How to be Taken Seriously as a Young Professional

Occasionally, when I meet someone new at work, this is how the conversation usually goes: “Nice to meet you! Is this your first job out of school?” or worse, “Are you the intern?”  It’s alllll thanks to my babyface. Look, I know this is a #firstworldproblem. I get it! And I’m glad to show anyone my ID during happy hour. But in the workplace? It … Continue reading How to be Taken Seriously as a Young Professional

The 5 Types of People You Meet at Work

No matter what industry you’re in, or how large or small of a company you work for, you’re bound to meet some, er, “interesting” people that make you question whether or not your life is actually an Office Space sequel. Here are the five types of people you meet in every office, and how to deal with them (without losing your cool or your job). … Continue reading The 5 Types of People You Meet at Work

Send That Email! 5 Tips for Writing to a Stranger

It all started with an email. Back in 2014, I was fortunate enough to work part-time as a Graduate Assistant while I completed my master’s degree. Now, there are many perks to being a GA, like unlimited Keurig coffee, redirecting freshmen when they stumble into your office lost during syllabus week, and of course, tuition assistance (more on that in a future post). But in … Continue reading Send That Email! 5 Tips for Writing to a Stranger

Why Getting Fired Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

I don’t do failure. All my life, I’ve been a Type A perfectionist who dots her I’s, crosses her T’s, and wraps her work in a pretty bow. Getting fired was never (I repeat, NEVER) something I thought would happen to me. Until it happened. But clearly, I survived! And looking back, I can truly say it was the best thing that’s happened to me … Continue reading Why Getting Fired Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

Perfectionism, Personified

I have a frenemy, and her name is Perfectionism. Like any frenemy (that’s a combination of friend and enemy) Perfectionism is always one step ahead of me. She’s also the worst kind of know-it- all—for any great idea I share with her, Perfectionism will give me five reasons to reconsider. I get the feeling she makes some things up as she goes, though—she hasn’t even … Continue reading Perfectionism, Personified

The Two Math Problems All Communicators Should Know How to Solve

I’ve never met a communicator who likes math. “I never signed up for this,” we chuckle, when asked to perform a simple calculation. “No one told me there would be numbers,” we laugh nervously. It’s time to stop. this. madness. A strong command of words and a strong command of numbers doesn’t have to be negatively correlated. Why communicators need numbers Tracking certain metrics allows you … Continue reading The Two Math Problems All Communicators Should Know How to Solve

The Art of the Side Hustle

It seems like everyone these days has a “side hustle”—that is, an extra source of income outside of a full-time, 9-5 job. The communications industry was MADE for the art of the side hustle, because most jobs can be done with a laptop and a wi-fi connection. (Exhibit A: I wrote this blog post on a train.) If you’re thinking of taking on a side hustle for some extra … Continue reading The Art of the Side Hustle

How to Set (Realistic) Professional Goals

Happy New Year! All the #NewYearNewMe posts on my Instagram feed have me thinking of a different kind of New Year’s Resolution: annual work goals. Where I work, it’s required to set professional goals comes at the start of each fiscal year. Some companies may ask their employees to set goals when they are hired, and others may simply have a checklist of objectives for an … Continue reading How to Set (Realistic) Professional Goals

Watermelon Beer and the Weirdest Interview of My Life

Job interviews are stressful—trying to sell yourself while masking your nerves with a professional, yet genuine, charm is no easy feat. But sometimes, you go on an interview that throws standard interview etiquette out the window, and leaves you wondering, “What on earth just happened?” My weirdest interview took place a few months after I graduated from college—I was 21 and eager to put my … Continue reading Watermelon Beer and the Weirdest Interview of My Life