Category: The Muse

The Simple Change Managers Should Make if They Want to Give Everyone an Equal Shot

Women, especially women of color, are far more likely than white men to say they’re stuck doing “office housework” and that they’re not getting an equal chance to take on “glamour work” that could impress their bosses. Instead of asking for volunteers, managers should assign tasks strategically. Read Complete Article

Every Question You Have About Throwing an Office Baby Shower (But Feel Stupid Asking)

Your colleague just announced their wife is pregnant, or your teammate is several weeks from going on maternity leave. What’s the protocol around throwing an office baby shower? We talked to several working parents and employees who’ve thrown one before to get the details. Read Complete Article

How to Deal When You and Your Significant Other Are Both Struggling in Your Careers

Unemployment or changing jobs or being stuck in a career rut is stressful no matter how you look at it, but when you multiply it by two, it can really take a toll on you and your relationship. Here’s how to survive this tough time and come out a stronger […]

This Is How I Went From Working on Dictionaries to Working in Tech

Erin McKean is a developer advocate at IBM. But before she landed her job in tech, she was a lexicographer—researching and writing for dictionaries. Here’s how she made the switch, how her skills transferred over to her current field, and a little more about her side gig, Wordnik. Read Complete […]

3 Job Search Lessons I Didn’t Learn Until I Started Interviewing Candidates

When I interviewed for my current role, I was a nervous wreck. Fast forward two years and suddenly I found myself on the other side of the table as we started the process to hire a new editor. And being in that position confirmed a few big things about succeeding […]

3 Polite Ways to End That Networking Conversation (That Don’t Involve Obvious Excuses)

There’s so much talk about how to start a networking conversation, but not a lot of advice on how to end one. If you’re tired of the awkward goodbyes and the fake excuses to escape that discussion, here are three better ways to end that networking exchange—and still make a […]

Ask an Honest HR Professional: Can I Ask a Potential Employer About Flexible Schedules?

When it comes to what you’re looking for in your next employer, flexible schedules are high on your list. But, how can you approach that topic in job interviews without seeming presumptuous or lazy? Here’s some advice to make sure you’re on the same page—while still making a positive impression. […]

The Trick That Ensures You’ll Never Leave Another Meeting Not Knowing What to Do Next

You’ve just finished a meeting and you’ve been assigned a specific set of tasks as a result. Before you close your laptop and grab a snack, what will you do with your notes? This trick will ensure you remember everything *and* follow through on your responsibilities. Read Complete Article

From Food to Fintech: How I Switched Industries Within My Field

We chatted with Dina Lyon, Director of Marketing at Earnest Research, who made a switch within her field of marketing and communications, transitioning from the food and education space into fintech. Here’s her career story, and her advice for people in a similar situation. Read Complete Article