Kelsey Manning

Kelsey Manning

I'm a freelance writer

covering a wide variety of topics, from business and career development to fashion and lifestyle. My work has appeared on Refinery29, TIME, Fast Company, and more. By day, I work in book publishing.

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I Currently Have 4 Jobs—Is This the New Normal?

I never thought anything was unusual about my current working situation until I explained it to my dad: “Well, I’m working at Hachette Monday through Thursday 9-5, I do work for Kate White on the commute back and forth, during my lunch break, and on Fridays, and I write for...

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Learning to Code on the Job

Week one of my new job I was in a full-scale internal panic. Why? I was a Web Producer who only knew the very basics of coding. Yeah, the justified kind of panic. I certainly didn’t misrepresent my skills in what was a very short interview for a temporary position....

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How to Make Your Inbox a Work of Art

I don’t want to brag, but my email inbox is one of my most complimented possessions. It baffles me when people regularly say things like, “It got lost in my inbox,” or “I have 839 unread emails.” How do you survive? How can you be productive with that kind of...

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7 Book Series That Will Rekindle Your Love of Reading

National Reading Month has me thinking about books that make us fall in love with reading to begin with. To quote my friend’s college application essay (yes, I loved it so much that I remember it to this day), “it was Harry Potter that sparked my love of reading, which...

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Subject Lines That Will Get Your Emails Read

There’s always that moment when you’ve crafted the perfect email, re-read it twice, confirmed your contact’s email address, and find yourself staring at a blank subject line wondering how to proceed.

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The Best Negotiation Books for 2015

If there’s one thing we believe at Levo (there are many things but sure let’s call it one), it’s that working women need to know how to negotiate and #askformore. As always, that’s far easier said than done.

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2015 Resolutions for My First Post-Grad Year

Since graduating from the University of Notre Dame in May, I was passed over for what I thought was my dream job. I busied myself with four part-time, freelance, or temporary jobs, all at the same time. I taught myself how to code on the job. I covered my first...

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What 9 Millennials Did After College (Instead of Starting a Full-Time Job)

“So…do you know what you’re doing next year?” Sound familiar? If you’re about to graduate from college, I have no doubt that it does. That question and I became intimately acquainted last year around this time when I was preparing to graduate from Notre Dame. And did I have an...

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How to Deal When Your Company Moves to an Open Floor Plan

“I feel like I’m being not only demoted, but punished. Every day I walk in and think, I must be being punished for something.” While so many companies are moving to completely open floor plans, there’s bound to be some discontent, especially among those who previously held offices. I recently...

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5 Myths About Post-Grad Life That Are Simply NOT True

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of hearing about how much being a Millennial sucks.

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How to Stop Yourself from Overscheduling

Over the past six months, my calendar has become a battle zone. Networking lunches, coffees, drinks, dinners, and events compete for limited slots in the work week—I view the available slots as two per week day, excluding Friday night, which I reserve for Netflix and sleep. On the weekends, I’m...

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The Pros and Cons of Exercising Before and After Work

Early birds can never seem to say enough about the joys of morning exercise. Like we get it, you’re super awake right now. But if you’re not a morning person, waking up an extra hour and a half earlier sounds not only like torture, but also physically impossible. So is...

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13 Ways to Look Your Best During a Video Interview

With over 63 percent of companies interviewing prospective employees via video, it is more than likely you’ll have to experience the dreaded Skype interview at some point in your professional life. For all you soon-to-graduate seniors or juniors who are finishing up semesters abroad, that time is......

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6 Wildly Successful Young Power Couples You Should Know

There is something endlessly fascinating about the romantic dynamics between two people with a high level of individual success. Jay-Z and Beyonce, Bill and Hillary, George and Amal…we’re a culture obsessed with power couples. Fortune recently reported on a study about the “other halves” of highl......

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What 9 Millennials Did After College (Instead of Starting a Full-Time Job)

“So…do you know what you’re doing next year?” Sound familiar? If you’re about to graduate from college, I have no doubt that it does. That question and I became intimately acquainted last year around this time when I was preparing to graduate from Notre Dame. And did I have an...