Secret {W} Business: The New Black: Career Blogs for Millennial Women

September 9, 2013

As young, driven millennial women, we have a good idea of what it takes to succeed. How can we not with so much content encouraging us to rise early, keep organized, and find the right mentor. Whatever your personality or field of work, there is a book out there targeted at you. (My personal favourite is Basic Black from Heart Magazines publishing queen Cathie Black).

But between work, exercise, passion projects, a social life, family times and other essentials, sometimes reading finding the right book and reading it cover to cover can take longer than we would like. The same applies to scouring out the right piece of advice from within the pages. How can a girl get the golden nuggets of information in less time?

Today, time-crunched young career women are reaching for a steady flow of (free!) career advice courtesy of women-focused career blogs. The new generation contains well-researched articles, opportunities to connect with leaders in the field, and communities of users. When you have a last minute interview, dream mentor meeting, or first opportunity at management, these blogs have gems of wisdom easily found using the search button. In addition to Secret {W} Business, here are four of my favourites:

Levo League

Levo is an advice powerhouse that encompasses articles, Q&A sessions known as ‘Office Hours’ with titans such as Warren Buffet and Sheryl Sandberg, Mentor pages where you can ask the aforementioned titans your questions and receive answers. Readers are also encouraged to sign up for a profile and upload their resume LinkedIn-style, which makes sense as a number of great companies – from charity: water to Warby Parker – are accepting applications directly from the site. The advice and discussions shared on the site are invaluable and relevant for all millennial women, and new content is posted regularly. No matter your question, you will likely find tips on Levo – or you can post on your favourite Mentor’s page and try and find out!

The Everygirl

Founded by two smart and sassy twentysomethings, The Everygirl reads like your beautiful best friend’s older sister. The site has advice on everything from beauty to travel, finance to politics, but the crème is their Career section. Danielle and Alaina interview inspirational-yet-approachable successful women on their career paths and lessons learned. Sometimes, the most inspirational women are the ones just like you but two or three steps ahead.

Ever wondered about what it takes to be a Social Media Editor at SELF Magazine, Marketing Director of the San Francisco Marathon, or founder of your own boutique communications firm? This site has you covered.

Forbes Woman

Forbes Woman is more matter-of-fact than girlfriend-friendly. An offshoot of business bible Forbes, this comprehensive site caters to millennial workers and managers alike, tells you what you need to know now, and will likely introduce you to new ideas outside your field. From millennial work trends, to managing ‘high-maintenance’ employees, to leadership tips from a Navy SEAL, there is something for everyone.

Bookmark this site to stay abreast of current movements and to widen your perspective. The annual list of Top 100 Websites For Women is also not to be missed.

ProfessionGal

ProfessionGal is the brainchild of a sassy Texan-turned-New Yorker named Megan. The advice she shares is honest, creative, and – best of all – not intimidating. This millennial Gal truly knows what it is like to be a young professional working woman in the 21st century job environment – and how to succeed in it. In addition to writing Profession Gal, she contributes to Glass Heelthe Daily Muse, and Forbes; offers career switch and interview preparation services; and is an aspiring entrepreneur for a separate venture in the IBM My Smarter Commerce campaign. Read Megan’s advice and sprinkle some of her career confidence on your own life.

This article first appeared on Secret {W} Business, a “community made to support female entrepreneurs, changemakers and innovators” in Asia Pacific. Click to read the article here.

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2 Comments

  • Reply mycasita October 19, 2013 at 2:25 am

    love love love! Absolutely excited that Levo League and the Everygirl are coming together this weekend for an event in London! I love your blog! Following now!

    • Reply Jennifer Lien October 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you! And that’s awesome, I had no idea they were doing an event together. Hope you enjoyed it if you went!

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