9 Brilliant Career Bloggers You Should Start Following ASAP
There’s no doubt about it, navigating your career path can be complex. Whether you’re looking for a job straight outta college, digging yourself out of student loan debt or trying to jump on the right opportunities (even if that means accepting a job you don’t really want), there’s never a shortage of questions that come up when you’re tackling something for the first time. While friends can dish awesome advice, we love following top-notch career experts for tried and true tips about all things work. Read on for a list of nine super smart bloggers we recommend you start keeping up with ASAP.
1. Marie Forleo: The brilliant brain behind B-School, Marie has championed a digital movement while educating thousands of women who have become brazen careerists and business owners. As if that wasn’t reason enough to follow along, even Oprah has named her a thought leader.
2. Jill Ozovek: Jill is the best source for advice on finding everyday balance and focus. A career coach living in NYC, her posts cover tough to tackle topics like how to tell if your prospective boss is a jerk and how to stay focused when your mind is elsewhere. Her blog is designed to help you identify and land your dream job.
3. Lindsay Pollak: We LOVE how Lindsay has positioned herself as a millennial workplace expert, and her perspective has helped millennials and companies understand how to work best together. Scroll through her posts for skills that every young professional needs to learn, like how to work with your friends.
4. The Branding Muse: If branding is an art, Emmelie De La Cruz is a talented artist. We love her tips for social media and personal positioning online, which are especially helpful if you’re looking to up your digital cred or build a personal website.
5. Life After College: Jenny Blake chronicles the transition from college to the professional world. Follow along for advice about selling yourself with little experience, landing the gig and how to cut yourself some slack during a job search. We think you’ll love her mission to help people “wake up, live big and love the journey.”
6. Penelope Trunk: A longtime fave read, Penelope writes from the perspective of a four-time successful startup founder. We love her productivity and management tips, along with her online course offerings that cover everything from entrepreneurship to blogging. Plus, she shares some educational personal stuff too, namely her first-hand experience with Asperger’s syndrome, which she and her son live with.
7. The Office Blend: Dr. Marla Gottschalk is the lone psychologist to land a spot on our list! An expert in workplace success and organizational change, we’ve found that her articles about work and life especially resonate during challenging times. Leap over the hurdles with her science-backed suggestions.
8. Ask a Manager: Alison Green’s site can suck us in for hours! Her smart blog posts on topics like work jerks, layoffs and good management are both educational and inspirational — the magic mix of what every careerist needs to succeed. Looking for something specific? Submit a question for her next Q&A post!
9. Brooklyn Resume Studio: Though Dana Leavy-Detrick’s site is home to her professional career services, the corresponding blog she writes is fabulous and should not be missed. Reference it for all things related to resume and cover letter writing, while taking in extra tips that are sure to help you shine when submitting a job app or interviewing.
Which blogs have helped you with your work or career? Share them with us on Twitter @BritandCo!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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