The 411: Weekly News Update

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Weekly news update – Photo: blackgirllonghair.com

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is having a great week-end, as we’re preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving! Here is my weekly news update:

Happy Sunday, and happy reading!

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Coffee Break: How Much Time Do You Really Spend on Social Media At Work?

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Photo: ghanacelebrities.com

I wrote earlier about 5 ways social media is ruining your career, and before you click away to get back to your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, please hear me out. Have you ever asked yourself how much time you really spend on social media while at work? Or do you just avoid the question altogether (because the answer would make your head spin)? Well, maybe you should, maybe we all should…

According to Entrepreneur magazine, the average millennial spends 18 hours consuming media, mostly content by peers. Business Insider found that social is now the new Internet activity, while BusinessWeek is astounded that the average American is neglecting their pets in favor of social media (shut the front door!). And out of all that crazy use, 60% of all employees admit to wasting 30 minutes to an hour each day at work on the Internet and social media. And unless you’re a social media manager (which most of us aren’t), there’s no rhyme or reason for all this social voyeurism while on the clock, talking about you’re trying to keep in touch…And even then, there’s an app for that

So, really how much time do you spend on social medial while on the clock?

 

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Week-End Pick: Cross-Body Bag

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Tory Burch Corss-body bad - $304.49 - Photo: nordstrom

Tory Burch Corss-body bad – $304.49 – Photo: nordstrom

Sooo I’ve been on the hunt for a ladylike, stylish AND practical cross-body bag (notice how practical is my last desired attribute, not even two toddlers and zero time will make me become fashion-practical…anyways, don’t judge me!). My week-end (and Christmas, dear hubby, are you reading?) pick is this Tory Burch Amanda cross-body bag from Nordstrom. It’s a bit of a splurge at $304.49 (although it’s 30% off).

I like the fact that it’s roomy enough without the backpack look, and the nude color complements pretty much any outfit style or color. Plus, really, who doesn’t love Tory Burch anything?

I also like this Michael Kors flat cross body bag option, and this colorful version from Coach warms my shopper’s heart. Now this Rebecca Minkoff one from Bloomingdale’s is more suited to a nice dinner date out (minus the kids’ diaper bag), while this color blocked Kate Spade has me wanting to head to Sunday brunch early.

What are your favorite cross-body bags? 

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5 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Your Career

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Photo: the grio.com

Photo: the grio.com

Ok, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and a few other social media sites. And although I’m not posting any drunken, or inappropriate selfies (I never understood the drunken selfie concept, shouldn’t you be unable to function let alone take a selfie, but I digress…), I realize, as annoying as it may be, my simple online presence may wreak havoc with my career. Yes, while social media sites like Linked In for instance can boost your chances at landing the career of your dreams, others can spell the end of your professional reputation.

Take for instance, befriending a co-worker on your Facebook page. Or having an old high school girlfriend unearth questionable pictures or stories about you? There are indeed many ways your seemingly innocent social media banter can cost you at work:

1. There’s a thin line between…personal and professional! And these can be blurred pretty fast, and at times irretrievably…Avoid mixing personal and professional on your social networks, and if you do, keep some clear boundaries between your contacts! Sites like Hibe.com can help you do just that…

2. Keep your network in check! Oftentimes, it’s less about the stuff you post than the stuff others post about you, on your page. If your audience is less politically correct than Jimmy Kimmell, you may want to put them in check….or restrict your privacy settings, pronto!

3. Timing is EVERYTHING! Remember your posts are time-stamped, so if you’re posting links to hilarious videos during work hours, beware! This could get you fired or dropped from the running to the job of your dreams, so post carefully!

4. First impressions matter! If your profile picture features your side boob as main character, or last year’s wardrobe malfunction somehow found its way on your Instagram page, you’re not exactly making the best first impression! Prospective employers do scour your social media profiles, and so do current employers! So just as you wouldn’t want your annoying sister-in-law to find a less than flattering pic of you anywhere, polish your appearance, both in person and on social media!

