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If you read some of my early Levo contributions , you’ll know that in the spring after university graduation I was making a concerted effort to build my personal brand, expand my skill set, and grow my network. With my background in non-profits and fundraising, and my penchant for community leadership, joining a non-profit board seemed like the perfect opportunity. There was just one teeny, tiny problem: Who would want me ? After all, I was young, I had never sat on a board before, and I certainly didn’t have money to donate or connections to offer.
Few things are more uncomfortable than a bad job interview. You and the interviewer are both trapped in a room together and you’re selling yourself like a cutlery set on QVC. But it doesn’t have to be terrifying. Here are a couple of things you can do beforehand to be prepared and confident on the big day.
School’s out and summer internships are about to begin. It’s important to make a solid first impression on your first day. If you’ve never had an internship before, now is the time to get prepared. If you have had internships before, you can never be too prepared. Here are some things to remember on the first day of summer internships: Be physically and mentally ready.
Women are (relatively) few and far between in the tech industry. They make up less than 10% of venture capitalists, and they leave the industry at twice the rate of men, according to a recent study by the Kauffman Foundation . There’s also a shortage of women pursuing engineering, particularly software engineering. But the women who do choose to enter the tech industry in one way or another are doing incredibly important work. Over the last couple of weeks, Business Insider accepted nominations for the most important women 30 years old or under in tech.
Surprise: Starting a major international company is difficult. Doing it while pregnant is extra-difficult. So says Natalie Massenet , who founded the major online fashion portal Net-a-Porter while pregnant with her first child.
Author: Sarah Devlin Sonia Sahney Nagar has quite an impressive resumé — working for General Motors as an engineer, working for Amazon, and consulting for other businesses on eCommerce. She left it all behind, though, to form Pickie , a personalized shopping aid that just raised $1 million in venture capitalist funding. We got to talk to Sonia about how she made the leap from engineering to consulting to becoming a CEO, and her tips for women looking to follow in her footsteps.
It’s not often that an academic researcher says she’s “absolutely infuriated” by the phenomenon documented by her own study. But that’s what the conversation about women at work can do to people. According to this new study , women who attended elite colleges are the likeliest to “lean out” of their careers, in the term coined by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg . That means women with the most educational capital — that is, the ones who ostensibly show the most academic and professional promise — are the ones who end up opting out of the workforce. The study was conducted by Vanderbilt law and economics professor Joni Hersch, who culled data from the 2003 National Survey of College Graduates and the Carnegie Foundation’s classifications of schools and selectivity.
It’s common for many young professionals today to have frequent job changes throughout their early career. Whether they’re searching for their dream job or haven’t found the right fit, young professionals are changing jobs faster than ever. Job hopping happens when a professional enters a new job every two or three years (or less).
“Some people say I’m an overachiever, but I think they’re just jealous.” —Tracy Flick, Election You know that girl. She was the one that did everything perfectly at school. She got straight A’s and was every teacher’s dream.
Life is never easy, personally or professionally, and obstacles will always be thrown our way. But while personal problems that affect our professional lives seem annoying and unfortunate at the time, they always lead to lifelong lessons. I recently faced the most difficult week thus far in my professional career. I thought everything was going my way with my recent promotion and an invitation to travel on behalf of my company. This would be my first time traveling for the company independently, and I was beyond excited. Even better was that I would be traveling to Arizona, where I happened to have family.
According to a Nokia study , we (smartphone users) check our phones every 6.5 minutes, which is about 150 times throughout the day. One of the best things about having a smartphone? All of the apps available to us. There’s no end to what ingenious people will do with the technology of apps. Today we’ve got some fabulous, free apps perfect for the working woman (or man). Check these out during one of those 150 times you check your phone today!
By now you’ve probably seen Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches.” If not, it is a must-watch video of an FBI sketch artist drawing women as they describe themselves, followed by a sketch of the same woman as described by a stranger. The sketch generated from stranger’s description always turns out more beautiful, and the final tagline is “You are more beautiful than you think.”
It’s a random Wednesday and you’re scrolling Facebook profiles, bored to death. In the corner, you notice an ad for an online dating company and click on it. Why?
If you’re not tuned in to the power of networking yet, it’s time to learn! An amazing 60 percent of jobs are found through networking. While that’s an encouraging statistic, if you’re new to networking or you haven’t found it fruitful, it can be time-consuming and daunting. So take the hassle out of networking with these simple steps. This field guide will help you navigate your network and build new, meaningful connections with people who can help you meet your career goals. Step 1: Before you reach out, do your homework
by Joe Issid Monster Contributing Writer In 1998, I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Less than two years later, I was gainfully employed as a software developer for a growing e-commerce publisher. And no, you would not be the first person to perform a double-take. So, what would lure an English Literature grad to pursue a career in software development? And, more interestingly, what would compel an established company to hire a candidate that had neither a relevant educational background nor any related work experience?