictions. So here are mine. I predict an end of work as we know it. But don't get jumpy– it's not going to happen until the next generation infiltrates...
Learn from Liz: Have the courage to change
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments For those of you who did not spend 1993 listening to Liz Phair's CD Exile in Guyville, go buy that CD now. It's about mainstream, upper-middle class women who wish they were beautiful and fun and...
Bad answers: How interviews go astray
Published on Dec 8th, 2005
0 comments Recently I interviewed for a job. I haven't interviewed for the last three years, since my first son was born. I felt that awkward feeling that people describe when they break up with their long-term...