Make the Right Career Move teaches the skills, tools, and branding to
make all the right career moves, whether your focus is finding a new
job, moving up to a better job, or making your current job better. It
makes job search and self-promotion smarter, helping readers land
their dream job and realize the benefits of a better job faster. It's
a career guide that belongs in the hand of every executive, attorney
or professional - or any ambitious job-seeker, from new graduates to
While the title of this article overstates the case, it attempts to redress a major problem and imbalance that interferes with career success: namely, that many women lawyers pour everything into their jobs to the exclusion of managing their careers. I have worked with hundreds of women lawyers in virtually every specialty, level and geography, and I have personally out-placed scores of women who mistakenly assumed that keeping their heads down and working hard would be enough to assure their success and security. What follows are three simple and non-time-consuming steps to begin to rectify this imbalance and put women lawyers in active control of their careers: create a simple career plan, ask someone who does something well (that you want/need to do better), and pursue feedback, especially negative feedback.
Creating any kind of change in your career can seem daunting, but following these five easy steps can simplify the process and empower you to create the desired change: (1) Take small steps to make big(ger) changes over time; (2) use a simple three-sentence career plan to guide your activities; (3) keep an accomplishment log to record quantified accomplishments on a daily or weekly basis; (4) calendar in small steps to further your career goals; and (5) remember that this slow-but-steady approach will give you the time and confidence to create and maintain the career change you want.
This article covers six tips from women corporate executives and board members about how to get on corporate boards: (1) create a career plan; (2) seek opportunities to run anything; (3) build specialized expertise in a function, industry, or body of knowledge; (4) build financial knowledge; (5) build a strong network; and (6) serve on non-profit boards and develop relationships with board search firms, based on interviews with women corporate executives and board members, as well as board search consultants, including one male search consultant. Following these practical tips from those who have successfully earned a board seat or helped others earn one is a strong way to boost the chances of earning a board seat.
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