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What I Would Say If Someone Asked Me To Give A Commencement Address (Which They Won’t)

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The other day I saw clickbait on the Internet called something like “10 Things You Find In Every Graduation Speech.” I didn’t click, but the headline stuck in my mind. Graduation is supposed to be a celebration of your hard work, a launch into the adult working world. A graduation speaker is someone chosen to offer wisdom and insight into this momentous rite of passage. Have graduation speeches really gotten so formulaic that they can slapped together with GIFs on BuzzFeed? (I guess they must? I only graduated nine years ago and I don’t even remember who my speaker was or what she said.)

I’ve been thinking about this lately because today, our editorial assistant Claire is graduating from college. Yesterday afternoon, we broke out the pink booze and mini eclairs to toast to no more finals and 10-page papers. As The Frisky staff sat around — all of us between five to 15 years out of college —  we all had advice for Claire about being launched into the grownup world. Some of it was practical.  Some of it was financial. All of it was honest and most assuredly more useful than whatever’s being said about “character” and “grit” and “passion” at graduations across the land this week. Those things are important, too, but they’re so vague you can make a GIFicle about them.

It made me wish I was the sort of “important person” who could be asked to give a commencement address. Seeing as I’m not an famous actor or a famous editor or really anyone important in particular, I don’t really see that happening. So for Claire, and for everyone else who may or may not have deeper thoughts on life than Charlie Day from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” here’s what I would say if someone asked me to give a commencement speech. Keep reading »

World’s Touchiest Woman Snarls At Any Job Seekers Who Contact Her On LinkedIn

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It’s a harsh job climate out there right now, as anyone scrambling to cope with unemployment and underemployment knows. And it’s an especially harsh world out there for anyone who had the misfortunate of crossing one communications professional in Northeastern Ohio.

Kelly Blazek is kind of a big deal: she runs a Cleveland Job Bank House and has gone off on anyone who has dared to try and make a professional connection with her that they are too “green” to have. As explained to the blog CleveScene, jobseekers reach out to her to get on her members-only “NEOHCommJobs” listserv. According to her, the listserv boasts over 7,300 subscribers and breaks job openings before they are posted elsewhere. It sounds like a great resource for Cleveland-ites looking for communications connections and jobs.

Perhaps it’s too great a resource. See, it seems Kelly Blazek has let running some rinky-dink Ohio listserv get to her head. Read this email from a jobseeker, followed by Blazek’s response: Keep reading »

Hillary Clinton’s Career Advice: Toughen Up, Ladies

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"Grow Skin Like A Rhinoceros"

Your career plans might not include New York Senator or Secretary Of State. Even so, surely you can’t deny that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knows a thing or two about successful careers. Speaking this week at New York University about her new Clinton Foundation project, “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project,” Ms. Clinton dished out career advice worth listening to. “One of the best pieces of advice that I ever heard from anyone was Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s who said that women in politics or in public roles should grow skin like a rhinoceros. I think there’s some truth to that,” she said. “It’s important to learn how to take criticism seriously, but not personally. And to do that, you have to be willing to hear what others, who are your critics, are saying and to evaluate where they’re coming from.” It’s sexist and annoying that women need to be this way  more than men (and mothers in politics and public life especially), but I don’t doubt that Clinton, who has an admirable rhinoceros hide herself, is correct. [CBS News]

Debate This: Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Equal Work, Equal Pay
But not if you're an insurance agent or any of these other careers. Read More »
On The "Office Mom"
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The WSJ thinks offices have their own "moms." Read More »
"Seduce" the Boys' Club
Merrill Lynch Advises Female Employees To "Seduce" The Boys' Club
Merrill Lynch advises female employees to "seduce" the men. Read More »
Is “Don’t Giggle” Really Terrible Advice For A Law Firm To Give Women?

Global law firm Clifford Chance is under fire for distributing a five-page memo to female employees with specific dress code critiques and advice for how to conduct themselves professionally.  Not surprisingly, the firm is now being criticized for a “sexist” focus on only their female employees.

I don’t disagree that a focus soley on the behavior and appearance of only female employees is sexist. Specific pieces of the advice are problematic.

But taken all together, is the advice Clifford Chance gave to its female employees wrong or bad? Nope. Keep reading »

Republican Politician To Offer Class On “Posture, Deportment And Feminine Presence.” Yes, Seriously.

I'm A Girly-Girl
Zooey Deschanel is a girly girl and she's not apologizing for it. Read More »
Too pretty?
Attractiveness is considered detrimental to women, study says. Read More »
Dr. Pepper's "Manly" Soda
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Dr. Pepper Ten says it's "not for women." Read More »
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Update: 4p.m. Well, that was quick. State Senator Mary Marty Golden’s website has canceled the event. I guess you’ll have to learn your feminine wiles elsewhere. [New York Observer]

Please tell me this is a joke. This is a joke, right?

The office of a Republican politician in Brooklyn, New York, will be offering a class for women in his district about “Posture, Deportment, and Feminine Presence.” Ostensibly this is a career development event about etiquette, but the packaging is really, really WTF. Keep reading »

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Gives Harvard Business School 2012 Commencement Address

Jane Lynch At Smith
Jane Lynch told the 2012 graduating class at Smith College what's up. Read More »
Celeb Commencements
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Rachel Maddow At Smith
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Rachel Maddow gave the 2010 commencement address at Smith. Read More »
Sheryl Sandberg at Harvard
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There’s many commencement addresses delivered each year by celebrities, but too few of them are delivered by crazy-successful businesswomen who have us hanging on their every word. Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg delivered the 2012 address at her alma mater, Harvard Business School, this week. “Careers … are not a ladder, they’re a jungle gym,” she told them. ”Move sideways, move down, move on, move off.” Smart, no? You can read the full text on of her speech Huffington Post, too. [YouTube]

Brooke Hogan, I’ve Got Some Advice For You

Yesterday, Brooke Hogan continued her quest for attention by posting phony mugshots on her MySpace page. Not only is this kind of pathetic, but it’s also a little insensitive to her brother Nick, who is serving time in jail for a 2007 car crash that severely injured his friend. So I realized that it’s time to have a little chat with Brooke, since it seems her parents’ divorce has left her to guide her own career. Keep reading »

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