Inspirational Quotes from Kathryn Minshew

Every generation brings something new to the workplace, and millennials are no exception. As a group, they tend to be highly educated, love to learn, and grew up with the Internet and digital tools in a way that can be highly useful when leveraged properly.

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The first time you meet someone, they’re a new acquaintance, the second time you have a bit of an understanding, and the third time you meet them, you’re old hats.

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Understanding your employee’s perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness.

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I think the idea of a ‘perfect job’ is a myth – there are pros and cons of every position, good days and bad days, and even what most people would consider dream jobs come with their share of downsides.

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I know, being the odd one out can feel brutal. But, rest assured, it’s also wonderful – because your desire to do things differently isn’t ‘uncool.’ In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

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Millennials tend to appreciate regular feedback because they want to feel that their work matters and that they are making a difference in the workplace. As the youngest generation at most organizations, they also tend to be hungry for growth and development opportunities.

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I had been a veteran of pretty challenging job searches, so I knew firsthand how frustrating, confusing, and demoralizing the job search process can be. Even after you get a job, many people join companies and discover in the first couple weeks that they aren’t a good match with the personality and values of the company.

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Even your most talented employees have room for growth in some area, and you’re doing your employee a disservice if the sum of your review is: ‘You’re great!’ No matter how talented the employee, think of ways he could grow towards the position he might want to hold two, five, or 10 years down the line.

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For almost the first year of The Muse’s life, I would do 5 to 8 networking events a week. And I don’t necessarily think that’s the right path for everyone, but I realized that as an entrepreneur, one of my strengths was finding the right people who could help us. I didn’t come into startups with any network.

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We spend a lot of time on Skype and other video interviews, and it’s funny how many people will prepare for a Skype interview by wearing a formal suit jacket with pajama pants on the bottom. Then suddenly, someone is at the door, and you have to get up, and you realize you’re wearing reindeer boxers. Just put pants on.

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Much-derided chick lit, chick flicks, and chick magazines have left ambitious women in a bind. Why is it that I, a young woman, can read ‘GQ,’ enjoy ‘Fight Club,’ and subscribe to ‘Thrillist,’ while the idea of a guy doing the same with ‘Glamour,’ ’27 Dresses’ and ‘Daily Candy’ is nearly unheard of?

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As we’ve grown ‘The Daily Muse’ and met contacts who want to collaborate with us, knowing who does what has helped us be clear on who we want our partners to connect with – and makes us look buttoned up, too. SEO firm? Talk to our COO. An editor from the ‘Huffington Post?’ Meet our Editor-in-Chief.

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I always encourage people to learn the basics and nail the basics. Take the time to customize your resume and cover letter to reflect your qualifications, your research on the specific company and position, and how you believe you can add value.

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Done right, a performance review is one of the best opportunities to encourage and support high performers and constructively improve your middle- and lower-tier workers.

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Millennials can be very hardworking, but it’s easier to tell the story of the ones who are entitled.

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You won’t be exiled to permanent unemployment just because there’s a picture somewhere of you holding a red Solo cup and looking underage. But, your Google results tell a story: Have you been in the news? Authored articles or blog posts? What types of topics do you frequently tweet about?

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Recruiters sometimes have their wires crossed when it comes to what Millennials really want at work. While fancy perks are great, many Millennials are more excited about growing and thriving at a company that appreciates their talent and will help them continue to learn.

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Sure, it’s fun to chat with people with interesting backgrounds who seem to have a passion for your company. But a job interview is not a friendly chat. You need to determine whether candidates, can they really do the job. So ask them to prove it.

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Employees don’t need to be best friends, but there does need to be a level of mutual respect and understanding.

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You know, as most entrepreneurs do, that a company is only as good as its people. The hard part is actually building the team that will embody your company’s culture and propel you forward.

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Networking doesn’t have to be all about talking shop over appetizers and bad chardonnay – do it in a way that works for you.

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I’m an entrepreneur, so I’ve got to be ruthless about ‘me’ time if I want to have any left to myself! I make myself leave the office by 8 or 9 P.M. most nights, even if I do curl up with my laptop and a glass of wine at home to get through email.

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As a cohort, millennials are unique in their social consciousness, and they make decisions based on that awareness. Keep them engaged at work by showcasing a culture of paying it forward and tying the day-to-day into the larger purpose of the organization.

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You don’t hire for mediocrity. Instead, you bring people onto your team because you know that they’ll make a valuable contribution and turn in amazing work. But, in order to have that expectation, you need to make sure you’re fostering an environment that allows them to do so.

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I grew up thinking that I would be an ambassador secret agent. From age 14 to right before I graduated college, I was really interested in the foreign service and the United Nations. I learned to speak French, Turkish, and all these things.

