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How to Talk to Your Boss When You Make a Mistake

I looked at my boss and took a deep breath.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t get that proposal finished in time and I know that let you and the team down.”

I could feel the knots in my stomach tighten.

I hated making mistakes at work and I hated admitting them to my boss.

But I had learned that shifting the blame or making excuses only damaged my integrity, so I stood firm.

“I’m planning to finish proposals the night before they’re due from now on, to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

He looked at me and thanked me for accepting responsibility and creating a plan to ensure success going forward.

And then he gave me another proposal to work on.

I couldn’t have felt more grateful – my willingness to own my mistake had strengthened the trust my boss had in me, rather than tearing it down.

It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

If you’re wondering how to talk to your boss next time you make a mistake, I invite you to...

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How to Prepare for an Interview

find a job Jun 04, 2020

It was spring break during my senior year of college.

I was in Washington, DC for the very first time, walking (in heels) to my very first in-person interview for a “real job.”

I didn’t know what to expect—to be honest, I was more concerned with arriving to the correct place on time (I didn’t have google maps on my purple blackberry back then) than I was with the interview itself.

But once I arrived and sat in the fancy lobby, I felt nervous.

Was I wearing the right outfit? Could I explain why I wanted this job without stumbling over my words? I was about to find out… and that scared me.

(Spoiler: I ended up getting the job after a few tense weeks "waiting to hear back.")


If you’re prepping for an interview right now, friend, congratulations! I’ve been both the interviewer and the interviewee over the years, and today I’m sharing a few tips to help you feel as prepared and confident as possible.

(And no worries –...

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Ninja Tips for Using LinkedIn to Advance Your Career

find a job Apr 23, 2020

You know that loungewear set from Target that every single fashion influencer in the world just can’t stop talking about right now?

(Yes, that one).

And even though you do an eye roll every time you see it posted, you start to secretly wonder whether you should get it?

And then you add it to your cart?

All because you were told you needed it again and again and again…?

(Sneaky, right?)

Since I just proved to you the magic of constant repetition, I’m back here again to tell you about how essential LinkedIn is for you and your career (even if you’re not job searching right now).

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m so convinced that it's worth your time to know how to use LinkedIn that I begged marketing consultant and LinkedIn expert Ash Kennedy of Creative Freedom Social Marketing to share with me her best LinkedIn strategies so that you’d have everything you needed to make your profile stand out.

Before we dive...

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How to Job Search from your Couch

find a job Apr 02, 2020

Dear Go-Getter:

I see you.

You work HARD. You’re getting all As – whether that be in your classes or the comments your boss makes on your job reviews.

You do all the things. You volunteer, you go to networking events, you show up on time – no excuses.

And in the last few weeks, everything has fallen apart.

You were just starting to look for a job—the next step in your career—or you were thinking of looking for a job in the next few months, after graduation.

And now the playbook for “how to get a job” seems outdated at best and totally irrelevant at worst.

You don’t want to sit at home and just binge Netflix or clean out your closet – but you’re not sure if there’s a better option right now.

I’m here to tell you that there is.

I’ve spent the last decade of my life working across the public, private, and non-profit sector and now I help young adults navigate the non-sexy but essential parts of life –...

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Using LinkedIn in your Job Search

find a job Mar 05, 2020

Ask me what it feels like to search for a job and I’ll tell you it feels more impossible than finding a self-tanner that never streaks.

(Or do I just have bad luck in the self-tanner department?  Email me if you have one that’s idiot proof. Please and thank you).

Regardless: finding a job is hard, exhausting, and often discouraging work.

That’s why we’re going to continue our job search series and spend some time today talking about six ways you can use LinkedIn in your job search process.

(Go read the other posts in the series – How to Write a Winning Resume and How to Write a Cover Letter – if you haven’t already!)

Ok, let’s dive right in so you can get back to job searching ASAP!

1: Include a profile photo and a banner photo

There are two images you can customize on your LinkedIn profile: your profile photo and the “background banner” photo that appears behind your profile photo.

Customize both so you stand out to...

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How to Write a Cover Letter

find a job Jan 14, 2020

I used to hate writing cover letters.

I’d find a job I liked, read the application requirements, and then groan when I read “please submit a cover letter with your application.”

I’d open a blank word document with every intention of writing something brilliant—and then I’d get stuck.

I had no idea what to write or how to write it.

After significant trial and error, I finally figured out how to not only write a cover letter, but how to write one that made potential employers want to interview me. And I’m excited to share my process with you today – are you ready?

Let’s dive right in!

Step One: Research

Once you’ve identified a job you want to apply for, head over to the company’s website and spend some time clicking around. Try to learn as much as you can about the company itself and the specific responsibilities and skills required for the actual job. A few good places to start are the “About” page,...

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How to Write a Winning Resume

find a job Jan 07, 2020

If you’ve started looking for a job, you’ve probably stumbled across one inevitable fact: you’re not going to get very far without a resume. Almost every company will ask you to upload it/email it at some point in the application process, and if you don’t have one handy, you can slow the process down and risk looking unprofessional.

So, today we’re going to talk all about how to write a resume – one that highlights your skills and experience – and how to format it professionally.  Once you’re done, you’ll have a resume you’re proud to share.

Step 1: Work Experience

Start by writing down every company you’ve worked for, the title you held, and the start and end dates (by month). Here’s an example:

  • Good Neighbor Ice Cream, Sales Associate: June 2017 - January 2018
  • Office of State Governor, Intern: January 2018 – May 2018
  • Public Relations Company, Project Coordinator, June 2018 – Present


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