Building Your Brand

The Powers of Persuasion in Business Settings

Confession: I was a high school speech nerd. That’s right. I was in speech, student congress, drama — You name it. If there was a speech to give, I was giving it. And one of my favorite categories? Persuasive speaki...

What Does Your Style Say About Your Work?

You are being judged right now. Someone today has looked at you and judged you only by what you’re wearing. Maybe a woman on the street liked your shoes and thought, “She looks great.” Or conversely, it could ...

Halloween Costumes for Smart and Professional Women

A few years ago, I drove to work early on a Saturday morning. The evening before had been Halloween, and my drive to work (in Minneapolis, at the time) went right down frat row at the University of Minnesota. There, I saw a wom...


What to Wear to the First Day of Work

What to Wear on the First Day of Work

There is no single outfit that’s appropriate for every Career Girl’s situation. You want to be mindful of your new company’s culture and dress code when picking what to wear on your first day of work. At the interview, yo...

Prosperous Cheaters — Know the Interview Questions Before You Go

In high school, I was an officer in our NHS chapter. We had planned this incredible pep rally: complete with relay races, blindfolds, class competition, and teachers getting creamed in the face with pies (or something). Thinkin...

Personal and Professional Mistakes: There Is No Line

When you leave the office, you leave behind your desk and your job description and enter into your personal world. But you don’t leave behind your mistakes in either world, or your blunders. The time of complete separatio...


Stacy London “Books” Up

We’ve profiled her company, Style for Hire, on Career Girl before. And it’s safe to say that all of us here at Career Girl are a great big fan-girls of Stacy London. Her honesty, her tips and tricks, her personality...

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15 Career Girl Wardrobe Essentials

I love perusing fashion magazines and style blogs for outfit inspiration, and through my “research” I’ve learned that the key to building a great wardrobe is to have essential go-to-pieces. Although you may not be a...

Beating the Online Application Machine

We’ve all done it. You’ve read the job description, you’ve clicked on the “Apply Now” button, and you sigh a huge annoying sigh. Ugh. An online application system. Sure, you can upload your resume....


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1 Item 3 Ways: The Tweed Blazer

It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it. I’ve learned in business that it’s not what you do but how you do things that can make an impact in your career. The same holds true with fashion & style; it’s no...