How a 20-something girl keeps up in the daily office jungle

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How to create a signature look

What are you wearing today? And what did you wear yesterday? Some business-like outfit, right? Suit, dress, heels, perhaps jeans on a Friday? Very professional, the way it is expected in corporate America. Unfortunately, your colleague dresses about the same way. If you look around, you’ll probably see that most people are dressed the same way. Quite comforting but it doesn’t make you stand out at all. Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about getting a mentor

Whether you read a career blog or a personal success book, they all predict the same thing: get yourself a mentor. A good mentor can introduce you to the people you like to meet, get you job opportunities and advise you on how to approach things. All the more reason to find yourself a mentor today. But how do you start? You cannot just approach anyone and ask to be your mentor. So here’s a step by step guide to get yourself the mentor you want. Continue reading


6 MUST DO’s to create a sustainable network

Did you know that more than 50% of job openings are filled, not by publishing a vacancy, but through an insider’s network? Whether you are job hunting, looking for new clients or trying to get promoted, the first people you turn to are the ones in your network. You start talking to family, friends and coworkers, hoping that they can give you a lead on anything they are aware of. But what if your network isn’t that big? Or what if your regular family/friends/college buddies pursue a completely different career? How do you collect people in your network who can actually mean something to your future career? Continue reading

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The crisis vs. your career: 0-1

Have you checked the paper this morning? I bet there was something in there about the financial crisis. Personally, I haven’t known the world before the financial crisis struck. I was still in college at that time and failing banks or foreclosures were the least of my worries. I did hear the stories about graduates having a hard time finding a job and people losing their jobs around the country. But in reality, I never had a problem finding a job when I finished college. Nor did I have a problem changing jobs since. Whenever someone asks me how to write a career plan in these times of crisis I tend to answer “Crisis? What crisis?” Continue reading


Career planning – a fulltime job

time_management_mbaknolI read a lot of career blogs and management books. Since I started working I have read thousands of articles about how to build your career, how to become an expert in what you do and how to impress management with what you do. Probably like the most of you, I am very much aware that it’s important to keep studying, talk to experts in my area of work and read all sorts of management books. In fact, I keep a list on my computer with titles from books who all have one thing in common: they explain you how to manage your career and use your potential to work towards your goal. Continue reading


Being a woman

Every few days or weeks, while reading a paper/blog/article I stumble on to statistics about how hard it is for a woman to built a career while men seem to be able to have no problem at all.

Woman generally work in soft sectors and drop out of their career early to have kids. They are accused of going to university, not to develop themselves but to find a suitable husband. Consequently, woman earn less than their male equivalents and are seen as unreliable by employers. I once read an article in which a CEO confessed that he would not promote a woman in her early thirties because it is likely that she will be leaving the company to take care of her – not yet existing – kids shortly after. Continue reading