Mentors are Your Secret Weapon

Mentors are Your Secret Weapon
If you are just beginning your professional career you may not have someone who fills the role of mentor. You may wonder if, or why, you even need one. Things are going well on the job, and you feel comfortable with your boss and coworkers. Is a mentor really necessary? Mentors come in many different forms and they serve a variety of roles. If you participated in organized athletics in high school or college, your coach, in addition to helping you achieve on the playing field, may have ... Read more
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Look Before You Leap

Look Before You Leap
The New York Times Upshot just released a map of the United States which illustrates where working women are most common. Both men and women are unemployed in areas with high, concentrated poverty such as Appalachia, the Deep South, and the interior southwest. There are high female employment rates in areas of New England and the upper Midwest. Approximately 70 percent of women ages 25 to 54 are currently employed and that rate has been rising throughout the past few decades. The majority ... Read more
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Networking, the New Professional, and the New Year

Networking, the New Professional, and the New Year
You’ve recently begun your professional career, and you want to do the right things to get ahead in your field. Everything you read and hear is that networking is what it’s all about. Career consultants suggest that you try to make 3 to 5 new contacts each week. To most people, that’s an overwhelming task. It’s even more daunting if you aren’t especially outgoing or if you tend toward shyness. In some ways, it simply seems gratuitous, uncomfortable, even ... Read more
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Be a Better Leader Than Your Boss

Be a Better Leader Than Your Boss
Many people think that being a boss means being a leader. While it’s true that bosses have power, get to give direction, and tell people what to do, that doesn’t necessarily make them a leader. On the other hand, many leaders never become a boss. In fact, some prefer not to be in that position. If you’re just starting your professional career, you may be wondering who wouldn’t want to be the boss. They make more money, they have a staff, they have perks, and they get ... Read more
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4 Easy But Not So Obvious Interview Tips for Twentysomethings

4 Easy But Not So Obvious Interview Tips for Twentysomethings
Rebecca Evans is a writer, communicator, social media strategist, and arts advocate. She resides in Norfolk, Virginia, where she works as the Marketing Coordinator at Virginia Arts Festival. Interviews are tough when you’re new to the professional world. Without an extensive resume and a world of experiences to discuss, whether or not you get the job often comes down to your ability to connect with the interviewer, and showcase a self-starting attitude and willingness to learn on the job. ... Read more
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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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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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