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So far Susan Penny Brown has created 66 blog entries.

How to Navigate the Office Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Off the top of your head, what you love most about the holiday season at your workplace? According to two firms (Randstad USA and Challenger, Gray and Christmas) that do annual surveys about these things, it’s definitely not the office holiday party. They found that 90% of workers would rather get more time off or a

Undervalued at Work? Take This Quiz Now!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

So, so much research has been done to help managers figure out how to engage and retain their best employees. And in the end, it boils down to a company’s ability to deliver on four core needs. If you feel undervalued at work, it’s very likely that one or more of these core needs isn’t

3 Ways to Make Hobbies Show You’re the Best Candidate

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Last time, I wrote about critical job skills that can help you advance your career and the hobbies that build these skills. Today, I’m going talk about how to make hobbies show you’re the best candidate. Not all hobbies though. Consider only hobbies that: Are directly related to the position you’re pursuing. Show you have

6 Hobbies that Make You Better at Your Job

Monday, October 8, 2018

I've always loved to cook multi-course, gourmet meals for family, friends and sometimes huge crowds. Fast action in the kitchen thrills me, especially when things go wrong. I love to improvise on the spot: quick decisions, immediate action, precise steps. After one particularly tense day at work, I noticed that no one around me came

The Cold Networking Email that Opens Doors

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Just find out about a really cool company you'd love to work for but aren't sure how to contact them? Share a passion with a speaker you just heard and would really like to discuss his ideas more? Or perhaps you'd like to ask someone you admire from afar for career advice? If can think

Recover from a Work Mistake in 6 Steps

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We all make typos, misunderstand assignments or raise our voices inappropriately. And our co-workers readily forgive us because it can happen to the best of us. But then there are the really big mistakes that everyone notices. Mistakes that cause serious self-doubt and can alter an entire career trajectory. Do you have a plan to

Hiring Differences Between Startups and Big Companies, Part 3

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This is the third and final post of a three-part series about the differences between startups and big companies. The first post was about differences in company culture; the second focused on differences in interview practices.  Today's topic is the hiring differences between startups and big companies, with a focus on compensation.   8.  Hiring Process First, some things

Interview Differences Between Startups and Big Companies, Part 2

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

In Part 1, we talked about the differences between startups and big companies in terms of their company culture. I compared startup and big company lifestyles, role definitions, teamwork, and the dramatic differences in their systems and processes. In this post, the conversation shifts to interview differences between startups and big companies. This includes the

Difference Between Startups and Big Companies, Part 1

Monday, July 30, 2018

My career found me in all sized companies, from barely-funded startups to Fortune 500's. I loved the well-rounded business education I got, but also learned that the behaviors that were rewarded at startups weren't always valued at larger companies. In fact, they often worked against me. There is a huge difference between startups and big companies.

Why Fall is the Best Time to Job Search

Monday, July 16, 2018

Ah, summer vacations, endless outdoor activities, impromptu get-togethers and beautiful weather! It’s hard not to kick back, slow down the pace and enjoy. Find a new job? Not now! But the slower summer pace is the perfect setup for a fall job search. Why fall? Fall is the best time to job search for three