I know many readers are huge fans of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (Business Plus)(affectionately known among commenters as NGDGTCO). I’ll be honest here: I haven’t read it yet myself! But I knew enough to sit up and take notice when the author, Lois … Read More about Book Excerpt: Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It
Should young women remove their engagement rings for interviews, particularly OCI? Are very large diamond rings inappropriate for the office? This should be a fun conversation. Reader S wonders what size diamond ring is appropriate for a professional woman… What size wedding ring/engagement ring is appropriate for a professional office? Personally, I think giant rings … Read More about Should You Remove Your Engagement Ring for an Interview?
Reader J wonders how one can walk quietly in heels… One problem I struggle with is finding shoes that don’t echo down the hallway every time I take a step. As a legal assistant, I spend a lot of time running to the courthouse to file papers, etc., and I’m very conscious of the fact … Read More about Tiptoeing Through the Tulips: How to Walk Quietly in Heels
Reader M has a question about gender-neutral names… I am a new practicing attorney with a gender-neutral name. I’ve been in practice since October (4 months) and have already received at least 10 correspondences addressed to “Mr. Last Name.” Aside from making a phone call to the offending party and changing the footer in my … Read More about Dear Sir: The Problem with Gender Neutral Names
2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on wearing perfume at the office, but you may want to check out our most recent discussion of whether or not I know readers have discussed this a bunch in the comments, but I don’t think we’ve ever had a full post on perfume at the office, … Read More about Perfume at the Office: Why You Shouldn’t Wear Much Perfume at Work
Reader K has a question about conversations… I am the newest associate in a department that is dominated by women. As someone who often laments the number of female partners and senior associates in private practice, I was initially thrilled by this fact. But my excitement turned to disappointment on the first day. At a … Read More about How to Negotiate Conversation Topics
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on what to do when your client hits on you, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of sexual harassment at work. We got a fascinating reader email from an eighth year attorney on the partnership track… I am actively trying to … Read More about What to Do When Your Client Hits On You
2017 Update: We still stand by this discussion of how to keep from crying at work — you may also want to check out our recent discussion of how to get a poker face at work. Reader S has an interesting question about how to keep from crying at work… Recently, I posted to a … Read More about There’s No Crying in Baseball: How to Keep from Crying at Work
2017 Update: Check out our latest discussion on the best interview makeup! Today’s reader mail is another request for interview advice, this time in terms of makeup… I have several on campus interviews for 1L summer jobs the first week in February. I have my conservative gray and black suits. I have my sensible Nine West … Read More about What Makeup to Wear While Interviewing
We got an interesting e-mail last week from LPC of Privilege: A High Wasp Stops to Consider, offering to write a post giving advice to newbies from her much higher position. She’s got some great advice in here! Your first big job. Congratulations. By big, I mean in an institution of substance, as a lawyer, … Read More about What to Wear to Work: Advice from the VP/Hiring Manager Level (Guest Post)
Today’s reader mail deals with the inevitable problem: buying the same clothes as your coworkers. I have just started my career and I am building up my wardrobe essentials one button down at a time so i am kinda slow because i had to start from scratch (my college wardrobe wasn’t ahem ‘ladylike’). I have … Read More about Reader mail: My coworker has my same suit!
A reader wondered if classic, tasteful vintage couture was appropriate to wear to work at her conservative law firm.