Any woman who has ever worked knows that there is an undeniable looming presence of the glass ceiling always above our heads. It is up to us to break that glass ceiling and excel in our fields. The great news is that women around the world are steadily chipping away at it each year. There are so many online resources for women, by women, that provide valuable information to help one another succeed in a myriad of business pursuits. Below are my favorite professional resources for career women, which constantly inspire me to be better at what I do.
1. Your Personal Network
A huge part of any successful business is building a strong network. I know it might not seem super exciting, but LinkedIn is probably the number one online resource for networking. Connect with other people in your industry or alma mater, follow specific interests, post your resume, and see who your connections are connected to. Doing all of this will expand your online presence further. They also have a job search tab, as well as LinkedIn Learning, which has all kinds of useful courses. (Fun Fact: I build many, many of my fashion contacts through LinkedIn!)
2. Webinars & Online Resources
Don’t neglect the power of online resources too! Here’s a small list worth checking out right now:
OKReal – I’m a big believer that life is too short to keep making mistakes, so I like to learn from other people’s mistakes (through interviews). OKReal has the best interviews with creatives that always get me up when I’m feeling bleh.
Career Contessa – Think of this website as your personal development mentor. I love rifling through its bursting archive of interviews, career advice, and finance tips. It’s a great place to get started.
The Muse – This is another highly recommended resource, especially for millennials. The writers know how to express themselves in ways that keep you wanting to read more, and more, and more…
Ladies Get Paid – This one has information and resources concerning equal pay among different genders in the workplace. You can find webinars and events focused on making sure women get paid what they deserve. You can also connect to other women in your particular industry.
Create Cultivate – Here’s another site that’s a compilation of interviews, blog posts, conferences, and pop-ups, all of which are incredibly inspiring and motivating for my own work!
3. Podcasts & TED Talks
When you’re just not in the mood to read, audio can be therapeutic and life changing. These days, I’ve become smitten with podcasts and TED Talks. I have learned so much from listening to and reading about the experiences of other women I admire and how they got to be where they are in their field. Check out my favorite motivating podcasts here. But here are some other sources to look into:
No Limits – This podcast, by Rebecca Jarvis, interviews incredible women who are at the top of every industry and shares their stories of how they built their career. People share their journeys, the ups and the downs – and anyone, regardless of industry, could learn so much from hearing these stories.
Know Your Worth, Then Ask For It – I think too many of us doubt our self-worth. This one will give you a glimpse in how to define your own value.
The Psychology of Self-Motivation – Find out why motivation alone isn’t enough!
(Note: Stay tuned for a full round up of my favorite TED Talks in the future!)
Don’t forget to drop your favorite resources with me below!