References — Who To Ask When You’ve Only Had One Job

Job References: Who To Ask When You've Only Had One Job | CorporetteReader L has an excellent question about references when you haven’t been working long…

I’ve been at my current job for three years come March. It is my first job post-college, aside from a six-month internship. I am looking to leave. While the actual place of employment and coworkers are fine, I don’t enjoy what I do and dislike the city. I am looking for a new job, but I hit always hit a hurdle: references. My coworkers do not know I am looking for a new job, so I can’t use them as references. Since this is my first job, who can I ask?

Ah, the who-to-get-for-my-reference question. The easy answer here, of course, is to ask all of those professors from college and grad school who loved you well for your witty class participation/office hour banter. If you were on the quieter side, it’s simple: buy a time machine!  (Pictured: two businessmen shaking hands, originally uploaded to Flickr by MyTudut.) [Read more…]

Coffee Break: Tre Vero Pleated Snake-Textured Belt

Call me crazy, but I’m really liking this leather belt from Dillard’s– the twisted buckle looks interesting but subdued, and a snake texture is always good for the office.  Was $59, now $29.50 at Dillards in brown and black. Tre Vero Pleated Snake-Textured Belt

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Fatima Top in Ropes

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

dvf fatima top in ropesReader A recommends this lovely silk blouse by Diane von Furstenberg, noting that “this top is great for work/with jeans. It’s a non-wrap DvF top in silk jersey. Tends to gape a bit on my curvy self even though I sized up – which I do in DvF – but very sleek all the same. Can slip on over head due to stretchy jersey so sewing the placket may be an option for curvy ladies. Tag says ‘dry clean’ but I always handwash DvF stuff.”  It looks like a great classic, and is a nice change from all of the horizontal stripes I’m seeing for spring (and far more flattering).  It’s $245 at   Fatima Top in Ropes

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Belted cotton cardigan

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matthew williamson belted cotton cardiganHappy Monday!  I’m liking the cheerful colors of this belted cotton cardigan from Matthew Williamson.  Because the colors aren’t exactly conservative, the rest of the outfit has to be — so I’d wear it with gray trousers or a pencil skirt, simple black pumps, and a white silk shell beneath.  I like the look of it with a scarf (as it’s styled in another of the pictures) , but think it also might look nice accessorized with a long silver chain.  It’s $595 at Net-a-Porter. Matthew Williamson Belted cotton cardigan

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Weekend Open Thread

wanted travel bootsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

This style of boot used to be one of my favorites to wear with jeans on the weekends. In fact, I had *three pairs* of really nice boots like this — two from Cole Haan (black and brown), and one black from Frye — and none of them fit my foot this season. (Do I have the Wonders of Aging to thank for this? Joy.) In any event, I was perusing the Piperlime sale today and this boot caught my eye — it ranks high on comfort, comes in black and brown, and it’s on sale for $30? Score.  Wanted Travel Boots

Weekly News Update

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sandberg ted– If you haven’t watched it yet, please do:  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gives a TED talk about why there aren’t enough women leaders.  (I thought it hits the nail on the head and was inspirational to boot.)  I’ve embedded the video below.

– In more career-specific venues: The Careerist looks at the numbers regarding women and law firms, and suggests everyone has a stiff drink.  Meanwhile, FINS takes a look at how women are succeeding at banks.

SheFinds takes a look at Ivanka Trump’s new shoe collection.

The Harvard Business Review has some tips on how to avoid crying at work.  (The Corporette discussion of that subject can be found here if you’re interested…)

– Geraldine Doyle, the woman who inspired the Rosie the Riveter posters, died December 26.  The Washington Post has a great obit.

– Anita Bruzzese at On the Job suggests the one word every successful career needs.

Learnvest rounds up 7 things to do for financial fitness in January.

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