About Alyssa Best

Alyssa Best helps people identify their dream careers and provides them with the tools to achieve their goals. As a career coach, trainer, and speaker based in Washington, DC, she offers guidance and skills on topics related to career and professional development to build leadership for social change. She previously served as the Chair of WIN’s Professional Development Series. She has mentored and worked with women at Wider Opportunities for Women, Center for Progressive Leadership, and the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University. See her website at www.alyssabest.com.

Salary Negotiation Step 2: Do Your Research on a Market Rate

As a follow-up to my previous post where I encouraged you to delay talking about money, let’s pick up with the next step in the salary negotiation process. It’s so important to do your homework on market standards and identify an appropriate salary range.

The first way to do this is by tapping your network. When

Salary Negotiation Step 1: Delay Talking About Money

During the State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to enact legislation guaranteeing that women and men receive equal pay for equal work. “I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year,” he said.  

I agree that

So, What’s Your Motivational Mantra?

When it comes to the job search process, my clients know that one of my mantras is: “When in doubt, refer to the job posting.” I use this phrase all of the time when people come to me with questions about how to tailor their resume, what to include in their cover letter, or what

Career Lessons Learned in Yoga Class: The Practice of Letting Go

In yoga class, my teacher often leads us through the practice of letting go – controlling our breath, softening places in the body where we hold stress, and building awareness of tension in the body and how to release it. The cumulative effect is designed to feel more spacious, relaxed, and lighter by the time

Career Lessons Learned in Yoga Class: Flowing Through Transitions

As we approach a pivotal time of year of transitions with the holidays, Winter Solstice, and the New Year around the corner, it’s an important time to check in and center ourselves amidst a lot of activity. As a yoga teacher recently reminded me in class: flowing through transitions between poses is just as important

Career Lessons Learned in Yoga Class: Stay Focused on Your Mat

In yoga class, it’s easy to get caught up in what other people are doing on their mats.  When you let your eyes stray, you might see that the person next to you is doing a terrific handstand or triangle pose and feel a twinge of envy. On the flip side, you might see someone

Setting Priorities and Boundaries for a Work-Life Balance

I recently spoke at two different workshops dedicated to the perennial question of work-life balance. How do you achieve it? Is it really possible?

A few themes that came up in both conversations revolved around feelings of guilt for leaving work at a reasonable hour or putting one’s needs first, setting boundaries around use of e-mail/technology

Setting Intentions During Seasonal Transitions

Last weekend, I attended a special yoga workshop focused on the seasonal transition between winter and spring.  We reflected on the past couple of months while simultaneously preparing for spring. Interestingly enough, the special focus was on cleansing and activating kidney energy, the body part associated with winter. We set intentions for what we hope

Take a Night Off!

Does it feel indulgent to consider taking a weekday night off from your work, projects, or other responsibilities? Do you feel inklings of guilt creeping up just thinking about it? Do you obsess over the e-mails that will go unanswered when you take a break from your computer?

I know I do.  As a result, my career

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LYJ (Love Your Job) Search in DC Starts March 2!

I’m excited to offer my second class for women job seekers in DC beginning March 2 for five consecutive Tuesdays. See all of the details here. I look forward to working with talented women in DC on their job searches. Please email me at alyssa@alyssabest.com for more info and to secure a spot.

Here are a couple of testimonials from participants in