Month: October 2013

How to Network in 5 Minutes

No. You can’t. That’s the short answer. (My inner 15 year is snorting with laughter at OMG how clever she is and, dear lord, reading “The Official Preppy Handbook” for sartorial advice I just wanted to clear the air regarding many people’s misconceptions about networking, especially as we enter the holiday season, which is…
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October 29, 2013 0

Career “Services”

“You know they only hire from the Ivies… right?” A client recently told me that a career “service” officer at her (not Ivy, but still quite prestigious) grad school asked her that, in response to the client’s inquiry regarding the  possibility of securing a job with a certain company.  The client, being a far more even-tempered…
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October 25, 2013 0

You need a mentor.

  One of my clients just accepted a new job, and while I’m thrilled to be proven, yet again, right that yes, of course, she would get a great job, what really made me ecstatic was reading this sentence in her email: “I feel like [the new boss] can mentor me properly and that this…
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October 22, 2013 0

Adventures in Sabotaging Yourself

Eventually, I’m just going to give up and re-name this business, “1-800-Stop-Sabotaging,” and be done with it, since increasingly, that seems to be the focus of my work with clients: helping them not destroy themselves. Helping them to avoid shooting themselves in the foot and then putting that video on YouTube. Because that seems to…
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October 18, 2013 0

“You’re not the boss of me!”

It’s National Boss Day, a day that for many people ranks somewhere below “National Mother-in-Law Day,” or “National Convicted Felon Day,” given how less than wonderful most many bosses are. I say this as someone who, when I worked for a certain network, had a boss who once seriously called IT to complain that he…
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October 16, 2013 0


Earlier this summer, I was lucky enough to get hired to kvetch write for Huffington Post. My ancestors, in the Old Country (the Pale of Settlement, not Brooklyn) are turning in their grave to see another yenta getting such a mainstream audience, nu, such a brocheh! Anyhoo, those articles have been sending a lot of…
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October 14, 2013 0

Tis The Season

Every time I see all the Halloween candy in the stores, I am reminded that 1) I want to stuff as much as possible of that into my mouth, and 2) the end of year holiday season is an excellent chance to network. So yes, right now, you absolutely should make sure you’re on all…
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October 11, 2013 0

Fail Smarter

Thinking about that popular quote/admonition/question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?,” I found myself thinking that really it should say,” What would you do if you didn’t mind failing, at least once?” Okay, that doesn’t have the same je ne sais quois, but it’s more honest. Because I…
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October 4, 2013 0