If you want to be taken seriously as a professional, good grammar matters! Particularly for lawyers, where you get major points for knowing your Bluebook and local style conventions, there can be some serious grammar nerds around — and they will judge you if you use “none” as a plural or confuse further and farther. Even those of us … Read More about Five Grammar Rules You Absolutely, Seriously Have to Know
Business Etiquette Advice
Business etiquette advice for the professional woman.
If you have a personal blog that’s not work-related, should you keep your blog a secret at work? When does your company need to know? Reader K wonders… As a fellow lawyer, I followed your blog closely back in my NYC law firm days. I now have a more flexible legal position. (I often work remotely … Read More about Should You Keep Your Blog a Secret at Work?
What are some “best practices” you should follow when it’s time to quit? Reader T asks about how to give notice when you leave a job… We’ve discussed in the past about how to know if it is the right time to move on to a new job, how to interview while working, and how to transition files … Read More about How to Give Notice When You Leave a Job
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on office holiday party etiquette, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette. I’m working on a monster post about what to wear to your office holiday party, and in the meantime found all these great articles about office holiday … Read More about Office Holiday Party Etiquette
2017 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion of sending holiday cards to friends and colleagues, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette! Holiday cards: do you send them? To friends or colleagues or both? What kind of cards do you send, and do … Read More about Do You Send Holiday Cards to Friends and Colleagues?
What should you wear on a long flight with colleagues if you want to be comfortable but still look professional? Reader N wonders… Could you do a post on comfortable, but professional attire for international or long flights? I have an upcoming business trip where my boss and two colleagues will be on a long flight … Read More about Dressing Professionally But Comfortably: What to Wear for a Long Flight
What’s the best way to network in your niche and with experts in your field — but outside your company? How can you find these experienced professionals, and how should you reach out? Can you find a mentor outside your own company? Reader M wonders: I just landed a job in a field I’m excited to be in, … Read More about Networking In Your Niche — But Outside Your Company
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to handle business lunches as a vegetarian — you may want to check out some our other posts on special diets or on vegan-friendly products for the professional woman. What if you’re at a lunch meeting or other work event and there’s nothing you … Read More about Handling Business Lunches as the Only Vegetarian
Business casual can be tricky — particularly when you’re transitioning from a conservative office. But what if the culture at your company isn’t just business casual, but ultra-feminine business casual — and you’re still most comfortable in a gray suit? When you’re in a new job and feeling pressure to dress a certain way to fit in … Read More about A Feminine Approach to Business Casual
Networking dinner attire can be tricky. But if you’re a business student on a budget — and soon to be job hunting — the question is that much harder. Reader K wonders… I’m a student in my last semester of business school and I have some networking dinners to attend in November. Could you recommend … Read More about What to Wear to a Networking Dinner As a Student
2019 Update: We still stand by this discussion of whether movie posters are acceptable office decor — but you may also want to check out the reader discussion of acceptable office decor here, as well as our latest posts on office decor. Is a vintage movie poster professional enough to hang on your office wall … Read More about Is a Vintage Movie Poster Acceptable Office Decor?
Should you join the office fantasy football league — even if you hate sports and don’t want to commit the time? What about other guy-centric office hobbies? Reader S wonders… What is the rule on joining the office fantasy football league (or other comparable sporting activity) when you don’t know or care about the sport? … Read More about Joining the Office Fantasy Football League