Archive for March, 2009

Working Girl On Radio

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Check it out:  Working Girl is on the radio today, and only today:

Find out why WG had 59 jobs, her best advice for getting/keeping a job, and what she learned from her own work.

A-A-And We Have A Winner

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year has gone to:  “The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais.”

Working Girl’s favorite was “Curbside Consultation of the Colon.”   But you can’t have everything.

(More snark on same subject from NYT here.)

Mind Candy

Friday, March 27th, 2009

In the current economic climate, Working Girl admits to a bit of guilt over her (manic?) efforts to urge friends, acquaintances, Internet buddies, colleagues, family members, neighbors, old school mates, former friends, friends of friends, friends made yesterday, and random humans encountered on the street to Spend, not Save.

Spend, that is, fifteen bucks on her Book.

So it is with delight that she reports these terribly scientific findings from two recent NYT articles.  To wit:

  1. Oversaving is actually bad for you.  It’s even a disease with a name (hyperopia).  When you’re old and gray, you will regret not spending more than you will spending.  Hey, it’s science.
  2. Candy sales are on the rise, as people are seeking affordable comfort wherever they can find it.  This can not be good.  Buying the Book, on the other hand, is not only affordable it’s better for your waistline, not to mention teeth.

You want to spend (a little)?  You want affordable comfort?  You’ve come to the right place!  “The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl” will spare you from the heartbreak of hyperopia and is sweet as a Hershey’s kiss.  What more could you ask?

We now return to your regularly scheduled blog.

Help If You're The Boss

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

US World and News ReportsUsually Working Girl ponders the plight of her fellow workerbees but in today’s U.S. News & World Report post, she walks a mile in the shoes of your garden-variety boss.

And offers suggestions on how to be a better one, given the circumstances.

Further Adventures Of The Book

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Good news:  “The book” is published and in the hands, according to numerous reports, of early purchasers.

Weird news:  “The book” has not, however, arrived at Working Girl International Headquarters. 

What the—-?

"The Book" Is A…Book

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Yowie.  It’s official.

The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use” has made its way from the printers to the coffers of Amazon, and Amazon is now shipping.

It’s early!  (Original release date was March 30th). 

You can reach the Amazon page by clicking here.

Working Girl is…….amazed.

Acing The Job Interview

Friday, March 20th, 2009

In any job hunt you spend scads of time and effort getting interviews.  And then when you actually score one, it’s Stress City. 

So much depends
upon a

short tense

glazed with hard

beside the stale

(Sorry, William Carlos Williams.)

Anyway, where were we?  Right, the job interview.  Working Girl promised she would run a short blurb for a new service called Interview Angel.  So here it is:

No question about it, today’s job market is tough and uber competitive.  It’s a “hiring market” and employers can afford to be highly selective.  Meanwhile, finding ways to differentiate and show your value to companies can be challenging in this atmosphere.  And hiring an expensive career consultant feels like an impossibility all around.  But there is a ray of hope.


Brent Peterson knows how to interview for a position and has a 100% success rate in his own career pursuits as a business consultant.  In 2008 he translated all of his knowledge to a sleek one-of-a-kind and affordable padfolio for anyone looking for a job. Interview Angel ( removes the stress of looking for a job by offering candidates tools to make them stand out from the pack.  “The key is planning for the interview and to stop ‘seeking’ a job and go out and find a career.  Become problem solvers for companies,” said Peterson.  “Interview Angel will encourage you to rethink the search process.” 


Each Interview Angel padfolio includes 112 pages of worksheets, checklists, templates and a Guide to Inspiring Hiring Managers, and is uniquely designed to be used by candidates during interviews to keep them confident, focused, and organized.  Retailing at just $89 it saves you thousands a career consultant may charge.  It’s also a great gift for college graduates, recent veterans, mothers re-entering the job market, consultants, and those impacted by layoffs. 

Are You An Entrepreneur?

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

So maybe you are like many people right now who are looking for jobs without success (so far) and thinking of starting your own business.

This happens a lot during downturns.  People can’t find regular work, so they make their own. 

It works best if you were already–on some level–thinking of this, if going out on your own is something you always wanted to do.  Because successful entrepreneurs are a certain kind of person.  I.e., highly motivated, hard-working (maybe even to the point of obsession), independent nonconformists with a good dose of street smarts.

Does that sound like you?  If it does, starting your own business could be the best thing you’ve ever done.

But what if you feel you have no choice?  What if you’ve never particularly wanted to start your own business but you’ve been looking for a job for 8 months now and it’s not happening? 

Here’s a thought: You could well discover that necessity, sheer need, brings out in you traits you never thought you had.  Don’t laugh.  This really happens to all sorts of people in all sorts of ways. 

Whatever you do, do it “smartly.”  Before launching a business, ask (and answer) these questions:

  • Am I good at scheduling my own time?
  • Can I wear a lot of hats?  Will I mind having to be the accountant, salesman, janitor, and mail room clerk, as well as CEO?
  • Are my loved ones behind me?
  • How inventive am I?  Am I able to function without a blueprint?
  • How nervous am I about money?  If I lost some, would I be devastated?
  • How willing am I to work nights and weekends, without vacations, for a long period of time?
  • Am I good at selling myself and my idea? 
  • Do I mind having to ask people for money?
  • Can I point to some other accomplishment in my life that took a long time, involved setbacks, was risky, yet ultimately successful?
  • Do I have a viable, realistic Plan B?

Once you’ve thought all this through, and maybe talked it over with the wise people in your life, you’ll know better if self-employment is your answer.

Do keep in mind that sometimes you never know if you can do something until you try.  When Working Girl moved to France she soon realized that the only way she was going to earn money was as a free-lancer.  She had never particularly wanted to free-lance and she wondered, Do I have the discipline to schedule my own work?  Do I have the nerve to negotiate fees? 

She discovered, to her surprise, that she did.  In fact, she found that she worked faster and better at home, alone, without the distraction of an office.  And, um, she earned more money (per hour) free-lancing than she ever did working for The Man.  It turned out that the hardest part about working independently was having to do everything herself–invoicing, tech support, taxes, mailing, etc. 

But there’s always something you don’t like in every job.

Hold On To Your Job

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

US World and News ReportsHere’s some advice for Wednesday: For just one day, do not read the newspaper, check online news, or watch television news. 

You need a break from unemployment statistics and photos of people standing in line at job fairs! 

After all, there’s a 90% chance you still have a job.  So turn off the despair, at least for one day, and concentrate on ways to hold on to your job. 

For some simple suggestions on getting back to basics, check out the Wednesday post over at U.S. News & World Report.

Job Offer: What's Your Bottom Line?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Ah, our favorite topic: salary negotiation. Some good tips and links, from CareerAlley.

You’ve sent countless resumes, spoken with too many recruiters and have had your fair share of interviews. Now you have a job offer, but do you know what you’re worth and do you have a “bottom line”? You need to know both, what you are worth in the current job market (please see my post Are you paid what you’re worth?) as well as your “bottom line” (defined as the lowest salary, benefits and other perks at which you would accept an offer and not feel as if you are under selling yourself). Today’s post will cover some tools you can use to help evaluate a job offer.

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.