Being successful in any career takes time and effort. DailyWorth shares tips from a former Cosmopolitan editor in chief on how to be successful in the workplace.
Meet Kate White, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine (and three other major publications before that). On top of an impressive 14-year tenure at Cosmo — where she grew its readership by 700,000 and solidified the magazine’s spot as the bestselling monthly on the newsstand at the time — Kate is a novelist, speaker, and recipient of the Matrix Award for outstanding achievement in communication and the Woodhall Institute For Ethical Leadership Victoria Award. She’s also a wife and mother of two.
In her latest career guide, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask For the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve, which came out in paperback this month, Kate reveals her strategies on getting ahead in the workplace.
We asked her to share her success secrets with us. Here they are, in her own words.
No. 1 Don’t Let Your Job Get in the Way of Your Career.
We get so caught up in managing our jobs that we don't remember the career stuff. One day when I was in my early 30s, I looked at the age of women who were editors in chief of their first magazines. I began to realize they were all around 38 years old — so I didn't have all that much time.
I took a couple of public speaking courses with the idea of preparing, even if I didn't know it was what I wanted for sure. And networking is so important. I've said networking isn't everything — it's the only thing. In our careers, we let that go when we aren't actively looking for our next job, but you should really be networking all the time.
No. 2 Don’t be Afraid to Say No.
Sometimes it’s OK to say no to opportunities, if you feel it is going to be too much at this moment. After the Anne-Marie Slaughter piece [“Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic], there was a lot of talk about mothers having it all. I just think you always have to make trade-offs as a parent, trade-offs in your marriage, in your beauty routine, in your fitness routine, etc. You may not be able to have every opportunity during some really busy periods in your life . . . But as long as you’re keeping a lot of vitality in your career and you’re networking, another opportunity will come around.