The Muse Founder Kathryn Minshew On How To Find A Meaningful Career

The Muse Founder Kathryn Minshew On How To Find A Meaningful Career

As co-founder of the popular career website, The Muse, Kathryn Minshew is deeply immersed in the career advice space. While tips and tricks can be helpful, the thing she wishes we talked about more is how deeply personal careers are.

It’s tempting to believe “there are such things as good jobs and bad jobs, good companies and bad companies,” Minshew explains. Lists like ‘100 Best Places to Work’ oversimplify what it means to be a good employer. And they completely overlook the nuanced combination of qualities that make a company the right fit for you.

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Overcome A Negotiation Impasse With This One Question

Overcome A Negotiation Impasse With This One Question

You know those moments when you’re at a dead end in a conversation with your boss, partner or airline customer service rep? Whether it’s explicitly stated or not, your counterpart is saying, “There’s nothing more I can do,” or “This conversation is over,” but you’re not ready to throw in the towel.

I’ve hit many such roadblocks recently. Over the last week, I’ve been booked on a total of 16 flights trying to fly to and from two (2!) client events. While my travel karma is usually excellent, I found myself negotiating with many an airline employee due to weather delays, unrealistically tight connections, and a particularly embarrassing personal first – waking up 30 minutes after my early morning flight departed.

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Venture Capitalist Jillian Manus On 'The Pitch' And Why She Abhors 'Shark Tank'

Venture Capitalist Jillian Manus On 'The Pitch' And Why She Abhors 'Shark Tank'

Jillian Manus is something of a legend in the world of venture capitalists, and I can see why. Based on my time with her, she's exceedingly insightful, candid as hell, and downright hilarious.

Professionally, she's a managing partner at Structure Capital, a Silicon Valley early-stage venture capital firm, where she provides strategic support to founding teams, focusing on creating value in underutilized assets and excess capacity.

Photo curtesy of Gimlet Media

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Try This Mental Trick To Manage Impostor Syndrome

Try This Mental Trick To Manage Impostor Syndrome

Know that needling feeling at the back of your mind that you’re a fake, your success was good luck or an accident, and soon (maybe today!) everyone will discover your secret? Impostor syndrome is all too common among high-achieving women.

Actress Jodie Foster summed it up nicely, “When I won the Oscar, I thought it was a fluke. I thought everybody would find out, and they’d take it back. They’d come to my house, knocking on the door, ‘Excuse me, we meant to give that to someone else. That was going to Meryl Streep.’“

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3 Easy-to-use Templates And Strategies For Effective Networking

3 Easy-to-use Templates And Strategies For Effective Networking

We constantly hear networking is important, but women can face negative consequences for perceived self-promotion. Plus, it can feel downright uncomfortable to make requests of your professional contacts, asking them to introduce you to others. Here are the strategies and templates I use to make e-introductions less painful and more effective for everyone involved.

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Being A Good Student Doesn't Always Lead To Professional Success, Here's Why

Being A Good Student Doesn't Always Lead To Professional Success, Here's Why

It was mid-afternoon when I got the email accepting my very first piece for publication. The email indicated they’d be paying me far more than I expected and asked me to make six fairly substantive changes to my piece…by the following morning.

I was so elated, I didn’t consider how long the edits would take or how full my afternoon already was. Instead, I responded enthusiastically, yes of course I will make all the changes right away!

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3 Strategies To Accept Positive Feedback And Own Your Successes

3 Strategies To Accept Positive Feedback And Own Your Successes

In planning a group trip to an exhibit that my friend curated, I sent her a draft email describing her as “the superstar curator who hand-selected each piece.”

Let's call this call this curator friend Cynthia. Cynthia wrote back, “Two other curators worked with me on this (and may join us!), so I can’t take full credit.” She asked that I instead reference her with the significantly less exciting descriptor, “one of the curators of this exhibition." She was understandably hesitant to get all the credit and wanted to make clear that there were other people involved with the exhibition. While accurate, the new version was far less descriptive and complimentary than what I’d suggested.

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When Negotiating At Work, This May Matter More Than Salary

When Negotiating At Work, This May Matter More Than Salary

We’re taught to prioritize salary negotiations, but often overlook negotiating aspects of our work that will have a greater impact day-to-day. While salary is important, after you reach a certain point in your income, another couple thousand dollars per year amounts to a pretty small increase on each paycheck.

I recently asked a group of clients and friends about the benefits and perks they valued most.

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Before You Accept A Job Offer, Try Saying This

Before You Accept A Job Offer, Try Saying This

In that moment when you finally get the job offer, it can be tempting to cheer, “Yessssss! When can I start?” before you’ve had a chance to take a breath. But no matter how much you’re jumping up and down or ready to launch the confetti, resist the urge to say yes to the offer right away.

There’s no better time to negotiate with an employer than before you’ve accepted the offer. But whether or not you decide to negotiate, hitting pause before you accept will help ensure you’re set up for success in this new position.

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Try This Fun Strategy To Get Unstuck At Work

Try This Fun Strategy To Get Unstuck At Work

I recently attended a figure drawing class as a form of professional development. I took it not because I aspire to draw naked ladies for a living (though that would be fun), but specifically because I'm not an artist.

Prior to signing up, I’d been grappling with the inner critic in my professional life. As I’ve seen with many of my female clients, too often I was hearing that critical voice in my head. It told me that, despite professional successes, I wasn’t good enough, that there were experts who knew more and that I needed to try harder. I knew from experience that hearing this voice on repeat was a form of perfectionism.

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Looking For A Mentor? Try Gimlet Media's 'StartUp' Podcast

Looking For A Mentor? Try Gimlet Media's 'StartUp' Podcast

“Any time you feel a pit in your stomach, pull out your phone and record the moment.” That’s the request Lisa Chow, co-host of the podcast StartUp, made to the founders of the company she followed in the show’s second season.

According to Chow, StartUp “Delves deeply into people’s feelings about the ups and downs of starting, running, and managing a business.” The result is exceedingly compelling. As a business owner myself, it’s also cathartic – I call the StartUp podcast the ultimate mentor and therapy for entrepreneurs.

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How One Woman Avoided The Salary History Question, Increasing Her Income By 30%

How One Woman Avoided The Salary History Question, Increasing Her Income By 30%

When Sasha hired me to work with her, she said she had never negotiated a salary and was woefully underpaid in her current position. She was in the midst of the interview process and, fortunately, they hadn’t yet discussed compensation.

Sasha knew how the salary history question can perpetuate the wage gap. She also recognized that if she disclosed her current salary, she’d be at a particularly large disadvantage. In addition to being underpaid in her current role, the job she was applying for was a significant increase in responsibility, in a much larger market and in a different industry.

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3 Steps To Successfully Self-Promote (Without Feeling Gross)

3 Steps To Successfully Self-Promote (Without Feeling Gross)

When the news came out that I was going to receive an award, a friend sent me the following text, “I’m simultaneously so proud and also seething with jealousy. Congrats!!” Her tongue in cheek comment gave voice to a sentiment I picked up on from several female friends.

This particularly sassy friend called it jealousy, but it didn’t feel negative or resentful. It was more like genuine happiness at my success, a curiosity about how I’d made it happen and a hope that they might be honored similarly one day as well.

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