“This Year I Will…” – Look into 2011 and Discover How to Make Changes in Your Life

December 29, 2010

At the end of each year I like to look back over the last 12 months to see what I’ve been able to accomplish both personally and professionally.  And, I like to make sure I’ve accomplished all of my New Year’s Resolutions.  While I was going through that exercise this month a friend of mine gave me a book titled, “This Year I Will…” by M.J. Ryan.

The subtitle is “How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True” and the inside cover touts that the book, “helps you lock on to your unique formula for planning, implementing, and seeing a life change through, so you can use it again and again to tackle anything else you’d like to do.”  I thought the book was pretty timely, given that I was about to create my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions (thanks for the gift Kathy!), so I went ahead and read the book. Read the rest of this entry »

Q&A with Andrew Neitlich, co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for a Bulletproof Career”

December 22, 2010

Most of you reading this blog have probably heard of the “Guerrilla Marketing” books – either you’ve read a few of them yourself or someone you know might have commented about them.  The guerrilla books were the brainchild of Jay Conrad Levinson and the first one I remember reading was “Guerrilla Marketing”.  Over the years, Jay began partnering with others to create “Guerrilla” books with an emphasis in other areas of expertise, such as “Guerrilla Financing” with Bruce Jan Blechman, “Guerrilla Saving” with Kathryn Tyler, and the forthcoming “Guerrilla Marketing for a Bulletproof Career” with Andrew Neitlich (scheduled to be published in April 2011). Read the rest of this entry »

How Maternal Profiling is Hurting Women

December 15, 2010

Imagine this…you’ve done everything right in your job search.  You’ve determined the job you want and the company at which you want to work; you’ve spent hours and hours updating your résumé until friends have told you it’s flawless; you prepared your list of references; obtained letters of recommendation; found the specific job you want and analyzed the job requirements against your skills and abilities; researched the company and then spoke with several people who work there so you could cultivate them as your “internal coaches”; wrote a customized cover letter; made it through the telephone interview; and finally, obtained that much coveted in-person interview.  You then made it through the grueling day-long job interview and into the final round of candidates.

Then, something happened at what you were hoping would be the final interview where they would offer you the job.  They asked if you are married, and if so, how many children you have or plan to have.  Not wanting to seem standoffish, you answer the question honestly (let’s say it’s “married with two children”) – only to end up losing out on the job offer.  What just happened??? Read the rest of this entry »

Why Women Shun Science Careers

December 8, 2010

As a woman who spent much of her career as the only female on several all-male management teams, I’m always intrigued when I read information on why women avoid certain careers.  In an article titled, “A New View on Why Women Shun Science Careers” author Tom Jacobs shares the results of a study from a team of Miami University researchers which shows, interestingly, that “women perceive STEM careers (those in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as largely incompatible with one of their core goals: Engaging in work that helps others.” Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Julie Edelman (The Accidental Housewife) in the latest Career Woman, Inc. feature interview

December 1, 2010

Soon after Julie Edelman got married and started a family, she says she “was living in the perfect storm – pursuing my career, trying to keep my house spotless, taking care of my son – the only thing I was letting go was myself.”  And when she looked in the mirror she no longer recognized the stressed-out person looking back at her.  A familiar experience for many women, myself included!  So how did she turn her life around and find a better state of happiness? Read the rest of this entry »

Career Off-Ramps are Taking an Increasing Toll on Women’s Careers

November 24, 2010

Many women have experienced, first-hand, the negative aspects of taking time off from their career to raise children or help with the care of elderly parents.  But how has the recession impacted women taking career timeouts?  A study from the Center for Work Life Policy found, “The long-term penalty for women taking a timeout from their career has worsened since the recession.”   Read the rest of this entry »

Lisa Quast: The Making of a ‘Best of’ Blog

November 22, 2010

“Blog, what’s a blog?” I remember asking.  This was back in the era where 9 out of 10 people didn’t even know what a “blog” was until it was explained to them and even then, someone usually had to show them an actual example of a blog in order to grasp the concept.

I know, because that was my reaction.  I sat there shaking my head saying, “So you’re trying to tell me that if I write a weekly blog, women from all over the world will read it?”  The response was “Only if you write about things that really impact women and can provide helpful advice on topics that will positively affect their careers.”

It’s now been almost four years since I began writing my weekly career blog for women, “Career Memos”.  Since February 2007, it’s the place where women have been able to glean advice, get candid answers to questions, and discuss professional issues that uniquely affect them in the workplace…everything from career goals to charisma, communications, to clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

Could Working for a Non-Profit be Right for You?

November 17, 2010

Over the last 18 months I’ve witnessed an increase in the number of my coaching clients who are looking to make a move from working at for-profit companies to non-profit companies.  For some of them, the economic downturn and being laid off of work caused them to pause before jumping back into a similar job.

As one client commented, “I realized I should see my job loss as an opportunity for another door to open.  I had always thought about working in the non-profit sector, but didn’t want to give up my existing job.  Now that I don’t have a job, I want to explore all my options.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lisa Quast’s “Career Memos” Named Blog of the Year in International Competition

November 16, 2010

I am very excited to share with all my blog readers that “Career Memos” was honored by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business as Blog of the Year.  The Stevie Awards for Women in Business  is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run.  The awards are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business AwardsSM. Read the rest of this entry »

Women Helping Other Women? Not so Much, it Seems

November 10, 2010

I just read an interesting article online by Eve Tahmincioglu, “Women Still Reluctant to Help Each Other” and was struck by how often I’ve encountered situations in my career where women have tried to undermine me.  In fact, the higher I climbed in corporate America, the more I seemed to become a target for other women’s hatred and anger, which shocked and horrified me. 

In her article, Ms. Tahmincioglu used a scene from the Real Housewives of New York City’s reunion episode to show how common it is for women to display incredibly poor behavior towards each other, even in a public venue.  In the episode, Alex McCord and Jill Zarin, two successful career women, “seem hellbent on undermining each other.  The cattier they get, the more the cameras zoom in on the two.”  So why do mature, normally reasonable women do this to each other? Read the rest of this entry »