How to conduct your first interview
I remember the first time I was asked to interview a candidate in Big Corporate. It was mid-afternoon on a Friday afternoon, I was wrapping up on my current projects, listening to iHeart Radio and planning my outfit to go out to dinner with a couple of friends that evening. Then a slight knock on the side of my cubicle, [...]

7 Steps To Conduct Your First Interview (Without Fainting On The Applicant's Resume)

How to work with a backstabber
You know him or her. The dreaded, despised but put up with for way too long office backstabber. The one who steals your ideas and takes credit for them later at the weekly status meeting. Or piggy backs on your contributions to inflate theirs, withholding critical information from you and magically "forgetting" to include  you in Senior Management meetings. Yes, [...]

How To Beat The Office Backstabber At Their Own Game

7 things working women taught me about a real career
The first time I had to work in a team led by a female manager, I nearly broke in hives. Not because I dreaded the work, the team, or the fact that mice came out to play after-hours in the office. Not even because it was a new job, in an new industry, in an old building with limited parking [...]

7 Things Working Moms Taught Me About Building A Real Career

How to stand out in a large team
I remember  being a young associate in Big Accounting, being thrown on 30+ people engagement teams, with no idea who was who, who to talk to, where to go, what to say...Never mind communicating effectively...Amazon's Jeff Bezos had a golden rule: if your team comprises more people than it takes to eat two pizzas, that may be just too much...Well, [...]

Forget About Blending In: 7 Ways to Stand out In A Large Work Team

Weekly News Update
Happy Sunday everyone! It's a rainy, "let-me-stay-in-bed-with-a book" kind of day on this side of the blogosphere...As I'm sipping on my third, ahem,  one of my cups of coffee, here are the news that made my week: If you're under 35, Fortune came out with the best lists of workplaces for millenials; Timing is everything! Fast Company reveals the best [...]

The 411: Weekly News Update

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To this day, I can still remember my very first meeting with my very first mentor. At the time, as a young associate starting out in Big Accounting, I didn't even really know what a mentor was, what they represent for anyone's career, and most importantly, what the heck to discuss with them. We went to a newly Starbucks on [...]

7 Outstanding Questions to Ask Your New Mentor

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Loving this easy-breezy flounce skirt from Ann Taylor! The flattering, waist-cinching style is perfect for summer. The embroidery makes it a classic, elegant piece to take from desk to dinner. It's $89 at Ann Taylor, and comes in both regular and petite sizes. The Corporate Sis.

Work It: Flounce Skirt

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There's a a lot of advice floating out there about how women can "learn" to be successful in male-dominated professions, as if success were inherently dependent on the gender composition of our work environments. Or how women should adopt more masculine characteristics here, wear more makeup there, lean in there, move over here, to gain the traction they desire in their [...]

How Working in A Gender-Diverse Environment Boosted My Career

We've talked about switching industries without losing your professional edge earlier. However, is it realistic to start in a new industry without any prior experience in it? Wouldn't it affect your chances of success? Isn't it just better to remain in an industry in which we have experience? My $0.05: In this case, as in many cases when it comes to [...]

Coffee Break: Can you start in a new industry with no prior experience?

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Banana Republic is having a 40% sale (yummy), and I picked this textured V-neck sheath to start my work fashion week in style. Loving the breathable cotton fabric, the flattering yet professional V-neck cut, and beautifully vented front hem. This dress is also on sale for $89.99, which makes my monday even better! Happy Monday everyone! The Corporate Sis.

Work It: V-Neck Sheath Dress

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During my time in Big Accounting, I had the opportunity to experience and enjoy (or not exactly look forward to) many different industries, from commercial to financial, not to mention the joy of performing inventories in a morgue one day (yes, an actual morgue) and a gas station another. Yet, even in Big Accounting, these opportunities to float between various [...]

How to Change Industries Without Losing Your Professional Edge