Say more by saying less

Ever heard the Mark Twain quote, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter”? One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is the need to edit yourself. Here’s how to do it in a way that will elevate your communication style and make sure your target audience is always delighted and never bored.

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Fail fast. Recover gracefully.

You might dream about starting and running your own business. I did in my late 20s and with that achieved an extraordinary career-building experience—even though it was a massive failure. I hope my story about how it all went down provides some perspective on how this might all work in the event that you want to pursue your own endeavor.

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Tough love: Oxymoron or perfect match?

Figuring out how to give and receive tough love—otherwise known as frank feedback about something that’s standing in the way of someone achieving their goals and aspirations—is a key part of any successful career. Here’s a personal story about the big impact a little tough love can have, going to the heart of the matter quickly, and helping someone get on the right track to success and happiness.

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Evaluating jobs: Understanding what you want

When it comes to finding a job, it’s critical to figure out the factors that matter to you most. Ingredients like compensation, title, commute, company size, organization culture, flex time, and other benefits all play a role in your decision, but their relative importance might vary for you over time. Our guide and tools will help you make the right trade-offs and bring clarity to what can be a complicated process.

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Finding opportunities: Networking & sourcing

Finding the right job can be downright overwhelming, confusing, and even paralyzing. There’s no right or wrong answer on any of this, but there are things that tend to work (or not). We’ve laid out our favorite tips and tricks to help you get the process underway and manage what can be an intimidating project like a pro, putting you in control of your destiny and charting your unique course every step of the way.

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How to get the job: Resume & interview essentials

Work is a battlefield and interviewing is undoubtedly one of the most daunting fights you’ll endure. So how do you prepare? What will your armor be (a.k.a. what will you wear)? What provisions should you take? What’s your game plan from start to finish? Our interview and resume tips are crafted by Alexis Harding, a veteran HR manager, and Christina Van Houten, Women at Work founder and a senior tech executive.

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How to nail an interview: 20 tips & to-dos

Interviewing can feel like a do-or-die situation—you might call it an important life test, of sorts. So what are the steps you should take to prepare for the big meeting or an entire day of grilling? What can you do to set the right tone, forge connections, build credibility, and make a lasting impression? Our job interview guide lays down both the essential and “extra credit” actions you need to stand out and shine.

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Job navigator: Frameworks & tools for defining what matters to you

What the heck were you meant to do in this life anyway?! What are your strengths and things you enjoy? What are the most important work-life factors you're looking to achieve? How do you avoid what we call the “romanticism prison”? To help you assess different career paths, opportunities, and offers, our job navigator is designed to help you cut through the noise and focus.

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Family and maternity leave: How to stay in the game

In the midst of one of the most exciting and stressful events of your life, you have to figure out leave and your rights and what kind of diapers to buy and… and… Anyway, our goal is to take some of the complexity away. We break down the various policies, when to let your manager know why you’ve suddenly “put on weight,” and how to make it all work through pregnancy and beyond.

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Vacation, personal, and medical leave: The latest trends & policies

The whole concept of leave is evolving, including the standards around it, what’s acceptable, and even what’s legal. So how much is too much time, how much notice should you give your manager, what’s the deal with “unlimited” vacation, and when is it okay to “duck out” early? This piece provides our guiding principles for achieving work-life balance and taking time off.

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52 commandments for success: Rules to achieving everyday awesomeness

Some of this advice might be part of your everyday mindset already, but much will likely be surprising and even thought-provoking. Taken together, we’ve had women both young and old tell us how much they’ve valued this empowering and actionable collection of mantras and behaviors. We hope you’ll check out this Women at Work staple compiled by founder Christina Van Houten.

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