Do you close career doors when you take a specialized job? How do you decide if it’s worth the risk of closing doors behind you? Reader A wonders: How to decide when you are at a career crossroads, if a great opportunity comes up, but it might close doors. (My best friend just got a … Read More about Closing Career Doors
Job Hunting Advice
Hunting for a new job? This advice will help you along the way -- from networking to interviewing, even to changing careers.
2019 Update: We still think this is a great discussion on the best height for interview heels — but you may want to check out our more recent discussion about the rules for interview shoes. Are 4″ heels too high for job interviews? Is a red sole inappropriate for interviewing and networking? Reader A wonders … Read More about The Best Height for Interview Heels (aka, Can You Interview in 4″ Heels?)
When is it NOT acceptable interview in a gray suit? Reader L, a med student, wonders… I am in medical school, and will be applying for residency next year. Seeing applicants this year, I notice that it is a sea of black suits (women in pantsuits). I have a gray skirt suit from Banana Republic … Read More about Gray Suits for Interviews?
How can you feel confident during an interview when you don’t feel the best in your clothes? A petite and plus-sized reader wonders how she can look her best, short of losing 40 pounds in a week: Interview suits for the short and round. Please help! I admit it. At 5’2″ and a size 14/16 … Read More about Feeling Too Fat to Interview
2017 Update: We still stand by our advice on what to wear to a business casual interview event, but you may also want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women. What are the rules for dresses in a business casual environment — and how do those vary if you’re interviewing, networking, or … Read More about The Rules about Dresses for a “Business Casual” Interviewing Event
How do you write a great cover letter? Reader M wonders… You’ve a lot of great job and interview tips on here, but do you have any advice on how to write a great cover letter (without sounding desperate or using too many adjectives)? We’ve talked about what to wear to interviews, interview thank you … Read More about How to Write Great Cover Letters
How do you tell your friends and family you’re moving for work? How do you even decide to take a job that’s far away from family and friends? Reader L wrote in with an interesting question: I’m a recent college grad and I just accepted my first job offer (yay!). I’ll be moving across the … Read More about How to Take a Job Far From Family and Friends
You’ve been offered a new job — but how do you tell your beloved mentor and boss that? Reader L wonders how to quit your job when your mentor is your boss. I am a fifth year associate and have been at my current firm for just over a year. Recently, an unexpected job opportunity … Read More about How to Tell Your Beloved Mentor You’re Quitting
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to find a great career to fit your personality — but you may also want to check out our more recent roundup of personality tests and our latest discussion of whether your job is right for you. Careers and personalities are always a fun topic, … Read More about Careers and Personalities
What clothes should you add to your wardrobe before you attend law school? Reader N has a great question: I am in my mid-twenties and will be starting law school this fall. I’ve spent my time since undergrad traveling (living out of a backpack) and working with kids (only wearing clothes that could get messy). … Read More about What to Wear to Law School
2018 Update: We still like these interview tote bags, but you may want to check out our most recent roundup of the best work bags! Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the … Read More about The Hunt: Interview Tote Bags
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to step up your working wardrobe (and links have been updated below!), but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion from our Next Step series on the different tiers of professional clothing brands. How do you step up your working wardrobe … Read More about How to Step Up Your Working Wardrobe