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Make It Work: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Work

Make It Work: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Work

Most of us enter the working world pretty ill-prepared for the harsh realities of office life. Even college isn’t much of an education in that regard; hell, arguably the most valuable thing one learns in college is how to bullshit your way through a class you didn’t do the reading for — a life skill with many practical applications, but not necessary for the mechanics of modern work until you level up. For the basic, entry-level stuff — your first job after college that wasn’t at a coffee shop or a restaurant — there are quite a few sobering moments. Here are five things that I learned the hard way about work. Keep reading »

20 Ways To Change The Topic At Thanksgiving Dinner

20 Ways To Change The Uncomfortable Topic At Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving has arrived, and there will be turkey; There will be family; There will be uncomfortable conversations likely involving something political, racial or downright inappropriate. If you’re like any of us here at The Frisky, you’d gladly prefer talking about how you’ve gained weight or why you’re still single over having to endure others’ ignorant opinions about controversial news issues. Don’t want to hear about Ferguson, Bill Cosby’s “innocence” or Obamacare this Thanksgiving? Here are 20 surefire things to say to change the topic and avoid a Turkey Day buzzkill. Keep reading »

7 Rules For The Best Friendsgiving Ever

7 Rules For The Best Friendsgiving Ever

I’ve made Thanksgiving dinner at my house for the past three years, eschewing the hell of Grand Central on Thanksgiving eve for staying quietly in my own home. I spend this blessed event with my three sisters and a ragtag group of friends who are still around. The first year was a blur, due to the heavy-handed old-fashioneds and a decided lack of snacks. The second year, we had it on lock. Last year, we introduced football to the mix. This year, I’ve started making turkey stock already for the gravy, and am doing everything in advance so that tomorrow is easy. Officially an old pro at this thing, here are my rules for the best friendsgiving, ever. Keep reading »

Get Motivation From Tough Luv Bun, The Best New Tumblr

Last Friday night I had to sift through my Other inbox on Facebook, and I found out that it had accumulated a few spectacularly short-sighted messages from anti-feminists. I tweeted about a few of them, and then I got this reply from the Twitter user @ToughLuvBun:

@RebeccaVBrink fuck him u r a feminism bae

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Make It Work: Handle The Interview, Don’t Let It Handle You

Make It Work: Handle The Interview, Don't Let It Handle You

Like online dating and stopping to talk to people you haven’t seen since college at Urban Outfitters while shopping for underwear, job interviews are a necessary evil. If you have a job, you got that job because you put on your fancy “interview pants,” took a long lunch and went to an office somewhere to sit across a table from a stranger to talk about your resume for 45 minutes. Some interviews are worse than others. I’ve been in interviews where I sat in a conference room for three hours, while a parade of people plopped in front of me and asked me the same questions. I’ve been to 15 minute interviews where it was clear from the start that I wasn’t going to get the job. I’ve made mistakes and killed it in the same 45 minute span. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m here to help. Here are some things that you should NOT do on a job interview. Keep reading »

Make It Work: How To Write A Cover Letter That Doesn’t Suck

Make It Work: How To Write A Cover Letter That Doesn't Suck
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We all have to work, whether we like it or not. It doesn’t have to be the worst thing, but it’s not always the best. Let’s tackle work issues as they come, when they come, together. Join me every Monday with The Frisky’s new column, Make It Work. Also, follow me on Twitter and holler at me if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover!

The job application process is kind of the worst. Looking for jobs is a nightmare and half, and then when you finally find something that you want to apply to, you have to do the thing that everyone hates so very much — the cover letter. Cover letters feel like the worst kind of writing, a way to sell yourself without coming off as needy or desperate, but they’re necessary, and very important. Resumes are usually a requirement, but the cover letter is where you’ve got to shine! Here are some tips for writing a cover letter that grabs a potential employer’s attention and gets you one step closer to landing an interview… Keep reading »

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