The 31 Greatest Items Of Profession Recommendation for Younger Women


The employees at Cosmopolitan shared the No. 1 piece of recommendation they’d give to younger women beginning their careers:

1. “My recommendation to younger women is to NOT be overly obsessive about their profession path after they begin out, to check out totally different avenues to assist them study what’s the greatest match. They may know quickly sufficient.” —Lynn Goldstein-Garguilo, Govt Assistant to the Publishing Director

2. “Should you’re working at a spot you do not see your self being for a very long time, take into consideration your subsequent transfer and the way you should use the place you at the moment are to get you to your subsequent job.” —Dara Adeeyo, Affiliate Editor, On-line

three. “Take into account your ‘plan’ a ‘flex plan.’ March of my senior 12 months, I had been accepted right into a grasp’s program in psychology (my main). However I noticed a job posting for an assistant magnificence/trend editor at Well being journal, and one thing in my intestine instructed me I ought to apply, even with out an oz. of expertise within the business. I obtained the job and determined to check it (and NYC) out for one 12 months. Quick ahead 14 years: I’ve a profession as a magnificence editor—one thing I by no means would’ve been had I caught to my unique plan of being an organizational psychologist. Nothing ought to ever be written in stone. Give your self six months to a 12 months to strive one thing totally different. You’ll be able to all the time return to some model of Plan A.” —Leah Wyar, Magnificence Director

four. “Do not be too delicate or treasured about your work. Study to see criticism, feedback and notes out of your bosses as methods to develop and perceive your area higher. Even when one thing stings, transfer on from it tomorrow and are available to work with a smile in your face. Having a thicker pores and skin is for the very best: Nobody has time to carry your hand and offer you a cookie over each task that comes your method.” —Michelle Ruiz, Senior Editor

5. “I might say community, community, community, and within the course of bear in mind you are all the time promoting your self.” —Melissa Man, Gross sales Growth Supervisor

6. “Do not be a dick. However be assertive and make the connections you’re feeling you must make, and do not be afraid to succeed in out to individuals who have careers you idolize — I would not be doing what I am doing now if I had not despatched one panicked e-mail once I was 22 to a few thirtysomething women who have been killing it within the NYC journalism/running a blog business. However do not push so exhausting that you just overlook to have enjoyable together with your job — when it is one thing like writing, it is so apparent while you’re phoning it in or worrying an excessive amount of, and that is not enjoyable for readers.” —Anna Breslaw, Intercourse and Relationships Author, On-line

7. “Discover the choice maker and by no means take a no from an individual who does not have the ability to say sure. Attempt to see the large image of a company and be a workforce participant. Keep constructive and take away your self from any workplace gossip. Rise above it and do not get caught up in any negativity. Make your self priceless daily. Do not look to take credit score. Should you do your work effectively, credit score will come to you. Go away your ego on the door. Study to anticipate your bosses’ wants and questions. If there’s a drawback, come to the desk with a proposed resolution. Simply do not ask your boss what to do. In case your boss asks you to do it, simply do it! Smile and snigger. It is OK to have enjoyable.” —Karen Deutsch, Promoting Director

eight. “Once you’re going for a job, do your homework, be passionate, use any connections you have got, do nice follow-up and ask for the job. When you have got the job, have the next angle: set your sights excessive, be keen to work your hardest to succeed, keep out of workplace politics.” —Donna Kalajian Lagani, SVP/Publishing Director and Chief Income Officer

9. “Be told and be a fan. In immediately’s world there is no such thing as a cause to not have Googled the corporate and know a good quantity about it, with a number of key info you possibly can have up your sleeve — latest constructive press, new merchandise, milestones, and so on. And be admiring of one thing concerning the firm, even when it’s important to stretch it somewhat. I as soon as was interviewing somebody who instructed me she by no means learn Cosmo, and I used to be like, ‘Actually? Then why are we sitting right here?'” —Nicole L. Mills, Affiliate Writer, Advertising

10. “Do not fall prey to imposter syndrome. You have been employed to your job as a result of your boss thought you have been good and succesful. You are not simply fooling everybody. It is not only a matter of time earlier than you are discovered. It is regular to really feel occasional self-doubts, however it’s important to additionally remind your self that you just do know what you are doing, and if one thing goes past what you’ve got achieved prior to now, that is OK too. Be assured in your self.” —Lori Fradkin, Govt Options Editor, On-line


11. “A nasty work atmosphere is, in some ways, a self-fulfilling prophesy, so if a co-worker begins complaining about somebody or one thing happening at work, politely change the subject or excuse your self. Do not even enable your self to pay attention lengthy sufficient to know if you happen to agree with what she or he is saying. It does not matter. You have obtained work to do, and the much less time you spend complaining, the quicker you may get it achieved and the happier you may be.” —Charles Manning, Fashion Editor, On-line

