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Climbing the ladder

Why I’m Glad I Was Laid Off

Have you been canned in a company downsizing? Do you have your resignation letter ready to go, peppered with a top 10 list of “Things That Are Wrong With My Boss”? Or are you just so fed up with your underappreciated role in an unchallenging job...

Why Talking a Big Game Is Good for Your Career

When someone compliments you, is your automatic response anything like mine? “Really? I haven’t slept in days. It must be the lighting in here!” Or, when you’ve been patted on the back for a job well done, do you allow your team to take credit...

10 Easy-to-Fix Cover Letter Mistakes

I have yet to meet a job hunter who doesn't dread writing cover letters. They're time-consuming and tedious, and unfortunately, they're unavoidable. It's easy to break cover letter etiquette if you're not careful. Those errors can cost you the...

What Do You Want From Your Next Job?

When you were fresh out of college, you might have taken any job that fit your major and paid enough to cover your share of the rent and student loan payment. But as you move through your career, your needs change in alignment with where you are...

Dress for Success at Work

You wouldn’t submit a report with typos and grammatical errors, so why settle for the sartorial equivalent of sloppy communication? Our appearance represents the brand we’re creating for ourselves, into which we want our superiors and co-workers...

Is There a Right Way to Fire Someone?

I recently became COO at my firm, which is exciting. But my job now includes HR, and my boss wants to fire an underperforming employee who has small children. I’ve never worked in HR before, and I’m really uncomfortable with this. What is the...

6 Signs Your Job Might Be in Jeopardy

We’ve all experienced it at some point or another in our careers: New management comes in, and suddenly a surge of closed-door meetings has the office buzzing. Or a new boss is hired, and you quickly sense tension throughout your department....

The Secrets of My Success

Meet Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine (and three other major publications before that). On top of an impressive 14-year tenure at Cosmo — where she grew their readership by 700,000 and solidified the magazine’s spot as...

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