Posts tagged "career"

Dear Wendy: “I’m A 30-Year-old Receptionist And Ashamed Of My Job”

I’ve been dating this guy I really like for a couple months and things are going well. He’s 35, I’m 29. He’s pretty successful, and most of his friends are too. Like, really successful. Me? I’m a receptionist at a law firm and I’m going to school online for social services. I’ll be done i…

By: Wendy Atterberry / December 12, 2011

Mind Of Man: This Dude Owes His Career To A Feminist

I would not be blogging about the various and amusing differences between dudes and chicks for fun and profit if it were not for a boss who dressed like she was ready to hit a late-'90s girl power soft rock music festival at a moment’s notice.  When I moved to New York 15 years ago,…

By: John DeVore / December 7, 2011

Debate This: Will Being Pretty Help You Get A Job?

Earlier this week, Forbes.com's blogger Susannah Breslin -- who used to be one of The Frisky's own! -- wrote a piece called "How to Get a Job If You're a Twentysomething Woman," after a reader named Frances asked her for advice on the topic. Susannah's first bit of advice -- and the one that ha…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 18, 2011

Hot Links: 10 Things You Don’t Want To Say When Having Dinner At Your Boss’s House

Having dinner at your boss's house? Here are 10 things you probably shouldn't say. For my employees, I'll add an 11th: "I hate dogs." [The Grindstone] Can telling your significant other that they're fat be a sign of true love? What if your SO is seriously obese and giving it to them straight could motivate…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 10, 2011

Girl Talk: I Quit My Job

As long as I can remember, I haven’t liked change. I preferred to be unhappy or uncomfortable in routine rather than try something new because I was scared or didn’t know the outcome. In 2009, after two years in non-profit media, rather than look for something new that put my journalism degree to use, I…

By: Sara-Rivka Davidson / October 24, 2011

She Said/She Said: How Involved Is Too Involved In Your Significant Other’s Work Life?

Should your significant other leave his or her work issues at the office, or should there be space for it at home? And at what point is too involved in his or her work life? The Gloss‘ Jennifer Wright and The Grindstone’s Amanda Chatel discuss, as well as address the fundamental flaws about the TV…

By: The Grindstone / September 5, 2011

The 5 Things You Should Never Say To A Job Slut

I’ve been a full-time freelancer for over a year. It’s been the most stimulating, character-building, nail-bitingly stressful experience of my professional life. And people love to talk about it. I think it helps that I’m a writer. People who romanticize writing — about 85 percent of New Yorkers — throw around words like “craft” and…

By: The Grindstone / August 28, 2011

The Lies We Tell Ourselves To Stay In Jobs We Hate

Not everyone can love, adore, brag endlessly to others about the amazingness of their job. It would be nice if we could, but to quote the great Mick Jagger: “You can’t always get what you want.” However, finding a job you love isn’t a complete impossibility. Sometimes it’s denial and the lies we tell ourselve…

By: The Grindstone / July 24, 2011

Girl Talk: When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Tami Taylor

There’s a lot to love about "Friday Night Lights," a TV show about so much more than just high school football. My interest in the show was initially sparked by the sight of Taylor Kitsch, sweaty and shirtless, but it struck an unexpected chord with me. I came for the hot guy— I stayed for…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 15, 2011

10 Surefire Ways To Fail An Interview

It’s easy to fail a job interview. There’s really nothing to it, to be honest. Show up 20 minutes late with parsley in your teeth and a bunch of offensive jokes that are largely about human feces and you’ve just failed. Sometimes people want to fail on purpose because unemployment is a cushy situation, and…

By: The Grindstone / June 26, 2011

The Balancing Act Of Managing Men

My name is Lindsay. But at my day job, I also respond to dear, honey, sweetheart and kiddo. Kiddo is the one that really pisses me off. In three years of working with a sales crew comprised entirely of men, I’ve gotten pretty use to pet names. In the beginning, I frequently reminded people that…

By: The Grindstone / June 19, 2011

Girl Talk: I Feel Like I’m Married To My Best Friend

“I’ve been thinking…” Oh, God. Those three words. My heart rate quickened, hoping the next set of words weren’t going to be awful. “I want to move to live with you in D.C. I really do. It’s just … I feel like this is all happening so fast. In a few months, I could have…

By: Rachel East / June 13, 2011

Girl Talk: What I’ve Learned From Working With Other Women

In a piece she penned for the latest issue of New York magazine, Roseanne Barr discusses her experience as a feminist pioneer in media. Throughout the piece she shares anecdotes about struggling to make it in a male-dominated industry. Of the most interest to me were her anecdotes about the females she encountered along the…

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 18, 2011

Girl Talk: I’m A Stress Seeker

My name is Amelia and I am a stress seeker. According to a recent article in Women's Health, stress seekers are "addicted to high-anxiety lifestyles ... because somewhere along the line being stretched to the limit turned into a badge of honor." I know about when it happened for me. When I was suddenly dumped…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 12, 2011

Guy Talk: In Defense Of Dating Your Coworkers

Before I start here, I need to explain why the distinction between the type of “work” I’m talking about here is different from the typical kind of “job” drudgery lamented in endless Dilbert comics and annoying Facebook status updates. The type of workplace referenced here is the kind that serves as a funnel for your…

By: Tim Donnelly / April 22, 2011

Gwyneth And GOOP’s “Day In The Life” Of 3 Privileged Working Moms

For every step forward Gwyneth Paltrow makes in her attempt to improve her image, she takes two steps back. Though I was warming up to ol' Goopie again, after that adorable and funny guest appearance on "Glee," I am back to full GP attack mode thanks to her latest GOOP newsletter. I skipped last week'…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 13, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Single Lesbians Maybe Earn The Most Money

Census data suggested single lesbians earn more money than heterosexual women or previously-married lesbians. [ABC News] This is cool and inspiring -- a yoga instructor who still teaches and demonstrates postures, despite having two broken legs. [BlissTree] A woman named Anne Hays has posted an open letter to The New Yorker on her Facebook page,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2011

Girl Talk: Everyone’s Knocked Up – But Me!

It was like the post-WWII baby boom at my publishing company in Manhattan. The ladies’ room was full of women patting their stomachs, complaining about morning sickness that lasted all day and chugging Cheerios to battle nausea. I had never seen anything like it at any place I’ve ever worked. At my last job, many…

By: Rainbow Kirby / November 23, 2010

Ladies, You Don’t Want A Recommendation Letter To Call You “Kind”

Bad news, ladies: being described as "caring," "sensitive," "kind" or "nurturing" in a recommendation letter can work against you. According to research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, of 624 letters of recommendation submitted on behalf of 194 applicants for eight positions at a university, women are more likely to be described with stereotypically…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2010