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Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


URL :http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/
Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
Posts on Regator:634
Posts / Week:1.7
Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

New paths to a great job

Of course I have to open this post with something about how stupid college is. Colleges are finally responding to the problem they charge tons of money and then graduates are unemployable and in debt. Colleges are responding by becoming job preparation centers. And Frank Bruni, opinion editor for the New York Times, says this is a...

Your approach to mistakes defines your success

One of the first things I wondered about the Farmer when I met him is why he was even reading my blog. He told me, “I’m an entrepreneur.” I was hooked. I had no idea what he was talking about. But I could see that I was going to learn a lot from him, and nothing gets me...

How to get more done when you feel stuck

This post is about productivity. I have to tell you that because this is a career blog and career blogs need topics that fall into the career space. You can’t have a blog that doesn’t have a topic. Even Marc Cuban, who seems to not have a topic because he writes about basketball and colleges and...

March Madness sheds light on the real workplace revolution

The wage gap, of course, is the gap between men and women. We don’t talk about the wage gap between, say, black men and white men because the causes are so visible. Like, most black boys do not grow up with a father, and in some cities 50% of black men have been in prison. But...

Get your dream job now: Four-day seminar with Penelope Trunk

This seminar will help you get the job you thought was out of reach. It could be a position two levels up or something totally new. I’ll show you how figure out your best next job and get it.   Join me for four days of live video sessions with chat from: April 15-19 at 9pm-10pm...

How to be enchanting

So much of the world is based on how much people like you. For example, when you are in a job interview, there are three or four other candidates. All are qualified, because no one interviews people who cannot do the job—that would be a total waste of time. This means that interviews are about...

How to think like the next generation

No one wants to seem old and outdated. The key to avoiding this is learning how to think like the next generation. So recognize what you care about that younger people don’t care about. Not like a house and mortgage – that stuff is dependent on what stage of life you’re in. I’m talking about...

Get what you want by capitulating to demands of others

I get up at 5am to drive my son to his cello lessons in Chicago. On Saturday he’s in lessons for four hours. I wake him and he says, “No. It’s too early. It’s too hard to drive to Chicago all the time. I can’t do it.” I don’t say anything. I sit on the side...

How to be a creative problem-solver

I get so many books in the mail to review, and the way I evaluate which ones are worth my time is to first read the jacket flap. So while I’m not even going to pretend that I have read Tipping Sacred Cows, by Jake Breeden, but I’m going to tell you that it has...

I had to take a Xanax to read Time magazine this week

I’m at my son’s cello lesson, thinking about this week’s Time magazine. Sheryl Sandberg’s on the cover. I never used to write about women on my blog. I wrote for three national magazines about careers before I even acknowledged that I was a woman aside from saying 1. I got the column because I was a woman...

How to make it in New York City

I took the kids to New York City for a week, and while Melissa was trying to figure out what to do with the kids for the day I was working, she came up with this idea that my seven-year-old son should do an internship with a stylist. He wants to be a stylist. He talks...

Yahoo kills telecommuting. Three cheers for Marissa Mayer!

Thank goodness someone finally had the courage to stand up and say that telecommuting is officially banned. Because telecommuting has been implicitly banned for a long time in Silicon Valley, but only Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has the courage to say it, point blank, without apology.  And her honesty is going to help all of...

Universal preschool is bad for everyone

Alphabet Horse In his last State of the Union speech President Obama proposed that we have universal pre-kindergarten in the US. It’s appalling to me that he wants to pour money into preschool programs that are so out of sync with what families need. Women have been very vocal about not wanting to work full-time while they...

How to know if you’re on a good path

I’m fascinated by the idea of judging whether you are on a good path. Because everyone wants to know if they are doing okay. The problem is that if you look at things out of context, you can’t really see what’s going on. See the picture up top? You can’t totally tell what they are doing...

How to pick a wife if you want to have kids

Nathan Sawaya   Recently I wrote a post about how to pick a husband if you want to have kids. A lot of people asked that I write the male corollary to that post. So, here it is. This post is about identity. How to see yourself. How to figure out if you can remake yourself. How to...

Here’s how to ask for help

I only fly business class because too many things go wrong when I don’t. When I’m at the airport, I miss my planes. A lot. My biggest problem is that I can’t actually read my boarding pass.So I’m going to tell you about how I get help.But asking for help is complicated. Garret Keizer, author of...

Thinking your problems are special ends up making you stuck

I wait until my kids and husband go to bed. I wait ten extra minutes just in case. Then I take my new book out of the bag: Family Violence: Legal, Medical and Social Perspectives. It’s a textbook organized by types of violence. The only light on in the house is the one next to the...

Secret to making productivity tips work for you

I spent the morning going through my file of links that people have sent to me over the week that looked good to read. I have read enough productivity advice to know that I should not leave links in my in box to read. David Allen says everything needs to be dealt with now or...

Fast track your career with Myers Briggs: Four-day seminar with Penelope Trunk

I’m doing this seminar to show you how to leverage your strengths with Myers Briggs. It will be four days of live video sessions with chat from: Feb. 3-6 at 9pm-10pm est. The cost is $150 if you sign up before the end of the week. Then it goes up to $195. Sign up now.  I...

Don’t be a dreamer, be a planner

Let go of your dreams. They are stupid. I’m going to show you why. But first, let me say that I’m a big fan of deciding what you want for your life. It’s just that I’m a practical person. If you say you want stuff you can’t have [insert here, for example, a list of...

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