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10 Ways to Become a Girl on Top
By Nicole Williams,
Author of Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success

She knows how to work a room, she's always impeccably dressed, and no matter how hard you might try you just can't seem to break her confidence. Hate her or love her, everyone wants to be her. Here are 10 tactics to achieving your own Girl on Top status:

  1. Know what you want and have the guts to ask for it. There's nothing worse than being completely tongue-tied when you finally get face time with your boss.

  1. Never offer up too much information -- maintaining an air of mystery is always better than being an open book. If you show all of your cards too soon, there'll be no incentive to keep listening to you.

  1. Know the difference between being nice and being respected, and always opt for the latter. This isn't high school. There's more at stake than a seat at the "cool" lunch table.

  1. Don't make excuses. If you mess up, take the blame and move on. After awhile, people won't remember the mistake -- but they will recall how you tried to weasel out of it.

  1. Live by the rule of One Sexy Thing and pick one body part to flaunt each day. A little leg goes a long way and there's a fine line between subtly sexy and streetwalker.

  1. Quit badmouthing in-house competition, but always be kept in the gossip loop. It's fine to know what's going on, so long as you aren't the one whose lips are moving.

  1. Don't waste half a second on those who just aren't that into you. For every one employer who doesn't want you, there are 10 who do. Don't waste your energy on those who don't appreciate your talents.

  1. Never let yourself become complacent. When it comes down to it, no one is indispensable.

  1. Always have other more attractive options. When the time comes to move on you'll want that to be your decision, not your employer's.

  1. Never, ever, let them see you sweat. Leave the room, leave the building if you have to, but never let on that you're in over your head.

©2009 Nicole Williams, author of Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success

Author Bio

Nicole Williams, author of Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, is the best-selling author of Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success and Earn What You're Worth, and the founder of WORKS by Nicole Williams, the first media and content company marketed toward young professional women. Her advice is featured regularly in major media outlets including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. Nicole also regularly appears on The Today Show, ABC's Primetime, Good Morning America, Fox News, and CNN.

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