9 Lives for Women Blog

Being Nice Won’t Get You a Job

March 26th, 2012

One of the hardest things for women to learn—in or beyond the school years—is the difference between skills and attributes.  When you’re looking for a summer job, an internship or a real job after graduation, it’s important that you focus on skills. If I could teach you only one lesson through this blog it would be…

Shallow Networking…So Yesterday

March 20th, 2012

Here’s a networking quiz…which of the following is the most effective way to network?    Hand out your business card to everyone you meet—and even post it on the community board at the carwash   Attend every networking meeting that you can find and hand out as many business cards as possible.    Find a really quiet coffee…

Meet Facebook for Grown-Ups

March 13th, 2012

Ever heard the expression “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know?” Rest assured that the knowledge you’ve acquired through endless hours of studying will indeed pay off, but it’s also very true that “who you know” will be an even more powerful factor when you’re out looking for a summer or permanent job….

Get Linked-in B4 You’re Forced Out

March 13th, 2012

In a precarious job market, you have to have eyes in the back of your head.  Even the best job can become the worst job when a department is restructured, and in a difficult economy you just never know when your job could be in peril. This means that to some degree you always have…

Guilty or Unhappy?

March 13th, 2012

No bout of the flu is as bad as a case of the motherhood guilts.  And if your husband, your mother or your best friend is making you feel guilty about working, it’s an ailment you just can’t shake. When I was growing up my mother did not work, but I was especially intrigued by…

Have No Fear of Switching Gears

March 13th, 2012

It’s an interesting phenonemom that some of the most successful women are the most fearful about leaving the safety net of a familiar, tried and true career.  I’ve spoken to so many fast-track women who seem to think they are one trick ponies—when I know, with a little confidence boost, they can do every trick…