Job & Career

What It's Like to Have the Most Powerful Woman in America as Your Boss

Embracing change has led María Cristina “MC” González Noguera places she never imagined. While vice president of corporate communications at Estée Lauder, she was tapped to become communications director for Michelle Obama. Now back at the beauty brand in a new role, González Noguera spoke with Real Simple about being nimble when opportunity knocks.

5 Times It’s Hard to Say No (And How to Do It Anyway)

Chances are, you’ll find common ground—and useful lessons—in the following scenarios from Real Simple readers and staff.

This Crowdfunding Platform Will Change the Way Women Raise Money

Founder Karen Cahn hasn’t just created a platform—she has created a community.

10 Ways to Cope With Anxiety

Need help managing your worries? Follow this psychologist’s advice.

5 Interview Mistakes That Could Cost You the Job

Your handshake is firm, your eye contact is exceptional, and your thank-you notes are the perfect mix of professionalism and personality. But hold on: Are you bringing in a Big Gulp?! Experts share the less obvious uh-ohs that could derail your chances.    

How to Get Back Into the Workforce

Whether you’ve been home raising kids, on furlough due to downsizing, or out for family issues, Jennifer Gefsky, a cofounder of Après, a company specializing in career transitions, has smart strategies for coming back strong.

10 Things You Need In Your Office “Emergency” Kit

With these items on hand at work, you’ll be able to avoid a fashion faux pas and fend off unexpected discomfort.

Kirsten Gillibrand On Why She Hates the Phrase ‘Having It All’

The Senator from New York opens up about appearance, sexism and how competitive sports helped her succeed

These Are the Best Places to Live If You’re a Working Mom

Upside? The work-life balance. Downside? It’s cold.