Category: Women at Work

October 10, 2011

You Gotta Have Friends! (Or Do You?)

In this blog, we recently discussed the importance of developing friendships at work -- and the findings of researcher Shawn Achor, who says that having friends at work can increase your chances of promotion and career success.

So we asked site visitors, "How important to you is developing friendships with your coworkers?" And here's what they had to say:

8%  ... Extremely: I have to make friends with my coworkers.
31% ... Very: Friendships make work a lot more pleasant.
44% ... Somewhat: It's nice to have friends at work, but I don't force it.
11% ... A little: I don't usually socialize with coworkers.
6%  ... Not at all: Don't bother me, I'm working!

So it seems that the experts are a bit keener on work friendships than the average person. If you're feeling iffy about making friends at work, keep in mind that in most workplaces getting ahead isn't just about doing great work -- it's also about being well liked.

By the same token, it's also important to remember that a workplace friendship gone sour can have far-reaching repercussions. For more tips, read "Workplace Friendships: Asset or Liability?"

How do you feel about friendships at work? Let us know in the Comments section, or find us on Twitter to share your thoughts.


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 10, 2011 at 01:27 PM in Networking , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

September 21, 2011

Mario Batali Hires New Media Production Coordinator through

Mario Maynard, Mass., September 21, 2011

World-renowned chef and restaurateur Mario Batali announced that he has hired Drea Bernardi as his new Media Production Coordinator through,the leading job-matching engine and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW).

Successfully finding great candidates for a high-profile employer dramatizes how companies can meet their talent goals with innovative recruiting solutions to find the proverbial "needle in a haystack." Monster developed a strategy for Batali's new position that attracted over 1 million job views and nearly 50,000 resumes from multiple talent sources in 55 days, and then the "perfect fit" was identified through Monster’s award-winning 6Sense search technology.

"When I met Drea, I realized she was such a good fit that it's almost as if the job description was written just for her," said Batali, referring to the position that called for a candidate who wanted to break into new media; had a shared passion for food, wine, and travel; and spoke Italian. "I'm impressed that found me the perfect match for this job, no small feat considering the massive amount of resumes they needed to sift through for this position."

Even an exciting opportunity such as Batali's new position requires more than any one tactic to reach a robust group of relevant candidates. Monster used its Career Ad Network to attract candidates with an interest in Batali's trifecta of food, Italy, and media. Social media, CRM, and online branding rounded out the recruiting strategy. Then came the challenge of filtering through tens of thousands of resumes. To accomplish this, the Mergis Group used Monster’s 6Sense semantic search technology to find the top 50 best-matched candidates for the job. Candidates were then evaluated and narrowed down to the final five applicants who Batali personally interviewed before making his final selection.

"We are thrilled to have found Mario the perfect hire for the position," said Ted Gilvar, EVP and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Monster. "This is an illustration of how our 6Sense technology not only improves the efficiency of hiring, but finds people with amazing experience and qualifications. We found an Italian-speaking, food-loving New Yorker who lived in Venice, degreed in Mass Media with a concentration in production, with experience at producing cooking content. Now that's precision."

In her new role, Bernardi will aid Mario Batali in all activities relating to upcoming media (TV) and new media (Web-based) projects. She will get the exciting opportunity to work side-by-side with Mario Batali and his team, assisting in all aspects of production including research, logistics, and frequent travel -- and in the process, she will be learning from a visionary talent.

"I've always admired Mario Batali and want to thank for helping me land my dream job," said Bernardi, the new Media Production Coordinator with Mario Batali. "This is exactly what I wanted to be doing with my career, and I am eager to get started with Mario."

This newest Cool Job example with Mario Batali comes on the heels of's collaboration with Aflac to help search for a new voice for the famous Aflac Duck.  Monster previously worked with popchips and their President of Pop Culture, Ashton Kutcher, to find a VP of Pop Culture and also used its 6Sense technology to help Alicia Keys find a head blogger. 

Get career advice from Mario Batali in "A Recipe to a Happy Life: Finding Your Truth."

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 21, 2011 at 02:16 PM in Current Events , Food and Drink , Job Search , New Media , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 09, 2011

"You're Fired" -- Now What?

