Women at work face countless hurdles, from persistent wage gaps to finding mentors to issues such as job searching while pregnant. And when a woman does reach the top, she’s often disparaged (just ask Serena Williams).
Fortunately, there are numerous blogs out there aimed at helping women at work with everything from networking tips to finding a practical bag for commuting that doesn’t look unprofessional (seriously, that can be hard).
These career blogs for women are three of the best:
I love Corporette’s tagline, which reads: “fashion, lifestyle, and career advice for overachieving chicks.” Launched by lawyer Kat Griffin in 2008, the blog is mainly targeted at women in traditionally conservative fields (banking, law, government, etc.) living in urban areas. But even if you don’t fit into that category, don’t skip Corporette—if you can think of a question, chances are Corporette has tackled it. It’s an insightful and well-written blog and one every woman who cares about her career should have bookmarked.
If you’re a young professional, you’ll pick up advice on everything from what to wear (Building Your Wardrobe for the Summer Internship) to navigating social media (Should You Friend Your Boss on Facebook?) to traveling for work (How to Plan for Your First Business Trip). If you’re a parent, check out the offshoot called Corporette Moms (the news round-up posts here are incredibly handy).
“Don’t read the comments” is often a good policy when reading online, but not in this case. The comments on Corporette blog posts are invariably insightful and respectful, and make each post that much more useful.
Three key posts:
Founded by author and entrepreneur Tory Johnson in 1999, Women For Hire focuses on helping women find jobs, and helping companies become more diverse. They work with numerous prominent employers, including Microsoft, Nordstrom, and Verizon. Women For Hire features webinars, job fairs, a jobs board, and a fantastic directory of career coaches specializing in everything from hospitality to government.
The career-centric blog has many posts by Johnson herself, plus frequent contributions from all kinds of experts: journalists, accountants, psychologists, non-profit leaders, and professional organizers, to name just a few. In large part because of these expert contributors, the Women For Hire blog manages to tackle a huge range of topics relevant to women at work—and to do so incredibly well.
Women For Hire also has resources for people interested in working from home. Having worked from home for years, I do want to point out that the best way to succeed isn’t to sell products. (Trust me, no one needs more friends or family hawking jewelry or beauty products.) Instead, cultivate skills that translate easily into working remotely, such as writing or web design. And if you’re a stay at home mom, don’t think you’ll be able to skip childcare. It’s impossible to give your full attention to your child and your work simultaneously. You will need childcare if you’re a parent who wants to work from home successfully.
Three key posts:
BlogHer, launched in 2005, is a vast community of women bloggers. Whether they are talking about the roles of women at work or meal planning 101, there are countless women blogging about everything you can imagine—and then some. The Work/Life channel in particular is a fantastic resource.
They publish more posts per day than you can probably read, with contributors from all sorts of backgrounds. Many are more focused on life than work (Best Eclectic Eats in Venice, CA? But even that post could come in handy for client meetings if you’re nearby—and after reading some of those restaurant descriptions, I wish I were!), but the work-related posts are generally excellent. No matter what your stage in life or your vocation, you’ll find someone speaking from your perspective. And you’ll be able to learn countless things from all the voices represented.
Three key posts:
No amount of blog posts will eliminate the obstacles facing women at work. But, armed with information and inspiration, each woman can work on advancing as an individual. And a rising tide lifts all boats, as the saying goes—the more visible successful women become, the more of them there will be.