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Professional Fridays: Staying in Touch with Your Network

In the professional world, time is tight, and business coffees, lunches, and after-work drinks can often seem a daunting task as you try to stay connected to all the people you meet at networking events, business meetings, and happy hours.  Perhaps you’ve even finished a summer internship, but know you won’t be looking for a […]

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Professional Fridays: My First Informational Interview

Recently a friend told me about something I’d never heard of before: the informational interview. An informational interview is a job hunting strategy where you meet casually — yet professionally – with prospective employers and learn about job opportunities.   It’s a way to earn face time with employers and possibly learn “inside” knowledge about upcoming […]

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Professional Fridays: The Overlooked Mentor

Every professional advice column includes this one piece of sterling knowledge: Find a Mentor! But what does that mean?  For a lot of people – especially young women – this entails seeking out someone who has the most impressive job title in the field you want to work in, “accidentally” bumping into them at an […]

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Professional Fridays: After the Networking Event (Part III of III)

This is it!  Part III of III in our series on making the most of networking events.  It may seem like your job is done once your heels are kicked off, but in order to make sure you squeeze every ounce of value from your event, be sure to take the following five actions. 1) […]

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Professional Fridays: Making the Most of the Networking Event (Part II of III)

Last week, we wrote about how to prepare for a networking event.  But what do you do once you get there?  How do you make the most of the event?  The 5 tips below will ensure you don’t end up standing in a corner by yourself, eating and drinking the night away while great networking […]

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Professional Fridays: Preparing for a Networking Event (Part I of III)

We’ve heard it a hundred times – networking is key to professional success.  But networking is more than just “meeting people.”  Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be featuring posts specifically about networking events – receptions, happy hours, and the like.  We all know to dress appropriately and bring business cards, but how […]

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Professional Friday: How to Find a Job in Reproductive Health

I have been lucky enough to have never had a real job. Yes I spent many a summer among six year olds, but I have never worked for a for-profit company, never stood behind a counter, never taken someone’s order.   Over the past five years I have been even luckier to almost exclusively work for […]

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Why – and How – To Get Political Internships So You Can Get Off the Sidelines

One way to start getting off the sidelines if you are early in your career is an internship with a Congressional office or campaign.  While most of what you do won’t be very glamorous, they’re all the things that everyone says about internships—you get your foot in the door, you meet people, you learn how […]

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From Dead-End to Dream Job: Taking Control of Your Career

When I was 23, the momentum of my career came to a staggering halt. As a graduate student, I completed an internship at the United Nations in New York, then moved to Washington, DC, to pursue a congressional fellowship. Yet despite these achievements, with my degree completed and my fellowship over, I was unemployed, and six […]

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