Posts tagged "Career"

To the coworker on my commute: Please leave me alone

Hello, coworker. I’m sorry if I don’t look happy to see you, but to be honest I’m not happy to see you. You have violated the neutral zone between work and non-work. I know you did not mean to do this. It’s an unfortunate coincidence of time and space that you ended up commuting in... Read more »

The worst thing to do at a job fair

When I wrote about my last job fair experience I shared the general challenge of being an introvert at a job fair, but I did not share the biggest mistake I made that day. The generalization of that mistake is “Don’t talk to potential employers at a job fair without doing research.” The specific example is... Read more »

Why an IT auditor is like a playwright

My husband says I have too many hobbies. One of my favorites is playwriting. I’ve been involved in theatre since I was a kid. For 25 years, most of my time in theatre was as an actor with occasional credits as a producer, director and choreographer. But when I went back to graduate school, I... Read more »
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The best career advice I ever received: Don't be essential

The best career advice I ever received came from a mentor I had more than 15 years ago. Her advice was a bit counter-intuitive. She told me that if I want to be able to take advantage of the best career opportunities I should make sure to not let myself become essential in my current... Read more »

A blatantly honest timesheet

A blatantly honest timesheet
Dear boss, I have some questions regading your message about the importance of accurate timesheets. I am trying to be more mindful in the reporting of my hours; unfortunately, I cannot find appropriate billing codes for many of my activities. Below is a breakdown of how I spent my 40 hours this week. Please advise as to how... Read more »

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother
I had the privilege of being in the 2014 Chicago cast of Listen to Your Mother. It was an incredible one performance only show, but those of you who weren’t there can now have the second best thing. Videos from this year’s LTYM shows are now available on the Listen to Your Mother YouTube channel.... Read more »
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Work-life balance is an over-simplification

Work-life balance is an over-simplification
When people talk about work-life balance they are usually talking about how much time a woman spends working on her career versus spending time with her family. One imagines a two-sided scale with family on one side and job on the other. If you don’t have enough time for one side you move it from... Read more »

Not engineers or executives: The other women in tech

When people talk about “women in tech” they usually mean female engineers or women who have risen to positions of executive leadership, but there are a lot of women in tech who are neither of those things. Analysts and project managers are to “women in tech” what stay at home moms are to the general feminist... Read more »

Bad responses to a job interview question: 13 variations on a theme

Below are 13 possible answers to a common job interview question. I don’t recommend you use any of them. “Describe a time when you were challenged.” 1. What does that have to do with anything? 2. Describe a time when I was challenged? By a “job?” Please. Nothing so banal as a mere job can... Read more »
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Snow days for grown ups are different

Snow days for grown ups are different
Today wasn’t exactly a snow day. The nearly 3 feet of snow that fell in Chicago since last Tuesday finally stopped late Sunday night. Today was a day shut down due to extreme cold. A freeze day? The polar vortex-inox? (Please don’t call it Chiberia) Regardless of what you call it a lot of people... Read more »