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Advice For Women Workers

The New York Times recently asked readers to share advice for young women in the workplace. More than 500 responses followed, with insights ranging from how to be a leader and taking risks to negotiating salary and finding mentors.  Some highlights:

  • Strive to be the person that people count on.
  • Don’t just sit at the table; talk at the table! Make it a point to contribute at least once in every meeting you attend.
  • To stand out and excel, especially as a woman in the business world, you need to lead.
  • Keep track of your accomplishments. Don’t brush them off; write them down and add them to your working résumé.
  • Stop apologizing. Women say they are sorry far too much for things they had no control over.
  • Never think of yourself as a woman first, but as a competent and capable individual who can get the job done just as well as your co-workers.
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Why Women Role Models Are Important

Female role models are important because they’re inspiring – to so many people and for so many reasons.

When you think about the people who inspire you, you probably think first about what makes them inspiring, not what gender they are, how old they are or what they look like.

Just like their male counterparts, female role models – which by definition, regardless of gender, refer to those who are exemplary with behaviors worthy of being emulated – have shaped history and changed lives.

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Meeting The Needs of Working Women

What do women want at work?

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Word of Advice: Don’t be Active in Office Politics

Whenever you get a group of people together there’s going to be chemistry, or lack thereof. Dynamics between individuals are made up of one’s personality, culture, upbringing – everything that makes you, you. The workplace is no exception. People have their own ideas, their own way of doing things, and in order to make it the best work environment it can be, learning to navigate the politics of the office is not only a lifelong skill that’s fundamental to a long-term career, it’s necessary for your own sanity.

Let alone being good at what your job actually is, you also need to master the office, its people, and their personalities. Getting bogged down in office drama, politics, and clicks can make or break a position. On May 17th, the Wall Street Journal put out a great article that took office personalities and placed them in a “meeting” situation to illustrate just how detrimental a disagreeable employee can be to a group’s goals, agendas, and participants. It is a great read and I encourage you to read the full WSJ write-up (we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt that you’re not one of those disagreeable employees who interrupt with jokes, or the naysayer who rejects every idea that someone comes up with).

Inspired by that article, here are a few pointers that I’ve picked up along the way when trying to avoid office politics:

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How to Land a Real Work from Home Gig

Do you dream of being able to work from home? Do you wish some days you could roll out of bed and immediately start accomplishing your tasks for the day, without having to make the dreaded commute to the office?

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Women Powering Technology Series, Part Two

 The second installment of our Women Powering Technology series features:
Evelyn Miraglia, Senior Manager, Business Continuity at Coach.

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The Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Received

Throughout our lives, we all receive quite a bit of advice, particularly when it comes to our careers. “Have a firm handshake,” “do what you love,” and “attend college” are among things people say to others when it comes to their careers.

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