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Employers are looking for individuals who can tell a story about what they bring to a particular company, and people with an understanding of that have a much better chance of getting to where they want to go.

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You don’t hire for mediocrity. Instead, you bring people onto your team because you know that they’ll make a valuable contribution and turn in amazing work. But, in order to have that expectation, you need to make sure you’re fostering an environment that allows them to do so.

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I’m an entrepreneur, so I’ve got to be ruthless about ‘me’ time if I want to have any left to myself! I make myself leave the office by 8 or 9 P.M. most nights, even if I do curl up with my laptop and a glass of wine at home to get through email.

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I probably have a small number of people that are consistently advisors and mentors, but I’m much more likely to have a broader array of… almost like an unofficial board of advisors, where I know that certain people are going to be good for certain types of topics.

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It’s hard when you have a lot of naysayers to know when they might be right or when to ignore them and go with your gut and do something that may seem risky.

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I work late nights catching up on emails, and then, in the mornings, I just hop on my laptop right away. Then, every other day, I’ll hop into the shower! My husband is horrified that I don’t shower every day.

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It’s fantastic to be known as a company that responds quickly to users, shares great resources and friendly banter with them over Twitter, and forges relationships on Pinterest, Facebook, and every other social media site out there.

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I am a big advocate for having an open discussion about team norms and preferences. At The Muse, some of us like to start working at 7:30 A.M. Others focus best from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M. Create a culture where it’s acceptable not to be working when someone else is working.

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Work-life balance for founders doesn’t look like work-life balance for everyone else. Starting a company isn’t a nine-to-six job – or a nine-to-nine job, or a nine-to-midnight job.

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Most weeks, I work 100-plus hours on TheMuse.com. There are definitions of ‘work-life balance’ that would say I have none.

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When you start a new company, you have to do it all. Yes, all of it.

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Keeping a ‘CEO blog’ or ‘founder’s blog’ can be a great platform for engaging your users in a nontraditional way, reaching people outside of your product pitch and building rapport without selling them anything except a belief in your ideas.

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If you’re able to arrange a trial period with a new hire, do it. It will give both of you a chance to make sure the position is a good fit – and can help you avoid being in the awkward situation of wanting to fire someone three or four weeks in.

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Launching a start-up, you need to get a lot done quickly. Every day is different. Everyone pitches in with everything. It’s easy for the founding team to say, ‘We’re flexible. We all help out with everything!’ But when it comes to making decisions – that flexibility can spell inefficiency and disaster.

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Call it nature or nurture, there are differences in how men and women approach professional conduct, and facing these issues head-on will make us all more equipped to succeed.

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For those working menial jobs or putting in 100-hour weeks for corporations, the lure of starting your own business can seem like a great way to get more flexibility, upside, and ownership.

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Thinking big is only one part of being a successful entrepreneur.

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When I started my first company, I still had a 40-hour a week job. I was working on my company on nights and weekends before I took the plunge and gave up a salary.

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My first company failed completely. And it failed at about ten months old. I had about 12 months of savings, so when it failed I was thinking: ‘Do I go back to work?’ And at that point I believed so deeply in what I was doing that I couldn’t imagine anything else other than trying to make this business work.

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The most important thing in startups is getting a product to market, as imperfect as it may be, and then iterating on it and continually making it better. A first rev of a site that has a few typos may not be perfect, but it was the start of something that I deeply believed in.

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So many of my rookie mistakes could have been avoided by first-hand exposure to other, more experienced technology entrepreneurs.

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When The Daily Muse initially wanted to launch a job board, our first ideas were insanely (and needlessly) complex. We wanted to integrate with social networks, gather rich personal data to build predictive algorithms, and put together numerous cool visualization tools before launching out to the world. We were just sure users would love it!

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When talking to first-time entrepreneurs, I often ask them: ‘How do you know that people want your product or service?’ As you can expect, the answer is often that they don’t yet, but will know once they launch. And they’re right. That’s why it’s critical to launch as quickly as possible so you can get that feedback.

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Get your product in front of actual, living, breathing strangers. Your college roommate’s approval does not mean there’s market demand.

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One of the top causes of startup death – right after cofounder problems – is building something no one wants.

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There were so many lessons I learned the hard way: missing out on a raise because I didn’t know to ask, having colleagues consistently get credit for my ideas because of how I spoke up in meetings. When I looked for a resource that addressed the challenges I was facing, I couldn’t find it. There was nothing.

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We knew when we started the Daily Muse, we wanted a recruiting-focused business model rather than an advertising-focused one. We felt like publishers were being forced to go to more and more extreme lengths to monetize through advertising.

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