When it comes to finding a job, it’s critical to figure out the factors that matter to you most given your unique needs. Ingredients like compensation, title, commute, company size, brand name, organization culture, flex time, face 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 are designed to help you make the right trade-offs and bring clarity to what can be a complicated process.
Finding the right job can be downright overwhelming, confusing, and even paralyzing. There’s no right or wrong answer on all 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.
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 (a.k.a. what’s in your bag?)? What’s your game plan from start to finish (a.k.a. what will you do before, during, and after)? 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.
Interviewing at any point in time 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.
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 compensation and what kind of diapers to buy and…and…and... Anyway, our goal is to take at least some of the stress and complexity away with our “everything you ever wanted to know about maternity leave” guide. This piece breaks down the legal jargon, the myriad of policies around salary and benefits, when to let your manager know why you’ve suddenly “put on weight,” and how to make it all work through pregnancy and beyond.
The whole concept of leave is evolving, including the standards around it, what’s acceptable, and even what’s legal. How much is too much time, how much notice should you give your manager, and when is it okay to “duck out” early? This piece provides our guiding principles for achieving work/life balance and taking time off.
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 over the years by founder Christina Van Houten.
What the heck were you meant to do in this life anyway?! Just like television shows where a million things are playing—but there are either too many you want to watch, or nothing appears interesting at all—the job market can sometimes feel overwhelmingly exciting…or overwhelmingly stagnant. Our Job Navigator is designed to help you cut through the noise and focus. 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 features a set of tools designed to help define what matters and drive decisions, success, and ultimately happiness.