ll archives: Career Contessa's Lauren McGoodwin
We are absolutely thrilled to share today's Ladypreneur We Love with you guys! Lauren McGoodwin of Career Contessa (a women's career website we love!), joins us today to chat about navigating her own professional learning curve to create Career Contessa, how she handles "business-lady-breakdowns," and so much more!
Name: Lauren McGoodwin
Current location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Where are you from? Portland, Oregon
Education: BA in Education from University of Oregon, MA in Communication Management from USC
Business & Formal Title: Founder + CEO, Career Contessa
Tell us about Career Contessa. How did it come to be? What are/is your goals/mission? Career Contessa is women’s career development site. Our primary content feature is an informational interview series that showcases the career paths of successful women. Through our tailored interviews, we offer readers the chance to get the real story behind what her job is and how she got there.
The idea came about while I was navigating my own professional learning curve. I felt lost and frustrated because, although I was ambitious, I lacked the career direction I needed to help direct my ambition. I browsed the Internet for career resources and yet, I couldn’t find one that simply said, “Hey, here are different types of jobs, here’s what the day-to-day is like and here is how you can get the job.” I wanted the career search and not just job application process simplified, so I created Career Contessa.
Our goal is to continue putting together content that solves our readers’ biggest career frustrations. I’ve been in the exact same place as our readers, and I’m on a mission to create a career platform that helps women replace job searching with job found.
What did you do before? Prior to Career Contessa I worked as a Recruiter for Hulu.
What did you think you’d be doing now whenever you were 10? At 10 I was just discovering my love for magazines so I probably wanted to work for a fashion magazine.
Would you describe Career Contessa as your “dream job”? Why or why not? What constitutes a dream job for you? I would describe CC as my dream job because I feel fulfilled at the end of each day. Career fulfillment means something different to each person, but I feel fulfilled when I’m able to make an impact and can see the progress I’m making. CC also delivers new challenges and projects so, I never feel stagnant in my career.
What does your daily routine consist of? I’m pretty serious about my morning routine and, luckily, I’m also a very early bird. Every morning starts with some exercise—usually a run or exercise class (I’m currently into kickboxing). Next comes coffee, answering emails and diving into my to-do list. It’s a nice thing to be able to start work knowing I’ve gotten some “me” time in already and it sets the rest of my day in motion.
I like to divide my day into two-hour sessions with breaks in-between. I’m more creative in the morning so I like to take on projects around strategy or writing at that time and spend a big chunk of my afternoon either in meetings, fulfilling admin duties or checking in with the team. I’ve found this to be my best strategy for being productive. This is especially important for people that need to tackle a variety of projects each day!
Entrepreneurs breathe their businesses. How do you balance work and life? Do you think that’s even possible? Everyday can’t (and won’t!) be a 50/50 balance between work and life, and that’s ok. Some days crossing more items off my work to-do list leaves me just as satisfied as a great yoga date with a girlfriend. I find balance by not separating life and work so much that I feel torn between the two.
You have to do it and you hate it – what is your least favorite task to do at Career Contessa? Probably public speaking. I do a lot of it and I have a strong love/ hate relationship with it. I’m still waiting for it to get easier and less nerve-racking!
How do you unwind from what we like to call, “business-lady-breakdowns”? You know, those days when the entire universe is wrong. Oh, yes. I’m well aware of these moments and I’m trying to get better at how I manage them. The two best ways I manage these moments are through in-person get togethers with other women entrepreneurs and talking a walk - either alone or with a friend. I find that the anxiety I experience in those moments needs a physical outlet like walking, talking, etc.
Top 5 favorite cities? Austin, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and college towns. Ann Arbor, MI is a current favorite.
Red, White, Sparkling or stronger? Red
Tell us the best place to eat in your city. If it’s your kitchen, share your best recipe. Currently, I’m a fan of Dia de Campo in Hermosa Beach, CA.
Words to live by: Everything happens for a reason
In 2-5 years you’ll be: A dog-owner. Ok, seriously. My biggest goal is that CC continues to grow, inspire and becomes a go-to resource for women looking to find and create fulfilling careers.
On being a woman entrepreneur: Grateful! I think it’s important it is to wake up everyday excited about what you do. I’m lucky to say that I do. I love working at Career Contessa, applying my recruiting interests and personal passions.