The dismissal of Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz made news this week -- not only because she was a very visible chief executive at a huge and influential company, but also because of the way Bartz handled her firing -- in a brief email to the company that reportedly said:

I am very sad to tell you that I have just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with you, and I wish you all the best going forward.

Career experts have been divided on the appropriateness of this two-sentence email -- perhaps because the two sentences are very different. The first second is a pretty clear jab at person who did the firing (over the phone). The second sentence is an appropriate and professional farewell to her former colleagues.

So what's the appropriate response when you've just been fired? Of course, it can be a huge blow, but it's important to make sure you act thoughtfully -- so you don't do something you'll regret later. For most of us, that would mean waiting before sending a company-wide email.

For more tips, read:

"You Just Got Fired, Now What?"

"Fire Up Your Post-Firing Job Search"

"How Do I Explain Getting Fired?"

What do you think about Bartz's firing, and about her response? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.



Posted by Charles Purdy on September 9, 2011 at 05:16 PM in Career Development , Current Affairs , Job Search , Networking , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

March 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning for Your Career

With spring comes spring cleaning—and we're not talking just about mopping behind the refrigerator or clearing junk out of the garage. You can take advantage of the energy boost that comes with longer days in another way: by cleaning up your career or job search. We asked Lisa Quast—a certified executive coach, the author of “Your Career, Your Way," and the founder of Career Woman, Inc.—to share some tips:

Monster Blog: What's some "dirt" that a person may need to remove from his or her career or job search?

Lisa Quast: Rid yourself of outdated clothes, hairstyles, and make-up. Always dress for the position you want, not necessarily the one you have.

Detox your brain by getting rid of negativity. Start spring with a fresh, positive outlook that says, "Yes, I can accomplish my career dreams!"

Stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an internal consultant. Begin demonstrating to higher-ups how much value you add to the company.

MB: What new tools and products should people be using, and how?

LQ: Brush up on your social networking skills, and build professional and personal support networks to gain job referrals.

Take advantage of company-sponsored training programs to learn new skills and increase your value in the workplace.

Use the Internet and discussion boards to find out everything you can about a company before you interview there. Company websites are a great tool—but, after all, they were created to make the company look good, so take the time to research additional sources for information about the company. Good places to locate company information include Hoover’s Online, Vault, WetFeet, and Dow Jones Factiva.

MB: What steps should a job seeker take to polish up his or her online image?

LQ: Make yourself shine by getting a professional portrait taken, and then use it for networking sites (or for your company’s employee directory).

Clean up your resume. Update it each spring and have at least two people review it and provide feedback for improvement. After all, your resume is the best advertisement for your product: you!

Scrub your personal profiles on all social networking sites to ensure that you look professional online. Un-tag yourself from any pictures showing you in compromising or unprofessional situations.

Be prepared: Use search engines to find out what comes up when you type in your name, and then seek out and repair any damage to your online image. You should always be aware of what hiring managers are finding when they search for you online.

* For more practical tips, check out "Make a Fresh Start This Spring."

Quast A sought-after career development expert, Lisa Quast is quoted regularly appear in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, NY Daily News,, and, and she frequently contributes career articles to and

Posted by Charles Purdy on March 21, 2011 at 07:39 PM in Career Development , Job Search , Networking , Resume , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

October 05, 2010

What Not to Wear to Work

We recently engaged in a lively discussion, via Twitter, about the worst workplace style faux pas our followers had ever seen.

And what was the most common "worst," according to our tweeps? Skin--that is, too much of it.

It seems that a lot of people our there are just too sexy for their jobs, in the eyes of their coworkers. @PamelaMMcBride complained about "skirts that are inappropriately short for anywhere, let alone the workplace." And we don't know where @PattiA99 works, but if the "see-through clothing" she's seeing is out of place, we can be sure it's not at a lingerie retailer.

And that's not all--we heard about "glittery halter tops" and dominatrix gear, too. So what's going on?