12. “It is tempting to go the place the cash is early in your profession, however give attention to discovering a job you discover satisfying. You’ll be able to accomplish a lot extra while you get pleasure from what you do, and if you happen to’re obsessed with your job, the success and cash will comply with. It is tough, if not unimaginable, to shoehorn your happiness into an unfulfilling profession after the very fact. Do not be afraid to try to fail at issues which might be actually necessary to you. I do know that is simpler mentioned than achieved, however I used to be capable of recover from that concern once I realized it was extra satisfying to fail at one thing I liked than succeed at one thing I used to be ambivalent about. Attempt every thing that pursuits you even when it does not really feel just like the protected resolution.” —Frank Kobola, Intercourse and Relationships Author, On-line

13. “I used to be fortunate sufficient to satisfy my mentor in my first main gig out of school. This was my boss at The Restricted (the EVP of selling), Wanda Gierhart, who’s now the top of selling at Neiman Marcus. She all the time instructed me: ‘Work outdoors your job description.’ By doing that, I discovered about finance, retailer operations, visible merchandising, and so on., which gave me a extra well-rounded perspective when growing and executing advertising plans. From realizing their challenges, I might higher formulate a advertising plan and head off potential pitfalls.” —Kiersten Geiger, Senior Director, Particular Initiatives

14. “Greatest profession recommendation I ever obtained: At all times be the one to volunteer for something requested! This may make you stand out within the workforce and you can be seen as the last word workforce participant.” —Jenifer Geller, Govt Magnificence Director


15. “Be ready to interview the interviewer. For many entry positions, there’s not often a couple of or two interviews earlier than a choice is made. Keep in mind, it isn’t solely the employer’s resolution. It’s yours too. Making ready for an interview is a two-part course of — researching the corporate and getting ready to wow them and getting ready your personal questions so you’re making the best resolution for you. Additionally, if you’re not requested a query that will reveal one thing crucial to you touchdown the job, be sure to share that data. When the interviewer asks if in case you have any questions, say, “Properly, this is not a query, however it could be useful to know that…'” —Sue Katzen, Affiliate Writer

16. “Pay attention to who shares your work ethic and values and who makes you suppose in a different way. Even when these folks aren’t in your similar area, you wish to hold them near you. Construct your workforce of ‘good guys.’” —Victoria Joyce, Senior Built-in Promotions Supervisor

17. “No job/activity you are requested to do is just too small. Whether or not you are grabbing espresso to your boss or opening his or her mail, you are serving to that particular person, in order that she or he can get one thing else achieved — which, in flip, is contributing to the larger image. So do not complain if somebody asks you to do one thing you may not wish to. Plus, like Santa, your boss is all the time taking notes in your habits, so all the time act appropriately and professional (aka do not complain). Additionally, all the time ask. Should you do not ask, you do not get. If you need a elevate, promotion, to be placed on a undertaking, generally it’s important to put your self on the market and never be afraid. Your superior is not simply going to return to you and let you know they wish to offer you more cash or offer you an task — it’s important to be hungry, keen and a go-getter to get forward.” —Carly Cardellino, Magnificence Editor, On-line

18. “Once you apply for a job, embody your cowl letter within the physique of the e-mail. That outdated rule about attaching the duvet letter dates again to the times when folks have been printing stuff out and submitting it, however now it is annoying to open attachments! Do not run the danger that somebody will not trouble to open it. Simply impress them instantly!” —Elisa Benson, Senior Group Supervisor, On-line


19. “Promoting begins while you hear your first no. Take clever and daring dangers to perform one thing nice. Construct a community of mentors and colleagues that can assist you be smarter, faster, and extra adaptable. Take dangers on a breakout alternative. Keep ever-curious — complacency weighs you down. Rent folks smarter than you, with particular expertise, and result in make your components a cohesive complete. Pay attention. Know your viewers and skim them, be adaptable and honest.” —Lauren Finizio, Magnificence Supervisor

20. “It is okay to disagree or have a differing opinion about one thing together with your boss, simply specific it privately, not in an e-mail with a number of recipients or an office-wide assembly.” —Ann Wright, Copy Director

21. “My recommendation is to costume for the job you need, not the one you have got. Additionally, all the time ship handwritten thank-you notes after every interview and conclusion of an internship or job. That goes a good distance.” —Sarah Conly, Senior Market Editor

22. “Do not quit. Should you do not hear again from somebody, comply with up. If you do not get a job, ask why not and hold making use of. Do no matter it’s important to (inside cause and normalcy) to make one thing occur. I utilized to work at nymag.com 3 times and obtained it the third time as a result of I took a break and spent six months commenting on every thing on the positioning underneath my identify, in order that they’d know I used to be good, humorous, and knowledgeable.” —Alexandra Martell, Managing Editor, On-line

