• Ask, and you shall receive. One thing we women have to overcome is a reluctance to ask for a favor. We need to drop the soul searching and self-doubt that so many of us go through in asking for something for ourselves. It’s often as simple as asking for a favor. Studies show that if you preface a request with “I’m wondering if you can help me,” and then make a small, specific request, you will be more successful. But most of the time you will need more finesse, especially if you want to seek help for bigger things. Most people will be happy to share their career experience and advice if you ask. For example, “Can I brainstorm with you for 15 minutes over the phone about how to move up from my current job? I’ve admired how you transitioned into various jobs and I’d love to hear about it.”
It’s a big world out there, and you can be a big part of it (with your network cast far and wide).
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Editor’s Note: Catherine Kaputa is a brand strategist, speaker and the founder of SelfBrand LLC, a NYC-based personal branding firm. Her newest book is The Female Brand: Using the Female Mindset to Succeed in Business. Click here to go to the book’s website. Her previous book, U R a Brand! How Smart People Brand Themselves for Business Success , won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Career Book, 2007. Click here for more.