Perhaps the line between work and play has gotten blurred. Etiquette expert Lisa Mirza Grotts, founder of the AML Group, advises, "At work, the focus should be on one's brain, versus bustier or backside. Etiquette in the workplace is very much 'industry specific.' If, for example, you work for [a casual fashion retailer], jeans and T-shirts may be the norm. At a law firm, think navy blue and white. Overall, no matter your career choice, leave the short skirts for evening (unless you're a stripper)."

We heard about people who'd stretched the definition of "casual" to include sleepwear--for instance, a female who "wears a man's robe" around the office when she's cold. And of course we heard from many people who think flip-flops are out of place in a professional setting. (How can they be so ubiquitous yet so despised?)

People should be careful about wearing "playtime" clothes like flip-flops and shorts to the office, according to image consultant Sherry Maysonave, the author of "Casual Power: How to Power Up Your Nonverbal Communication and Dress Down for Success." She adds, "It's like their goals go on vacation." (Read more advice from Maysonave and others, in "What Not to Wear to Work" on Monster+Hot Jobs.)

Mirza Grotts adds, "Now more than ever, we live in a competitive world. Jobs are few and far between, so put your best foot forward--but not with a pair of stilettos!" (Or, we might add, flip-flops.)

(Get more workplace style advice--read "Dress Appropriately for Interviews," and check out the video series "How to Wear It" from Jones New York for more office style tips.)

Posted by Charles Purdy on October 5, 2010 at 01:53 PM in Interview , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

September 20, 2010

Work Wisdom for Women

Jones New York has recently posted an online book you've got to check out. Called "The Little Black Book of Career Advice," it's a collection of career advice, wisdom, and humor from more than 100 of the world's most influential and interesting women. (But you don't have to be a woman to benefit from the great advice here.)

With a forward by Dee Dee Myers, a former White House press secretary and the author of "Why Women Should Rule the World," this collection provides not only pithy aphorisms and words of encouragement, but also these women's empowering, true stories of success--in their own words.

Find out what Sandra Bernhard thinks is the key to joy in life, which qualities Arianna Huffington is trying to instill in her daughters, and what life lessons Donna Brazile draws from cooking. From CEOs and inventors to world-famous artists, the women here offer a wide variety of perspectives--share "The Little Black Book of Career Advice" with friends and colleagues whenever they need words of encouragement.

We're also partnering with Jones New York to promote its "How to Wear It" series--it's got a walk-in closet's worth of great advice on workplace style. And we want to hear your tips on dressing for success. Send a tweet with the hashtag #monsterstyle; we'll be collecting the top tweets and publishing them in an upcoming blog post.

You may also want to check out this collection of stories about dressing for success at a job interview.

Posted by Charles Purdy on September 20, 2010 at 02:27 PM in Career Development , Interview , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

December 15, 2009

Best of the Best Work-Related Lists of 2009

Before we collectively bid farewell to this economically tumultuous year, let's reflect on some of the good aspects of 2009. Like these "best of" lists that impact the working world.


Fortune's Best 100 Companies to Work For


The big news on the list this year was that Google lost its spot at number 1, replaced by NetApp. Here are the list's top 5 best companies to work for:


1.    NetApp

2.    Edward Jones

3.    Boston Consulting

4.    Google

5.    Wegmans


Best Jobs in America


This is Money and's list of the top jobs in America based on pay and projected job growth over the next 10 years. Sadly for me, none of the top 50 careers have to do with blogging or Web content, but I still love what I do…. Here are the top 5:


1.    Systems engineer

2.    Physician assistant

3.    College professor

4.    Nurse practitioner

5.    Information technology project manager


Best Places to Launch a Career


BusinessWeek's list looks at the best employers for entry-level workers, based on surveys of career services directors, employers and undergrads. Once again, here is the top 5:


1.    Deloitte

2.    Ernst & Young

3.    PricewaterhouseCoopers

4.    KPMG

5.    US State Department


The Best Places for Businesses and Careers


This list comes from Forbes and examines the cost of doing business, cost of living, crime rates, projected income, job growth and more. (They also have a list of the best small places for businesses and careers if you're not looking to live in a bigger metropolitan area.)


