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Keep Your Old Threads

April 4th, 2012

We all have a favorite sweater. One that makes us look like a million or just plain feels good.   It’s worn, but you reach for it year after year.  The other day I looked closer at my go-to cardigan and saw a single bright thread running all the way through the weave. Instead of lamenting…

Fill Your Resume Gap with 200 Words

April 4th, 2012

If the last time you wrote a resume was when the elder Bush was in office, I know it can be hard to find the words to describe your long time out of the workforce. Whether they’re on hiatus for one year or 10, returning professional women have an especially hard time  making volunteer work sound…

No Good Deed Goes Unnoticed

April 4th, 2012

In answer to the frequent question, “Does my volunteer work count on a resume,” I always tell women yes, yes, yes!  Now Linkedin has made it even easier to showcase this experience. First of all, you’re on Linkedin, right?  Even if you’re not being paid for your work now, some day soon that may change.  Linkedin…

Overparenting May Be Hazardous to Happiness

April 4th, 2012

One of my daughter’s teachers once told me that students would no longer be doing their big science projects at home.  With a hint of sarcasm in her voice she said, “in the past parents built some very impressive machines.” We’ve all heard the term “helicopter parents”, and I would be lying if I said…

4.74 Degrees of Separation

April 4th, 2012

A few social butterflies in my circles know everyone there is to know, but many more women have a nice circle of friends and acquaintances and that’s that. The non-social butterfly camp of job seekers often tells me that they’ve run out of networking contacts.  They do the obvious—contact their inner circle of friends, family…

Target Hip, Hip Hooray, Not Blasé

April 4th, 2012

When employers ask you for references, it’s the moment that could make or break your chances for a job.  Especially if you choose a reference who gives you a lukewarm review. The first thing to know is that employers prefer to speak directly to a person rather than read a letter that glows brighter than…