5. What happens on the Internet stays on the Internet! Those pics from Spring break in Cancun with you adoringly cradling a bottle of Moet? They were, and still are online somewhere. So don’t let your new educated, “bourgie” reputation fool you! What happens in Internet Land stays in Internet Land, except there are no secrets on Internet Land, and that banking firm may not exactly pick your stellar resume over your questionable love pics with champagne bottles! Dust the skeletons in your closet, and get to deleting…

What are other ways to prevent social media from killing your career?

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There’s An App for That: ShopSavvy

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Shopsavvy app - Photo: buzzfeed.com

Shopsavvy app – Photo: buzzfeed.com

‘Tis the season for shopping, and trying to find deals! Except when you’re busy, you end up not having enough time to try to find anything, and end up buying whatever you find at whatever price you find it, and then lament over your credit card bill come January…And of course, there’s an app for that!

ShopSavvy helps you find the best deals, allows you to compare prices, and even follow your favorite stores. So instead of looking through your monumentally disorganized purse to find that expired coupon from last month (or realize the baby chewed it), you can just well, you know, get the app…

My $0.05: It’s free and available on any iPhone, so ready, set, shop!

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Work It: Cashmere Draped Cardigan

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Colorblocked cashmere cardigan - $109.99 - Photo: macys.com

Colorblocked cashmere cardigan – $109.99 – Photo: macys.com

‘Tis the season for cashmere and cardigans! And what better than this Charter Club color blocked draped cashmere cardigan from Macy’s! Loving the pop of color for a nice change to the sometimes more somber winter wardrobe, and the swingy silhouette on this otherwise cozy yet elegant cardigan! It’s on sale for $109.99 at Macy’s!

Speaking of cashmere cardigans, I also love this open-front peplum version, very flattering and original, or this sweater vest option, or this more conservative leather trim sweater jacket one!

Seen a great fashion pick you’d like to share! Shoot  me an email at corporate@thecorporatesister.com, or leave a comment!

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Are Introverts Unfairly Punished at Work?

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Introverts - Photo: madamenoire.com

Introverts – Photo: madamenoire.com

Blog topics come from everywhere. This one comes from a rather emotional place, as I was speaking the other day with a dear friend of mine who happens to be an introvert. In tears, my friend A. explained how her manager would make her feel ostracized and discriminated against because she’s an introvert. Unlike her other team members, or many people at work who foster a culture of speaking louder and first to assert their expertise in anything, she’s more reflective and less inclined to speak up, at work or in life. As a result, she’s being punished for it.

Listening to her brought back painful memories of starting out in the corporate world as a young introvert myself, painfully forcing myself to speak up in meetings and being constantly on alert for fear of being pushed out of the corporate group. Even better, it brought back memories of being a quiet child at school, who everyone else thought needed to learn to speak up in class.

In the Huffington piece entitled “Speaking Up for Introverts”, author Karra Sherrer speaks about the unfairness of certain environments that tend to stigmatize introverts for lack of understanding them. Yet, if people and institutions bothered to know more about introverts and how they function as people, it would allow them to tap into an exceptional well of talent that is often left dormant.

The sad reality is, more often than not, introverts are punished at work because many higher-ups do not understand how to deal with their type of personality. Instead of saddling them with negative descriptions such as antisocial, loner, unproductive, or even slow, why not foster attitudes in the workplace allowing introverts to bring their best to the table. Attitudes such as playing to introverts’ strengths, including researching, strategizing and writing, or allowing them time to think before talking (you’d be surprised by the great insights that’d be produced).

Do you think introverts are unfairly punished at work?

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Coffee Break: Is Your Career A Factor In Your Choice of Partner?

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I wrote earlier about how your spouse, or partner, can affect your career. Yet, is the reverse true? When picking a partner, or considering to date, or even marry someone, how does your career affect your choices, if at all?