1.    Raleigh, North Carolina

2.    Fort Collins, Colorado

3.    Durham, North Carolina

4.    Fayetteville, Arizona

5.    Lincoln, Nebraska


25 Best Places to Retire


And if you've had enough of the working life -- and more importantly, have the luxury not to work, Money magazine offers you this list, too. The top 5:


1.    Port Charlotte, Florida

2.    Palm Springs, California

3.    Traverse City, Michigan

4.    Pinehurst, North Carolina

5.    Surprise, Arizona


Working Mother's 100 Best Companies


Working Mother chooses its list of best companies based on employers' family-friendliness. Each company offers its own brand of perks and flexibilities and the magazine does not rank them, so take a look at the list in its entirety as well as the Hall of Fame. It just didn't seem right to single out a few.


Do you have any best of lists of your own this year? Go ahead and share them on our blog.



Posted by Norma on December 15, 2009 at 10:53 AM in Current Events , Job Search , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

September 10, 2009

Juggling Motherhood and the Full-Time Job of Finding Work

The recent holiday weekend was a good milestone to assess how far I've come in my job search as well as bringing me to a turning, semi-crisis point. My young sons’ caregiver is returning to university in her country now that her year as an au pair is done here. Having paid all of her fees last year while I was still employed, it made sense to keep her engaged for her manageable weekly pay until the end of the summer. So I've had to make a number of choices and arrangements to manage child care and my full-fledged job search going forward. Nonetheless, I am rather stressed and conflicted despite the logic I applied to the choices.


I've decided to take a bit of a hiatus in my job search for just 2 weeks until my mother, bless her, is able to pitch in with child care for 4 weeks. So for the next 10 business days, my job search work will be conducted only during the hours the boys sleep, as I'll be their daytime caregiver. Within those 10 days, I have one all-day teaching gig, so I planned ahead and have spliced together 2 friends for kiddie coverage.


A few other retired teacher friends are willing to pitch in some hours here and there should I get an interview scheduled, which is likely given several screenings from before the long weekend. Even for a scheduled phone interview, I'll need peace and quiet and someone to watch the boys. I've put some friends on notice and hope to be able to give them ample time, but I don't want to wait to schedule an interview. I need to be viewed as an employee who is not burdened with single-parent concerns as it may unwittingly put a slight prejudice against my candidacy for a position, so I need keep my child-care concerns out of a potential employer’s view. I want to be the best possible candidate without the small "but" coming up during key stakeholder conversations for a job offer.


While I have the essential job search obligations covered while I’m caring for Owen and Evan, I am distressed at the number of networking events I will need to pass on. For example, my local project management chapter is having its kick-off for the year this week, and it is a fabulously well-attended networking event with up to 200 folks and a great deal of interest from local employers. I'm also missing out on the Marketing & Martini Mixer featuring Speed Networking from the greater metro area marketing group. That is a really cool one, but it has an undefined ROI for me as well as a two-hour plus drive. On a much smaller scale, I’ll be missing out on two local job-hunting groups that offer seminars and tips. It seems everyone kicks off events, right after Labor Day, but I don't feel I can cash in all my friends' good will by also using them for these "nice-to-do" job events.


For 3 out of 4 of these events, I will be able to sound out a few of my fellow job seeker friends and get their reports back. But it is just not the same as being there in person. Fortunately, it is only a two-week gap in my job search, and the night hours are great for online networking and follow-ups. Then with my mother's help full-time, I'll be able to arrange my job searching days as I had with my au pair. To give my mother and myself a small break, I've managed to find a nice young college student with licensed day care center experience. She'll be able to take care of the boys for 10 hours a week at a very reasonable fee but already has another job.


So far, my planning seems like a crazy patchwork quilt, but it is all with people my sons know and trust. Additionally, my mother and friends all understand and fully support my main educational points for my sons in addition to any structured preschool coming down the pike. So it is reassuring to have consistency in that regard as well.


When my mother leaves in 6 weeks, I'll have planned my next steps for kiddie coverage. As they say, one day at a time. And who knows? I might land a decent position with on-site day care that won't bankrupt me or my sons’ college educations.


Do you have any personal dilemmas such as child, elder or other care that impacts your job search? How do you address those challenges?


