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Climbing the ladder

Create a Career You Actually Want

When I was working on my MFA at Emerson College, I looked at every person with a writing career the way some women in their 30s look at babies: Oh, look at that one! And, I want my own! I was in my 20s at the time, but I wasn’t dreaming about...

Build Networking Into Your Daily Routine

There’s something about the word “networking” that just turns people off. It sounds so clinical; so cold. Many people think of it as asking for a favor before they’ve gotten to know a person. But really, when people say “networking,” they’re...

How to Nail Your Next Job (Before You Even Apply)

Gold watches and pensions can be filed under “career fairy tales” these days. In fact, just surviving a round or two of layoffs is considered a happy ending. In a tough economy and an increasingly competitive job market, it may feel like you...

How to Prepare for a Spouse’s Death

I recently heard from a woman whose husband was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her question to me: “What should a woman do before her husband dies?” My heart went out to her, along with my admiration. Death is not easy to talk about, let...

How Do I Fire a Popular Employee Without the Staff Hating Me?

I need to fire our office manager. It’s a mix of issues all related to attention to detail and organization. I’ve clearly warned her and put her on a performance improvement plan, which she hasn’t passed, so I’ve got my documentation in order....

The 6 People You Need in Your Network

We all know how important networking is for our careers. Building and maintaining strong relationships is critical to your professional success, whether you’re measuring salary growth, promotions or job satisfaction over time. But before you...

7 Common Career Mistakes That Can Hold You Back

At some point in your career, you’re likely to feel like you’re in a rut. Maybe you took a job for the money thinking that it’s temporary and five years later, you’re still there. Or you’ve signed on for a position you were told was one thing and...

I’m Ready to Start My Dream Career

“I have been in my field for over two decades and I’m ready to start my dream career, but I’m not sure what that looks like exactly. I’m obsessed with organization and budgeting, but without a hardcore financial background, I’m unsure what type...

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