Blog Posts by The Daily Muse

  • Getting a Puppy? How to Dog-Proof Your Apartment

    Dog-proof home

    So, you're getting a dog! Prepare for long walks in the park, endless hours spent throwing a tennis ball, and lots of love and kisses.

    Now, let's talk logistics. Once you've made this awesome decision (extra awesome points if you plan to rescue), you're going to have to take a few necessary steps to get your home ready beyond just buying a cute dog bed.

    When my boyfriend Dan and I got our little dog Reggie, I was pretty unprepared for the general chaos that was about to ensue. Though both Dan and I had grown up with dogs (and, weirdly, both with dogs named Ginger), we really had no idea what this cute, cuddly ball of terror was going to do when she moved in and took over.

    In the year and a half since, I've learned a thing or two about protecting my home and sanity from the shoe-eating, attention-whoring dog who is also one of the things I love most in this world. Shortly after getting Reggie, I started my job as editor of a pet magazine, which has no doubt taught me a

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  • Why a Little Smoking Can Hurt You (and How to Stop)

    Quit Smoking

    I was deep in the depths of ridiculously bad reality TV (I'm talking hardcore Housewives and TiVoed Rock of Love: Charm School)-when a nattily attired ad exec named Don brought me back to the beauty of flawlessly executed television drama. And, although my IQ is forever grateful to Mad Men for this upgrade (and I can't get enough of those skinny ties and sharkskin suits)-I will admit relief that I won't be exposed to a bit of Mr. Draper's second-hand smoke.

    Workplace mores about cigarette smoking have changed drastically since the '60s (I'll be damned if your supervisor whips out a cigarette case and ashtray at your next staff meeting)-so much so that this July, the University of Pennsylvania Health System is banning smokers (yes, you read that right-not smoking-but actual smokers) and will decline to hire users of cigars, cigarettes, and chew.

    And apparently, this sort of policy is not novel-Cleveland Clinic was one of the first organizations to introduce a "tobacco free"

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  • 5 Ways to Find Jobs Without Using a Job Board

    Finding a Job

    When it comes to searching for open positions online, big job boards can be a double-edged sword: You either find an overwhelming 200 pages of open positions (that you'll never have the time or patience to go through), or you find a total of two potential jobs in your desired field and location, neither of which pique your interest.

    Sound familiar? Take heart-online job boards aren't your only option. Here are a few ways you can successfully seek out open positions without having to hit that search bar.

    1. Enlist the Help of Your Social Network

    Just like a thought-provoking status update can warrant a barrage of comments from your friends, family, and even long-lost classmates from second grade, a similar public inquiry can open your eyes to job suggestions you hadn't considered before. So, consider putting a call out to your social network: "I'm looking for a new career in marketing. Does anyone know of great companies in the area?"

    You might be surprised by who pipes

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  • Walk of Shame: How to Handle the Morning After Happy Hour

    Walk of ShameIt starts out innocently enough-just a beer at happy hour after work with your boss. But the next thing you know, it's way past your bedtime and you're still pounding drinks, telling her who-knows-what deep, dark secrets that were definitely better left nice and dark.

    And it's Tuesday.

    So, here you are, Wednesday morning, having to face not only the way-too-bright fluorescent lights of your office, but your now-too-all-knowing manager. What now?

    While the post-confessional morning is never fun, how you handle the work walk of shame is incredibly important-for making you both feel a little less awkward and for putting your relationship back on a professional note. So, if last night went a little too far, here are a few smart tips for navigating the morning after.

    Get Back to Work

    Regardless of what you may have revealed the night before-anything from your current job-hunting endeavors to your one-night stand with Bob from accounting-what your boss really wants to know is that you Read More »from Walk of Shame: How to Handle the Morning After Happy Hour
  • Feeling Left Out? How to Handle FOMO in the Office

    FOMO. Even if you haven't heard of it, you've definitely experienced it. That sinking feeling in your stomach when you see that your friends are all Instagramming photos of their fun night out, while your only plans involve your couch and Ben and Jerry's? Classic FOMO. It stands for "fear of missing out," and it's almost unavoidable in today's connected, competitive, share-it-all-online society.

    Unfortunately, FOMO can be even more painful when it strikes our professional lives. After all, while you can quell your fear of missing out socially by making new friends or finding new hobbies, you're more or less stuck with your co-workers. The last thing that you want to do is watch from the sidelines while they get exciting opportunities, tackle the best projects, and make new connections at work.