While some, like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, argue carefully choosing who you’ll have children with is the most important decision you can make as a woman, others will simply tell you to go with your heart. I’ve met women for whom their careers were pivotal to their lives, and as a result chose life partners based on the demands of their work. I’ve also met other career women who married or got in relationships with their total opposites, not considering their career as a factor in their relationship choices.

In both groups, I’ve witnessed some women rising to the top of their fields, and others stagnating miserably. So, really, how much can you influence your career by who you choose to marry?

My $0.05: It depends. No one can predict the future, yet what we can do is sit down and have a good old, face to face, conversation about what we consider important. And if work and career happen to be a cornerstone of who we are, we need to make sure we agree on some basic things, like schedules, kids and most importantly, acceptance. And preferably, have the talk before the ring, the house or the kids….Just sayin’…

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Work It: Cap-Sleeve Top

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Cap-sleeve top - $78 - bergdorfgoodman.com

Cap-sleeve top – $78 – bergdorfgoodman.com

I was looking for a silk layering piece that would be sophisticated and original enough for work. Hence today’s pick, this Rebecca Taylor printed-silk cap-sleeve top, on sale for $78 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Loving the structured mandarin collar and placket snap closure, as well as the fun yet still conservative print. I’d pair this with an elegant pair of black slacks like these Elie Tahari straight leg trousers, or these tapered trousers for a funkier workplace (and mood)…

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“It’s Not Me, It’s You”: Why Your Spouse Is Ruining Your Career

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Photo: bossip.com

Photo: bossip.com

Many of us attribute taking a step down in our career, or foregoing a career altogether, to having kids. Yet the somewhat surprising secret of your career success (or lack thereof) could actually be your significant other. According to a recent study, your spouse’s personality has a lot more to do with your career success than you could ever imagine.

Remember Huma Abedin, who started out as Hillary Clinton’s assistant and ended up rising to the top of her career? Or rather, do you remember her more when reminded of her husband Anthony Weiner, who made headlines for sharing pictures of his (no longer intimate) intimacy. Do you recall how all of a sudden, in light of all the penis-sharing business of her spouse, her career lost lackluster as she was faced with the harsh decision to divorce her hubby (and be poor, alone and pregnant at the time), or stay and endure the backlash of public opinion?

Speaking of the Clinton’s circle, do you also recall Monica Lewinsky and the whole sex scandal that surrounded her back then? Granted, unlike Huma, Monica had an integral part in it. Yet, here as well, the actual spouse, Hillary, who had nothing to do with the whole thing, also had to suffer the consequences of her husband’s behavior. And sixteen years later, as Monica Lewinsky is shamelessly staging a comeback on social media ahead of the 2016 campaign (interesting coincidence), Hillary is probably going to have to suffer consequences she never bargained for….

So can your spouse ruin your career? Absolutely! Can you do anything to prevent them from doing so, or to even limit the damage? It depends on how strong you are if you decide to stay and face the backlash on the home and public fronts; or how much you are willing to place a phone call to your parents to loan the money you’ll need to pay for an expensive divorce, oh, and for groceries too…

And while you’re at it, and if you still are deciding on the best marriage and career choices, you may want to read Linda Hirschman’s book, Get to work, and follow her decade-old advice to “marry down“. As crazy as it may sound (and to my male readers, please don’t get mad), a man who is less rich, less in the limelight, and less prone to ask their spouse to set their careers aside to propel his, may just be what some ambitious, go-getter women need…

Just sayin’…

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There’s an App for That: Switch

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Photo: switchapp.com

Photo: switchapp.com

If you’ve ever wondered how to apply the principles of fast-paced,. anonymous speed-dating to your job search, well…there’s an app for that. It’s called Switch, and it’s been dubbed by The daily Muse as the new Tinder for jobs.

