Why the November Issue of Essence Will Encourage You to Rock at Your Career

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Last night before watching my favorite tv show, I did a little reading. You know, something more enlightening before turning on the tube. My mom recently shared her copy of the Essence magazine November 2015 issue. (Good lookin out mom! 😉 ) And what a treat it is! Besides Taraji owning every pixel of that front cover, there’s so much great content inside. The “Our #Lifegoals Guide” gives a number of pointers on how to rock your career.

I’m not getting paid by Essence for this post (sad face). Though I thought the November issue was too incredible not to share (smiley face)! So I figured I’d give a few very brief summaries and takeaways.

Pause…I must alert the guys – many of these articles are geared toward the ladies. But it doesn’t mean the same tips and advice can’t apply to you. 🙂 End pause.

If you don’t already have a copy, please go out and purchase it. I promise it won’t disappoint!

How To Be Happy At Work (pg. 78)

Tips on how to be happier at work as told by a few very influential women.

  • Don’t Tolerate Complaints
  • Give Back
  • Envision Success
  • Be Authentic
  • Take A Break
  • Remain In The Moment


  • “I find a quiet place to recharge, like my office or my car, before heading to a meeting.”

–Hattie Hill, President and CEO of Women’s Foodservice Forum

  • “Too much time spent thinking about the past can contribute to workplace anxiety.”

– Patricia Simon, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist at Yale University School of Medicine

Secrets to a Stellar Career (pg. 88)

Profiles of 5 professional women who offer insight on how they made moves in their careers.


  • Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO TaskRabbit volunteered to do her manager’s work in order to get experience that would take her career to the next level.

5 Ways to Standout In a Job Interview (pg. 91)

Well I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. 😉


“Show rather than tell.” Tameika L. Pope, Chief Human Capital Officer for Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System suggests to take a portfolio with samples of your accomplishments into your interview.

Women of the White House (pg. 94)

Talk about inspirational?! Kuddos to Essence for this treat of wise words from the outstanding Black women representing President Obama’s administration.


“Never take a job that doesn’t terrify [you]. Those are the jobs worth doing”

– Adaeze Enekwechi, Associate Director for Health, Office of Management and Budget

What I Know Now (pg. 138)

These are my favorite. I love hearing words from the seasoned and wise. Museum curator, Thelma Golden, shares a few life lessons.


The hardest lesson I’ve ever had to learn was… ‘To be motivated by what I am drawn toward instead of what I am feeling pushed by.’ ”


A heartfelt thank you to Essence for this plethora of knowledge and inspiration in the November issue! Please go out and pick up a copy to read cover to cover. There’s so much more that I didn’t even get to dish on. So let me know what you think once you have a look for yourself!



  1. Essence editors did a great job covering the topics career minded folks want to read about. Appreciate the shout out, just couldn’t resist passing along the knowledge! Tiff you’re such a great writer. I can see you writing for Essence Magazine ( Yeah I put it out in the universe, The Secret!!)

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