When I’m Part of the Problem

When I’m Part of the Problem
I’ve always been willing to pitch in, do my part, and stay late to get the job done. There haven’t been many jobs I’ve deemed “beneath me” and that means countless hours copying, organizing, collating, stapling, and on and on. I don’t have a lot of patience for complainers and I pride myself on never being accused of such. However, I’ve also learned that being the reliable “doer” puts me at a disadvantage. I can be counted on to do…no matter what that means, and sometimes it means ... Read more
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Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace

Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace
Sometimes when women stand up for themselves, they are labeled aggressive, or self-centered, even bitchy. As a result, women may be more reluctant than men to take issue with a decision in the workplace that is unfair or that affects them personally. They may want to be seen as a team player or perhaps they are a bit intimidated by an existing old boy’s network and are trying to stay under the radar. Or perhaps they simply are unsure about how and when to speak up.This isn’t a ... Read more
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Missing Home for the Holidays

Missing Home for the Holidays
One of the most exciting aspects of beginning your career is establishing your adult persona. You looked forward to finding and furnishing your own place, to developing new friends and new routines. Your job also may have required a new location. Perhaps you now live in another state or across the country, miles away from your family and long-time friends, and you find you don’t have enough vacation leave or the necessary funds to go home for the holidays. Missing a major family ... Read more
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There are 52 Tuesdays Every Year

There are 52 Tuesdays Every Year
This year, Tuesday, December 2 has been designated as “Giving Tuesday,” a global day dedicated to giving back. Begun in 2012 by a group of influencers, it now involves over 10,000 organizations worldwide. This may sound like another gimmick, trying to solicit contributions by making us feel guilty, especially following Thanksgiving and the start of holiday shopping. As a result, many people will make quick online contributions and feel they have done their part. Giving to ... Read more
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Don’t Postpone Positive Action

Don’t Postpone Positive Action
When you enter the professional workforce, constantly moving forward is hard work. There is so much new stuff to juggle that it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Sometimes the desire to simply coast for a week, or month, or year seems attractive, almost seductive. What happens when we find ourselves unmotivated or bogged down in our personal or work lives? Many factors can be roadblocks to success. For example, health issues can sap energy. That cold you can’t kick, that recurrent neck ... Read more
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Be Your Own Cheerleader

Be Your Own Cheerleader
You know the type of day—you get up and have no energy. You can’t find anything you want to wear or anything that you think looks good on you. Your hair doesn’t cooperate and by 8:30 in the morning you know you are going to have a bad day. And thinking that, you probably will. Our personal attitude and the self-talk we engage in are powerful forces—so powerful, in fact, that they can shape our outlook, behavior, and performance inside and outside of the office. We all keep up a ... Read more
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Why Are We Still Fighting for Pay Equity?

Why Are We Still Fighting for Pay Equity?
Bobbi de Córdova-Hanks Bobbi de Córdova-Hanks retired after 25+ years as a professional musician. Since then, she has been a news bureau manager, writer/editor, author and for the past 26 years, the founder of Bosom Buddies, a full-service support, education and advocacy program of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. My first job in the workforce was in the creative field. I had just graduated from college with a degree in music. My beloved father thought I would starve to death and he said ... Read more
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Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World

Politics Can’t Be a Man’s World
The 2014 election cycle brought with it sweeping changes. Depending on your politics, these changes may have been welcome or they may have been dreaded. Regardless of your political leanings, when the 114th Congress begins in January, we will have a few breakthroughs for all women to (cautiously) celebrate. Women are a big deal. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, politicians have finally taken notice that women make up half of the population and ever since 1920, they’ve ... Read more
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Job Hopping Your Way to Success?

Job Hopping Your Way to Success?
The 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey conducted by the government’s Office of Personnel Management found that millennials who accept a position with a government agency stay slightly less than four years. If you are in your 20s or early 30s, four years might seem like a long time to you. You may fear getting locked into a job or missing new opportunities. You may have been told that the only way to get ahead is by changing jobs so that you continue to grow both your salary and your ... Read more
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So, Ummm, What to, Like, Avoid During Presentations, Sort Of

So, Ummm, What to, Like, Avoid During Presentations, Sort Of
It’s challenging to give a good presentation. It takes experience, creativity, and talent (whether inherent or learned) to engage listeners and convey information in a way that is both entertaining and informative. Regardless of the importance of the information presented, the slick appearance of the slides, or the credentials of the presenter, there is one way that speakers can detract from their message and ultimately lose their audience. There are certain words that can ruin any ... Read more
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