3 ways women are killing their careers

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We women kick ass at communicating with others, managing complex processes, solving problems, and making the best of limited resources. So if ladies have strengths in areas that employers demand, why are women CEOs so few and far between? Unfortunately, fewer women are advancing to the top tier in their careers than their male coworkers. While I’m not denying the existence of constraints women fight in the workplace, I think it’s worthwhile to reflect on how we hold might be holding ourselves back.

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How to leverage a coffee date into a job offer

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Looking for a job? Save yourself the turmoil of navigating clunky online application systems, and instead get hired over coffee. Informational interviews are the single most effective and underutilized tool in a job seeker’s arsenal. Making time for a quick meetup with a valuable contact can lead to a job in a number of ways: that contact might remember you when a position opens up at their workplace, they might refer you to someone who’s hiring, or they could agree to serve as a reference for you.

Here’s how to get in touch with the right people who could direct you to your dream job.

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3 harmless behaviors we need to stop apologizing for

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Ladies, we are a sorry bunch. We apologize so readily that we hardly notice it anymore. And I’m not saying we should erase “sorry” from our vocabulary entirely. But this propensity to offer repentance is actually detrimental to our wellbeing. After all, why should we feel guilty when we’ve done nothing wrong.

Here are three habits we often apologize for, that we should own up to instead.

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8 mispronounced phrases that make you look dumb

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Getting tripped up on common figures of speech is forgivable. After all, when we make written spelling and grammar mistakes, we have technology on hand that swoops in to correct us — thanks Microsoft Word! But when we mispronounce phrases in conversation, our audience is less likely to set us straight.

So to save you the potential embarrassment of jumbling up commonly used phrases in conversation, I present a few figures of speech you’re likely mispronouncing, and how to correct them.

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How to make nice with the office bitch

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Every workplace has one: the cantankerous coworker who rules her roost and won’t hesitate to remind you who’s in charge. She’s sweet as pie at staff meetings and the bosses love her, but she can barely glance in your direction without a sour expression. And while you can avoid this breed of bitch in social situations, at the office you’re stuck with her.

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10 tips to un-fuck your résumé

10 tips to un-fuck your résumé // A Light Edit

I bet your résumé is fucked. You wrote it hurriedly, at some point between graduating high school and finishing up college. And after getting some decent work experience, you shoe-horned a few bullet points in and used your half-assed résumé to apply for your next gig.

Wonder why you didn’t land an interview? Because there are a hundred candidates who applied for the position, and a handful of those job seekers had excellent résumés.

So how can you craft a résumé that rises to the top of the pile? Here are a few ideas.

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