Women and Negotiation – ABC World News Tonight

I made an appearance on ABC World News Tonight for Equal Pay Day:

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Only a few points made it to the segment. What I really wanted to say is that even though, yes, there are challenges to salary negotiation for women, it’s important to remember that for any one woman (and I’m talking to you here!) you only have to worry about your negotiation, not changing the world. There are always things you can do to improve your negotiation skills!

How To Negotiate Severance – Forbes.com

Connie comments on negotiating severance in Susan Adams’ latest piece for Forbes.com: How To Negotiate Severance:

New York career coach Connie Thenasoulis-Cerrachio, who previously worked in human resources for Citigroup C +1.34%, Pfizer PFE +0.07% and Merrill Lynch, says if you’re working on a long-term project or you see a particular need in your department, it’s worth it to offer to complete your assignment and to take on another task. A colleague of hers was about to be let go but wound up filling in for someone more senior who was heading out on maternity leave. He proved himself so valuable that he wound up getting promoted twice.

Read the full article at Forbes.com: How To Negotiate Severance.

5 Career Moves To Make This Year – Fox Business

In my latest appearance on the Fox Business Career Accelerator show, I cover 5 career moves to make this year:

You can see more detail on each of these moves in my blog post on the same topic: Get A Fresh Career Start: 5 Things To Do Differently THIS Year.

Which one are you going to try?

How To Negotiate Salary – Fox Business

I return to Fox Business Career Accelerator to share salary negotiation tips. Remember value over cost. Your compensation is not about cost to the company, but about the value you bring!

Financial Resolutions Should Include Career – SixFigureStart on PBS Nightly Business Report

I’m excited to share career tips on a CNBC segment for the PBS Nightly Business Report. While the segment focuses on financial resolutions, it smartly includes career resolutions, as your ability to earn a salary or launch and grow a business is a major financial asset. This makes updating your skills, maintaining your network and promoting your thought leadership smart financial moves. Jump to minute 23:42 for the start of the segment and 24:45 for the career portion specifically:

Today.com and NBR.com also posted a summary of the segment:

Increase your income and secure your most valuable asset – your career – by making your work indispensable
Your income is likely your greatest financial asset. Like other assets, you want it to appreciate over time. The key to increasing your salary, say career experts, is to make yourself indispensable at work.

“Your company has to need you. Your industry has to need you. Your customers have to need you,” says career expert Caroline Ceniza-Levine, co-founder of Six Figure Start, based in New York. “So you have to be that person where if restructuring happens, if cuts need to be made, if they need to select something for something high profile, they’re going to say ‘We need to have you on that team’.”

Ceniza-Levine suggests taking these steps to help secure your most valuable asset – your career.

  1. Get noticed. Volunteer to lead a project or speak at an event.
  2. Keep your expertise up-to-date. Read industry blogs and trade journals.
  3. Strengthen your network. Meet with a new colleague or reconnect with an old one at least once a month


SixFigureStart on Fox Business – When To Come To Work (Or Not) On A Snow Day

I return to Fox Business Career Accelerator to talk with Lauren Simonetti about braving a blizzard to get to work. Should you do it?

SixFigureStart in Pacific Daily News: 10 Things Smart Job Seekers Do

What separates the smart job seeker from others looking for employment? I am excited to be included in Beth Braccio Hering’s tips round-up for job seekers:

1. They realize a potential job lead could be anywhere.

Smart job seekers aren’t afraid to mention occupational aspirations to their book club, their parents’ friends or their dentist. (One never knows whose golf partner might be the ticket to getting a foot in the door.) Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a partner at SixFigureStart — a career coaching firm in New York City composed of former Fortune 500 recruiters — recommends putting your LinkedIn public profile hyperlink in your automatic email signature.

2. They surf job boards for more than just open positions.

Ceniza-Levine calls job boards “gold mines” for research. ìYou might see companies you didn’t know before — add these to your list of targets. You might see the same requirements again and again — this indicates a standard for the job you want, so incorporate these items into your pitch and cover letters.”

Read 8 more tips about 10 Things Smart Job Seekers Do.


SixFigureStart in Quartz: The Complete Guide To Setting Goals

I am excited to share a goal-setting tip for Vickie Elmer’s post on Quartz:

4.  Don’t underestimate yourself

…“A lot of people underestimate how much they can get done in a long period of time,” said career coach Caroline Ceniza-Levine. Just make sure you create sub-goals or check-ins every month or once a quarter so that you’re able to make adjustments along the way.

The Complete Guide To Setting Goals contains 6 suggestions overall. Continue reading at Quartz.com.


Branding Yourself with Style – Doubt The Doubts

A few weeks back I was interviewed by Paul Blais (@pdblais), Founder & Host of the Doubt The Doubts Podcast. The podcast is one of the top podcast in iTunes and focuses on “Killing The Doubts That Kill The Dreams”. During the podcast we talked about how important your reputation is for branding.

In the interview Paul drew out of me not only my story, but also some struggles I went through, successes I found, and then he finished the interview drawing out what he calls my “sage wisdom.” I would love for you to hear the story of my journey. Take a listen below and let me know what you think:



Tips For Relocating A Business – SixFigureStart in Executive Travel

I am excited to be profiled in Executive Travel along with my business coaching client, Anne Coates McGrath, on how to successfully relocate a business. Some highlights:

When Anne Coates McGrath moved her business, A McGrath Design, from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Anchorage, Alaska, in 2012, she faced a big challenge: how to maintain relationships with existing clients from 4,000 miles away—while building a base of customers in her new location. This story has a happy ending. McGrath learned that, with deliberate strategies in place, she could keep close ties to long-distance clients via phone and email (peppered with in-person visits) and evolve to a more national business….

Executive Travel: What advice do you generally give clients when they’re moving a business, Caroline?

Caroline Ceniza-Levine: It’s always news that you’re moving. Don’t forget to let everyone know, in your old location and the new one. Take advantage of that to reach out to folks and say, I’m new to the area. There’s always a honeymoon period when you’re new. Anne definitely took advantage of that….

ET: What advice did you give Anne for meeting new clients, Caroline?

Ceniza-Levine: The move was a great opportunity to build her business more systematically. She had that sensibility of working with cultural institutions. She had that pedigree of Los Angeles and New York. We played that up and asked, “How can we systematically go through the organizations that are there and be targeted and smart about the people we meet?” Anne has already met with some key influencers in the cultural institution world….

ET: What tips do you have for others considering moving a business, Caroline?

Ceniza-Levine: First, run the numbers to verify that your new geography can support your business—don’t just estimate. If you consult for nonprofits in the children’s space [for example], then look up how many nonprofits your new city has with this specialty….

Read the full article at Executive Travel: Tips for Relocating a Business.