What it does:Basically, it allows you to conduct your job search anonymously, without the stress of your current employer, clients, friends or acquaintances ever finding out. Not only are you able to check out job postings incognito, but you also get notifications directly to your phone every time a potential employer likes your profile, very much like “likes” on Facebook or “Favorites” on Twitter. And if sparks fly, Switch allows you to be put in direct contact with the recruiter in question. So i happen to be a hiring manager, consider your work made much easier…

My $0.05: Whether you are actively searching or passively job-hunting, Switch sounds like a great option to do the do under wraps (here’s another app for job-hunting on the down-low), and still keep abreast of great opportunities on the market. Great app!

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Work It: Moto Wrap Dress

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Moto wrap dress - $130 - whitehouseblackmarket.com

Moto wrap dress – $130 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

It’s no secret I love wrap dresses (check out my prior wrap dresses selections here and here). Today’s selection is also a wrap dress, with a modern moto edge, that is. Loving this long-sleeve moto wrap dress from White House Black Market, which combines a classic silhouette with edgy biker chic accents on the notch collar and on the waistbelt.

This great moto wrap dress is $130 at White House Black Market,and would look great with a chic yet still edgy pair of ankle boots like this one from Ann Taylor.

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Are You Trapped In Your Career?

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Is your career trapping you - Photo: forbes.com

Is your career trapping you – Photo: forbes.com

It’s Monday morning, it’s pouring rain outside, you can’t find your umbrella and you’re late for work. And of course, traffic is crazy and your hair is starting to frizz. All of a sudden, your throat feels tight, your palms get sweaty, and you feel…trapped! Trapped in a career you feel you can’t escape from. Trapped in a 9-to-5 that you feel will never help you fulfill your dreams. Just trapped, with no prospects, no light at the end of this long career tunnel…

There are many reasons nowadays to feel trapped in one’s job, the bad economy, a family at home, and so on and so forth. It ends up robbing us of our confidence,depleting our ambition, and making us give up on our dreams.

Yet, are you truly trapped in your job, or are you making yourself believe you are? And if the latter is true, is it really possible to be happy in one’s career? Or must we all settle for some lousy measure of career satisfaction (if any) in order to barely stay afloat?

Yes, many are the pressures, from mounting (and still unforgiven) amounts of student debt, to family and personal responsibilities. Yet, I strongly believe as much as you may have to put up with an undesired career for some time, there are ways to prevent your career from having you, all of you that is:

1. Decide what you want! I hate to point out the obvious, but not knowing what you want may keep you from getting it. What makes you happy? Better yet, what are you good at that provides you with satisfaction? If in doubt, poll your friends and family, they may see in you what you fail to give yourself credit for.

2. Start somewhere, anywhere! The best way to feel less trapped is to crack a window in your golden prison of a career or job. A friend of my sister’s had always been passionate with photography. She just started one day, taking pictures of people and places around her, posting them on social media and on her website. After years of side hustling, she now has a thriving side business. While she’s not yet ready to take this business on full-time, she’s glad she started somewhere, anywhere, with what she had.

3.Keep checking in with yourself! Now this may not be your typical career advice, yet it has saved me from many a bind. In your career equation, you are the most important variable. And just as you are called to grow and change in life, so are your career aspirations. Check in with yourself, often; ask yourself if you are happy and fulfilled, and what you can do to be happier and more fulfilled. Whether it’s saving up to launch an entrepreneurial venture, or hustling on the side, or taking a sabbatical to find yourself, take your career pulse often, and do what works for YOU!

Do you feel trapped in your career? What are you doing about it?

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The 411: Weekly News Update

Weekly news update - Photo credit: clutchmagonline.com

Weekly news update – Photo credit: clutchmagonline.com

Happy Sunday!

Hope everyone is having a great week-end! The temperatures are dipping lower and lower around this side of the blogosphere, and as were cozying up under the covers this morning, here are the news headlines that made me smile, tick, and go “shut the front door” this week:

Happy Sunday, and happy reading!

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