Citibank Presents: The Top 10 Ways Women Sabotage Their Careers

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While interviewing at Citibank, blogger David Xia’s (Via Dealbreaker) friend stole a laminated list that was apparently laid out on every desk in the firm’s HR department, entitled:

“What Not To Do: What Women Do To Sabotage Their Careers, Top 10 Things To Remember.”

The list is inspired by recommendations in a book called, “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.”

We don’t know if this was a serious push by Citi HR or whether they found the list as ridiculous as we did, but either way, the tips on how women should improve their body and spoken language are worth a read.

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title=”6. apologise – women apologise for the smallest error which erodes your self-confidence. Men tend to move into problem solving mode.”
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