For more tips on balancing work and family obligations, check out these articles:


* "Tips for Working Mothers"

* "Manage Work and a Family Crisis"

* "How to Get a Flexible Schedule"

* "The Sandwich Generation Balances Children and Elderly Parents"


Posted by Jane Allerton on September 10, 2009 at 10:48 AM in Interview , Job Search , Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

July 15, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s Lessons for Working Women

“Iron my shirt.”

Yes, a man actually said that to Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop. It’s huge that she made it as far in the 2008 presidential campaign as she did, but as that barb and this MSNBC article point out (which contains photographic proof of the ironing remark), her historic campaign revealed that, as far as working women have come in the workplace, a lot more work needs to be done.

Says the article:

(Mary) Gatta (director of work force policy and research at Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work) thinks one very positive thing to come from Clinton’s campaign is that working women saw that the kind of things they experience in the workplace -- whether it is overtly sexist jokes or more subtle barbs -- are also experienced even by a woman at the highest career levels.

“I think women related to Hillary on that, that in their own lives they’ve experienced different degrees of sexism,” she said.

As a working woman, I know I face different issues in the workplace than my husband, brother or father do. And while overt name-calling is usually not part of the workplace, sexism can be more covert. The article goes on to say:

Gatta thinks Clinton’s campaign highlighted the more subtle ways in which women are undermined in the workplace. For example, Clinton was often referred to by her first, rather than her last, name -- the same thing that often happened to Carly Fiorina during her tumultuous tenure as head of Hewlett-Packard. Gatta, who has the same experience herself sometimes, thinks that can be a way of taking a woman less seriously.

And then there are the stone-cold facts. Women still earn less than men. The MSNBC article refers to a report by women’s advocacy group the InterOrganization Network that shows 14.8 percent of board seats in Fortune 500 companies are held by women, while 11.8 percent of Fortune 500 companies have all-male boards. And then there’s the gender stereotyping -- that a woman needs to act (and dress) like a man to get ahead. Remember the bugaboo over Clinton’s cleavage? Do you think McCain or Obama wearing a certain suit or tie would have made such headlines?

Clinton’s strength as a working woman was shown in the graciousness of her defeat. She fought hard, but when winning became impossible, she joined with her former rival Obama in the name of party unity -- symbolically, in the town of Unity, New Hampshire. Such grace and class are a credit to her gender. If women could unite and fight for complete equality in the workplace, imagine what we could accomplish?

For more on what you can learn about your own job search from the 2008 presidential campaign, check out this article. And here are more resources about working women:

Posted by Christine on July 15, 2008 at 11:44 AM in Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

May 08, 2008

How Becoming a Working Mom Has Changed Me

After years of reading about issues facing working mothers, at the beginning of April I became one myself. It’s not an easy job, working and raising a family. So with Mother’s Day this month, I starting thinking about how being a working mother has transformed the way I live and work.

Becoming a mom, and especially a working one, has made me a morning person, like it or not. I no longer just roll out of bed and go to work. I need to get another little person up, changed and out the door.

The work that goes along with motherhood, coupled with the demands of my job, can really tire me out -- now I understand Thad’s post about his exhaustion from a few years ago. It’s been important (and not easy) for me to put my pride aside and ask for help when I need it, whether it be from my husband, my mother-in-law or my own mom.

As every parent knows, raising a child is not a 9-to-5 job. When my son is up in the night, the next day at work can be difficult. I’ve learned to live on fractured sleep, naps when I can take them and caffeine.

Having a child has also changed the way I work. Knowing my workday could be pierced by a call saying my son is sick and needs to be picked up (it hasn’t happened yet, but it’s only a matter of time), I’ve learned to triage the tasks I can only do in the office first. It’s also made me more efficient time-wise -- not only do I work a compressed schedule, but I have a hard stop at the end of every day, since my son needs to be picked up.

Finally, and most importantly, I think becoming a mom, and particularly a working one, has put my career in balance and perspective for me. My job is still important, sure, but so is being there for my son. He’s one of the main reasons I work, after all.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms -- we all work, whether we have a job outside the home or not. And feel free to tell us about your experience of being a working mom in the comments below.

Posted by Christine on May 8, 2008 at 09:14 AM in Women at Work | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)