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Welcome to The Femails, a podcast from Career Contessa that deep dives into the world of women, work, and what it takes to build a successful and fulfilling career on your terms. Isn’t it about time a podcast covering work also covered all things women? Yea, we thought so, too. Join our host, Career Contessa CEO, Lauren McGoodwin, as she interviews a variety of women about their explorations, failures, triumphs, and takes a real-talk approach to women’s career development. Visit www.CareerCo ...
 
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The Great Resignation is a recent term that some of you may have heard floating around. It refers to the post-pandemic “quit your job” movement fueled by a lot of pandemic uncertainty and pandemic-related epiphanies. On this episode of The Femails we are going to talk about two things: 1) What is the great resignation and is it really happening? 2)…
 
A couple of weeks ago we made a post on Career Contessa’s Instagram about some of our least favorite workplace jargon. Turns out, a lot of you had strong feelings about other workplace jargon that annoyed you. We read through so many funny and frustrating phrases that we were inspired to turn it into a podcast episode. That’s why in this episode we…
 
Last week, we reached out to you all, the Career Contessa listeners and readers, to find out whether you had any specific career questions we could cover on the podcast. The response was overwhelming. So we decided to dedicate an entire episode to addressing your questions and providing some quick fixes and solutions to your career problems. That’s…
 
Sometimes you know when a company is not a great fit for you. Whether you notice it in a job interview, 5 months into working at a company, or 5 years into working at a company, there’s one thing that’s definitely true: toxic workplaces can lead to stress, burnout, and serious disruptions in your normal life. On this episode we’ll be discussing our…
 
Languishing. Many of us are doing it without even being aware of what “it” is. Languishing is not burnout and it’s not quite depression, but it’s sort of like a cousin to both. Languishing is a feeling of stagnancy, emptiness, and aimlessness. The danger of languishing is that it can grow to become depression or an anxiety disorder. If this sounds …
 
It’s pretty obvious that our careers have a huge impact on our finances, but your finances also have a huge affect on your career. Being financially stable gives you more options in your career and allows you to have a solid foundation to make choices from. That stability can make a huge difference if you need to leave a job you hate, take a career…
 
Dealing with and working to overcome self-doubt is a common hurdle to progress -- especially career progress. Struggles with self-doubt can: keep you from speaking up or advocating for yourself, cause you to settle for roles don’t reflect your true potential, make you reluctant to trust your decision-making abilities, give you pause when you really…
 
Contrary to what it may feel like, you don’t have to wait for a new year, a birthday, or a new job opportunity to reinvigorate your career. You can start over or do a reset whenever you want—halfway through the year, or at 3pm on a Tuesday. You can make today the start of setting up your career for success. That’s why on today’s episode we’ll be di…
 
Much of our days, our purpose, and our identities revolve around not who we are, but what we do. When we meet someone new for the first time, how often do we strike up a conversation surrounding how we make our living? Unless we are finding meaning and purpose in our careers, or using the gifts and talents we have been given, we may not find conten…
 
Being authentic at work can seem like a tricky balance. Many people feel like they have a completely different version of themselves that shows up to work each day. But how much of your “true” self is ok to bring into work? That’s why on today’s episode we’ll be discussing what it means to be authentic at work and 4 tips for staying authentic at wo…
 
Fear often stands in the way of ambition. But how do you recognize that fear and stop it from getting in the way of achieving your goals? On today’s episode we are joined by our new guest host (and Career Contessa coach), Kea Meyers Duggan, to discuss how fear can mask your ambition and 3 questions to ask yourself in order to determine whether fear…
 
Have you ever tried to fix an ongoing lack of energy by getting more sleep — only to do so and still feel exhausted? If that’s you, here’s the secret: Sleep and rest are not the same thing, although many of us incorrectly confuse the two. On today’s episode we’ll be discussing the difference between sleep and rest and the 7 types of rest every pers…
 
No one wants to get stuck in a dysfunctional workplace. That’s why today we’re discussing how you can spot a dysfunctional workplace or boss—straight from the interview process. Listen in to learn about 5 red flags to look out for in a job interview (plus what to do when you spot these red flags). Weekly Newsletter Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/37hqtQW Fo…
 
Are you indecisive? Does it take you hours, days, or weeks to make what may seem like a simple decision? Today we’ll be discussing how indecisiveness might be wreaking havoc on your career—and what that’s really costing you. In this episode, we’re discussing 3 ways indecisiveness is rooting out your career and 5 reasons why you might feel indecisiv…
 
There are SO many opinions out there on what you should and shouldn’t put on a resume that it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the whole resume-writing process. In this episode, we’re discussing 5 resume mistakes that lead to recruiter confusion with Meghan Kaye, a recruiter at Brooklinen, and a woman who spends a lot of time looking at resumes and c…
 
Many of us have fallen victim to a negative thought spiral—that feeling when one bad thought or experience turns into a mountain of thoughts that make you feel like you should just totally give up. Regardless of how your negative thought spiral starts, Dr. Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author, and television comm…
 
Hustle harder. Good vibes only. Girl, you've got this. Sometimes words of encouragement are—not so helpful. Today we’re discussing how toxic positivity has fed into a culture of "go!" and the damage it's doing. Plus, we’ll share common signs of toxic positivity at work with tips for shutting it down! Weekly Newsletter Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/37hqtQW…
 
Even before COVID times, the idea of searching for a new job...while also being pregnant was a daunting one. Is it better to play it safe with your current role—or do you interview and try to start a new role at work while you’re also starting a new one at home. Job searching while pregnant is a unique and complex idea because it also includes plen…
 
Have you ever felt the pressure to make sure you’re working a job that not only pays you, but also fulfills you, is something you’re passionate about, and you can easily describe as your “dream” job? For many of us, this is and has been the goal, but what if our quest for the dream job is keeping us from enjoying the “good enough” job? In this epis…
 
As a leader responsible for driving performance and results in your organization, many variables are simply outside of your control. But one thing you can manage is team chemistry, a powerful leadership skill that is essential to powering teams to their most peak performance. Listen to Werq founder and certified executive coach, Ilana Zivkovich, pr…
 
If there’s one thing we’ve all learned from 2020, it’s that sometimes no amount of planning can help you predict the future, especially when it comes to your career. One way to prepare for your next career move (without getting hung up) is by adding some new habits to your weekly routine. To help you save time (and sanity), the Career Contessa team…
 
If you’re midway (or quarterway) through your career and feeling stuck, you are not alone. Maybe work doesn’t feel meaningful anymore, or your industry has drastically evolved, or your values and interests have changed. The fact that this is such a common experience doesn’t make it any easier to handle when it’s happening to you. Learn from Jazmine…
 
Singing your accomplishments at the office—especially a virtual one—is never an easy task, but how do you tout your achievements on the regular so that they’re always top of mind (without being annoying)? To help us answer this, we’re joined by Meredith Fineman, author Brag Better, and a woman who has built a career on working with "The Qualified Q…
 
Hi there, I’m Lauren McGoodwin, host of The Femails, a podcast from Career Contessa that focuses on the world of women and work by delivering helpful, actionable career tips and advice for women so you can be more fulfilled, healthy, and successful at work. I started Career Contessa 7 years ago after making my own transition from admin assistant to…
 
On our last episode of 2020, we’re getting futuristic and discussing 2021 workplace predictions and what we really think we can expect in work trends next year. Learn how our team is wrapping up 2020 and 5 of the most popular workplace trends and predictions for 2021 floating around the internet. Show Notes Weekly Newsletter Sign-Up: http://bit.ly/…
 
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