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Career advice from Hill Holliday president Karen Kaplan

Posted by Jesse Nunes  November 4, 2009 10:09 AM

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kaplan100.jpgKaren Kaplan, president of Boston-based advertising agency Hill Holliday, as well as president of the Massachusetts Women's Forum, a group of 100 top female executives in the state, spoke with former Globe reporter Sasha Talcott about her unique career path, and also offered some advice for younger job seekers out there. Here's an excerpt:

Q: What career advice do you have for younger professionals?

I think being confident and optimistic is so important. You have to be really open to continuous improvement. You have to be curious, open and empathetic. These days, in particular, you have to be really versatile.

I just think if you're willing to outwork everyone one else, it's not very hard to do, frankly. From the very beginning, I thought, "If I work one more hour a day and a couple of hours on the weekend, I'll pass people who have a 10-year head start on me."

To read the full Q&A with Kaplan, click here.

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  1. Why do I continually see a focus only on the younger professional or the graduate. How about the older professional, the ones who have been laid off the most and who have the hardest time recovering and finding work since most businesses find ways not to hire anyone over 50.

    Posted by Alice Kneel November 5, 09 09:25 AM

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