    If you're worried that you're being passed over for projects, excluded from meetings, or just left out of office events in general, its time to take action. We've created five simple steps to

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  • 4 Work Mistakes You Don't Realize You're Making

    Mistakes at Work

    When you're the new girl at work, you do everything in your power to stay on your best behavior. You show up to the office early, leave late, dress conservatively, and absolutely never, ever check your Facebook page from your work computer.

    But, as the weeks go by, it's easy to slide into a sense of comfort and let your guard down, following in the footsteps of your co-workers (who know just how far they can bend the rules). And soon, you're missing deadlines, tweeting covertly, making excuses as to why you're not as productive as before, and in general, setting yourself up for a not-so-great performance review.

    So what happened? Well, it's simple-you forgot the basics. If you're looking for a way to get back into gear, revisit the advice you got when you were first starting out in the professional world, and follow these easy (but often ignored) bits of advice.

    1. Stop Using Excuses

    Just like your puppy dog eyes didn't work to convince your 8th grade teacher that your

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  • Is Shyness Holding You Back at Work?

    Shyness at WorkShyness is nice and shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to." -The Smiths

    This song (penned by a lovely Englishman named Morrissey) appeared on many a mix tape in my high school days-and no music was sweeter to my little ol' adolescent ears.

    As I lay and listened (in overly-dramatic repose) and stared up at the stucco ceiling in my room, I could replay countless sweaty-palmed, heart-pounding moments of acute awkwardness (usually involving shaking hands with strangers or standing behind a podium speaking publicly). Mr. Steven Patrick Morrissey was, indeed, speaking my language.

    Yes, despite my brash online braggadocio-it's true. I am shy. And, since I know firsthand what it's like to be blessed with bashfulness in an office environment-I'd like to help. Today we'll examine how shyness comes in all shapes and shades (i.e., the difference between an introverted personality type versus a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder) and explore some

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  • 4 Signs You Shouldn't Bother Applying to a Job

    Shouldn't Bother Applying to a Job

    If you're in desperation mode-i.e., totally miserable in your current gig or job hunting for the fourth unemployed month in a row-it's temping to apply for any link your mouse lands on.

    But if you're set on finding a career that you actually love (which you should be!), stop applying willy-nilly to every job listing you stumble upon, and start focusing on finding the positions that make you excited to ditch your pajamas for the power suit hiding in the back of your closet.

    How do you find these gems? Well, first off, you have to learn how to filter out the job listings that just aren't worth your time. If you're not sure exactly what to avoid, here are four signs that you should close your browser window and continue your search elsewhere.

    1. It Seems a Little Fishy

    If you find a job listing that doesn't mention a specific company name, legitimate website, or any contact information besides an encrypted email address-well, that's a sign you're looking on

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  • Going Out After Work? 3 Steps to Transform Your Outfit

    Let's face it: Most of us are constantly on the go, without the luxury of time to change between a day at the office and an evening function or dinner out. But that doesn't mean you need to show up to dates looking like you just ran there from the office (even if you did!).

    Instead, create a look that can quickly be transformed from work to play. Here are three steps to going from desk to dinner in a flash-plus some great outfits to inspire your own day-to-night look.

    This article was originally published on The Daily Muse . For more workplace style, check out:

    Jenny Cao-Wu is the founder of and currently resides in Honolulu, Hawai'i. As a former strategy consultant, Jenny experienced the challenges women face in expressing their individual style while working in conservative Read More »from Going Out After Work? 3 Steps to Transform Your Outfit
  • Love Beauty? 5 Places You Should Work

    If you're obsessed with all things style, why not work for a company that feels the same way? If you're looking for a new job (or just want to do some window shopping), take a peek inside the offices of five fashion and beauty companies that are hiring now.

    Giorgio Armani Beauty


    Giorgio Armani Beauty creates beautiful cosmetics and fragrances that make luxury accessible to everyone. In its gorgeous (and eco-friendly) Manhattan office space, staffers share space with other L'Oreal luxury brands, including Ralph Lauren and YSL, to get style inspiration (and a little healthy competition!).

    See Giorgio Armani Beauty's Office



    In addition to being an amazing beauty retailer, Sephora is a great place to work. "It's innovative, hip... and you never know what you're going to get!" says one staffer. But a few things are for sure: fabulous co-workers, tons of growth potential, and a monthly "no work talk" brunch.

    See Sephora's Office



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