Topic: career advancement

How Do You Humbly Brag About Your Successes?

How Do You Humbly Brag About Your Successes?

I’ve been in my position for three years and I feel like I’m ready to move up. I have a lot of strengths and make great contributions at work, but the problem is no one seems to notice. I know I should be making my successes known, but I have no idea how to do that tactfully. Any advice on how to “humblebrag” in the office? Thanks! –Nicole L., New York, NY More »

Is Grad School Worth It?

Is Grad School Worth It?

I went back to school to get my MBA a few years ago. I was in the middle of a good career, and didn’t really need to continue my education. My job was solid, the economy hadn’t crashed yet, and life was good. But I treasure education; I love to learn new things, and I’m an extrovert. I had the desire to further my education and found a very cool program that combined my interests in business and international affairs. I knew Georgia Tech was a great school, and I knew I would have to make some sacrifices to attend this program. What I didn’t realize at the time was the way it would change my life. More »

Vanessa Hudgens: ‘It Was The Worst Moment Of My Career’

Vanessa Hudgens: 'It Was The Worst Moment Of My Career'

In the brave new world of smartphone culture, it can seem like there’s a celebrity nude-photo scandal every other day. Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Prince Harry … the list goes on. We’ve ogled their naughty bits and moved on. It’s easy to forget that for the celebrities themselves, these can be pretty miserable experiences. (Unless you’re a cynic who thinks they orchestrated the scandal themselves, of course.) Vanessa Hudgens, the formerly squeaky-clean Disney actress, opens up to Paper magazine this month about her own photo scandal. More »

3 Tips On Moving Up The Ladder At Work From A Sales Expert

3 Tips On Moving Up The Ladder At Work From A Sales Expert

Last Valentine’s Day week, we were lucky enough to talk to someone who knows the ins and outs of our holiday chocolate-buying habits in Office HoursTracy Cioffi is the Vice President of Marketing & Advertising at See’s Candies (Berkshire Hathaway). In her current role, she is tasked with taking the very successful, 90-year-old regional brand nationwide. But before she ended up at this awesome candy company she worked with many different iconic brands including Gap, PacSun and Old Navy. She had some great advice for how she learned to move up the ladder in marketing that can be applied to many different careers. Here are her tips: More »

Why Your Networking Isn’t Working

Why Your Networking Isn't Working

You’ve been asking you friends, coworkers, and family to pass your name along at work. You’ve tried reaching out to new job connections via cold calls and social media. You’ve met with a few people for informational interviews. But nothing is working. Sound familiar?
The problem may be that your networking strategy isn’t working for you. Instead of walking blindly into networking, consider what you might be doing wrong and some ways to improve your networking strategies. More »

Women Are Losing All The ‘Hot Jobs’ To Men

Women Are Losing All The 'Hot Jobs' To Men

Catalyst, a research organization that studies and advises companies on women’s advancement in the workplace, released a study on Wednesday that revealed women may be getting paid less because they have less access to the “hot jobs,” or rather, career-advancing jobs. The study showed women are not getting put on highly-visible projects, in positions critical to a company’s mission, or given international opportunities. These are all hallmarks of “hot” jobs that predict advancement, according to Catalyst. More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Being Scared To Put An Ambitious Person In A Lowly Role

HR Mistake Of The Week: Being Scared To Put An Ambitious Person In A Lowly Role

If you’re hiring someone to fulfill a relatively lowly role at a company, one with no distinct promise of advancement, it might seem wise to hire someone who’s happy to stay in that role. Better a satisfied waitress than a frustrated wannabe manager, right? But April Kunzelman, director of HR at fatwallet.com, makes the opposite point in a heart-warming post at Women of HR about hiring an ambitious receptionist seven years ago. More »

Think Facebook Is Bad? In Asia, Just 6% Of Corporate Board Members Are Women

Think Facebook Is Bad? In Asia, Just 6% Of Corporate Board Members Are Women

Women make up about 15% of the positions on corporate boards in America, a shockingly low number that is attracting an increasing amount of attention. In Asia, however, that number is just 6%. And a groundbreaking report released today finds that the problem of corporate advancement for women is so bad that it not only stifles women themselves — duh — but it could even hold back the growth of many Asian economies. In Asia, “there’s a much stronger barrier in terms of the expectation that women have to [stay home] to take care of their families,” one researcher tells the Wall Street Journal. More »

Summer Jobs From Hell: 8 True Stories That Will Make You Glad You Work In An Office

Summer Jobs From Hell: 8 True Stories That Will Make You Glad You Work In An Office

Most of us have at least a few fond memories of summer jobs from our teen years. Mine involve frequent ice cream “samples” at the college snack bar I worked at when I was 14, for example. But if CEOs occupy the top of the ladder of professional success, and most of us are working somewhere near the middle, the summer jobs you’ll read about here represent the broken, dirty, exhausting bottom rung. Here you’ll meet the road paver whose shoes melted on the job, the summer-camp employee who gained 17 pounds, and the guy who finished his first — and last — day on the job driving an ice-cream truck owing his boss $75. Common themes: Manual labor, quitting after one day, and brutal, unrelenting heat. And check back next Friday for the second installment, including the story of the low-level morgue employee charged with assisting on autopsies. Hey, at least the morgue’s nice and cool! More »