8 ways to unleash your inner ladyboss as a new manager

My first 6 months as a manager looked something like the high school years of a teenage girl: lots of ups, way more downs, and me trying to not break down on a daily basis.

I had come into my role as a manager never having management experience before, and suddenly, I was in charge of 10 individuals who were looking to me for all the answers.  I had NO idea the challenges and time that came with that, and I will be the first to admit that I struggled with it. All of it. The constant interruptions. The questions I didn’t have answers to. The small problems that seemed so petty but you still had to resolve. When I say that I had to hold back many tears those first few months, I’m not lying.

17 ways to be productive at work (when you have absolutely nothing to do)

Flashback 5 years, and I was in the midst of my very last tax season. If you can imagine months full of long hours behind a computer, weeks spent away from home in monotone hotels, and an extreme vitamin D deficiency due to lack of sunlight, then you can empathize with what living through one is like. And while I would never want to go back to working those 60-70 hours per week again, those months weren’t the worst part of the job. In fact, it was the summer.

Yes, when our schedules slowed down is when I hated going to work the most.  Why? Because I couldn’t stand the endless hours with nothing to do.

get paid what you're worth: 5 fail proof ways to negotiate a raise

We’ve all heard the stat: women make 78.6% of what men earn in similar positions.  That means the homes we can afford are 20% smaller than those of our male counterparts.  It means our cars have to be 20% cheaper, and vacations must be taken 20% less often. It means we have to work until April 12th (yes, 3 ½ months) each year to earn what men did in the previous year.  And it’s partially our fault.

how to win at work: 5 action steps to getting that next promotion

If you’re one of those people who think you deserve something simply based on tenure, then sorry, honey, it’s time for a reality check.

Over the past 8 years that I’ve been in the working world, I’ve been promoted 3 times: once at my old CPA firm and twice in the 4 years I’ve been at my current company.  My most recent move up the ranks this past November (which left me with little-to-no time to work on the blog – sorry!) was by far the biggest jump, going from managing a whopping zero people to being in charge of an entire department of 11 (aah!).  And I’ll be honest with you, it wasn’t because I was the oldest or had been there the longest.

7 factors to consider when comparing job offers

My first job out of college as a bright-eyed, “I want to take on the world” 22 year-old was working as a staff accountant at a public CPA firm.  Glamorous, I know, but I had a passion for business and knew that a career in accounting could be lucrative. Thus, when I walked into work that morning of my first “real world” job, I was excited to start my path to success (and to all that $$$).  And it was great…for a while.  I was learning new things, being challenged, and thoroughly enjoying the dynamics of the staff I worked with.  And then, about 2 years in, I noticed a shift in myself.  I found I didn’t really enjoy 80% of what I was doing, hated the long hours during tax season and the work drought during the summer, and worst of all, dreaded the thought of going back to the office on Monday mornings. It was a great job with great pay working with great people, and I was miserable.

my work week review: a free tool to help you take back control of your career

Raise your hand if you ever felt like you were going through the motions at work.  For roughly 3 weeks.  Good.  I’m glad I’m not the only one.

Many of us in our 20s haven’t yet landed our dream job (see, you’re not alone!).  Heck, a lot of those 30 somethings out there haven’t managed to find it either.  With how crappy (for lack of a better term) our economy has been since I graduated college 7 years ago, many people are just happy to find a job in their field of study, let alone one that meets everything on their job wish list.

mum's not the word

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I would rather you spend what little time you have reading the words of these two ladies, but I will preface their thoughts with this:  When is the last time you openly, unabashedly, and unapologetically opposed someone’s opinion or idea? 

the new career path: why it's ok to delay your run to the corner office

I’ve never wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. (Sorry, future children of mine, I know that’s probably hard to hear.  Don’t cry.)  Maybe it’s because I’m not the overly motherly type or I don’t have children of my own yet, but I’ve always seen myself as being out in the working world for a straight 40+ years:  kicking ass, taking names, and running the show.  I want to be the one in the corner office.  I want to be the one managing projects that make whatever company I’m working for better and more profitable. I want to be the boss.  You get the picture.

my move to a standing desk: 4 months later

I got two different reactions when I told people I had moved to a standing desk.   The first was one of jealousy…the other extreme disbelief (and not in an encouraging way).  I know, it’s a fairly new trend that is just in its baby phase, but when the fitness freak in me heard that it was an option at my workplace, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance.  I had spent 5 years of my life sitting roughly 9 hours a day, and let me tell you, I was doing more squats than Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime to make sure my butt didn’t turn into cellulite city.  It was getting out of control.

personal branding: 4 steps to becoming your own advertisement

Earlier this week I posted an article about personal branding and why it’s so important (Personal Branding: Why You Need to Be Your Own Billboard). We walked through the “what” and the “why,” and now it’s time to focus on the “how.”

So that being said, how do you go about building (or reinventing) your own personal brand? Start by asking yourself these 4 questions (I’ll walk through mine with you!):