23. “Ask questions and do not suppose you are being annoying by doing so. Should you come throughout an task that you just’re unclear about, ask inquiries to be 100 p.c positive that you just’re finishing issues within the correct method. It’s going to prevent from probably making a mistake, and your boss would a lot somewhat you be upfront about your confusion than full one thing improper and having to return and redo it.” —Courtney Connley, Editorial Manufacturing Assistant, On-line

24. “Whether or not you are an assistant or an exec, your main job will ALWAYS be to make your boss’s life simpler. Should you make their life simpler (whether or not that is by innovating nice issues or anticipating when they need their espresso or just being on high of deadlines and never making them chase you down), they will battle to maintain you and aid you succeed. You are golden. Should you make their life tougher, you are expendable (or worse, on the chopping block). And if you happen to work for your self, your principal job is to make your purchasers’ or customers’ lives simpler. Should you make their lives tougher, they will not be shopping for no matter it’s you are promoting.” —Marina Khidekel, Deputy Editor


25. “My recommendation could be to not be so linear about your profession path. Being very linear might look like you are centered — and that is an excellent factor! — but it surely retains you slim and may set you up for disappointment if issues do not go in line with plan. Should you’re versatile — and also you’re keen to zig and zag — you may spot new alternatives and develop strengths and pursuits you did not even know you had. Plus, it is simply plain thrilling. One other piece of recommendation: do not confuse iciness for professionalism or expertise. They don’t seem to be the identical factor.” —Jessica Matlin, Deputy Magnificence Editor

26. “Deal with each task as the most important of your profession. My reporting professor instructed me this my sophomore 12 months of school, and ever since then, I’ve stored his phrases in thoughts — even once I was getting espresso for editors and making copies till 11 at night time. Anybody can nail the most important initiatives if she places sufficient effort and time into them — however as in most issues, it is the little issues that set you other than everybody else. Apart from, you by no means know who’s paying consideration. Give every thing your all, and you will get all of it again.” —Marissa Gainsburg, Copy Editor 

27. “If I might give any profession recommendation (on the ripe outdated age of 22), it could be to really do your pre-interview analysis. I might had it drilled into my head earlier than graduating that this was one of the necessary components of interviewing and networking. Skimming a web site or rapidly Wiki-ing an organization 5 minutes earlier than an interview isn’t useful. At 4 of the eight interviews I had earlier than getting this glorious job, I used to be grilled by my potential employer on how I felt about very particular applications/facets/histories of the corporate. Additionally, ALWAYS HAVE QUESTIONS!” —Tess Koman, Editorial Assistant, On-line

28. “The one kind of recommendation I ever obtained was kind of that I ought to change my main in faculty and hope for an additional profession as a result of I might by no means have one as a photographer, particularly in publishing. I used to be instructed this by lots of people. I additionally did not go to a elaborate college and did not do any internships till after faculty (all of my courses every semester have been just about every five-hour studio courses). I did not hearken to anybody’s non-advice, and that will be my recommendation. Go together with your intestine, make it occur and get what you need as a result of you are able to do it if you happen to work for it.” —Kathleen Kamphausen, Digital Photograph Editor

29. “Once I first moved to New York I met with Wendy Naugle, who’s the manager editor of Glamour and a Drake alum (which is how I obtained the assembly within the first place). She instructed me three issues that basically caught with me: (1) Should you’re the kind of one that will transfer to New York with out a job or a spot to reside, you are the kind of one that might be profitable in New York. At any time when I doubt myself or really feel overwhelmed, that all the time comforts me. (2) Copy your bosses. Copy their studying habits and their time administration habits and … every thing. Inside cause. (three) Develop into the professional at one thing. That is particularly good if you happen to work in media, however I feel it really works anyplace. Her instance was that when she was beginning out she was an assistant who did not write in any respect however she needed to write down about well being, so she subscribed to all the large medical journals and was on high of well being information. She ultimately grew to become her boss’s go-to for well being information and began running a blog about it.” —Emma Barker, Intercourse and Relationships Editor, On-line

30. “Do not act entitled. Entitled folks begin at a job and suppose they’re above doing menial issues that have to get achieved to ensure that a company’s wheels to spin. It is best to by no means go right into a job with this angle, and it’s best to by no means be above doing any activity. Even while you’re working your personal firm and ruling the world, if you must make copies or ship faxes or stability a price range or do the rest that’s technically ‘not a part of your job,’ it’s best to all the time be keen to do it. Profitable folks roll up their sleeves and do the grunt work after everybody else goes house. Should you begin at a job or an internship with the angle that you just’re too proficient to do the grunt work and must be doing what your bosses are doing, it’s going to present and your superiors will not such as you. An excellent angle and a want to please and earn next-level alternatives goes a good distance.” —Amy Odell, Editor, On-line

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