Chaz Pitts-Kyser is a writer and speaker
Chaz Pitts-Kyser is a writer and speaker with a passion for empowering college students, young
How people manage and become successful in their careers has fascinated Chaz since she first started working at the age of 14 selling popcorn at a $1 movie theater. Of course, in time she moved up at the movie theater (to selling tickets) and then on to bigger and better things with the help of a quality education and a good dose of industriousness and luck.
At the age of 21, she became one of the youngest African-Americans in the nation to serve as the managing editor of a black-owned weekly newspaper. While working in this position and struggling with life after college, the idea for a career guide for female college graduates came to her. However, she had to wait until she had more career and real-life experiences to publish it.
Those experiences soon came through more than a dozen jobs, four job losses, a move across the United States and back, an engagement, a broken engagement, feeling secure with lots of money in the bank, negative account balances, dealing with depression from not knowing what she was going to do with her life, and navigating the winding path that led to a career she loves: helping college students and young professionals create careers and lives they love!
Chaz with Kent State University students after presenting a workshop on overcoming self-doubt and fear of failure (yes, men attend too!)
In 2007, she published her first career guide, Embracing the Real World: The Black Woman's Guide to Life After College. The book remains the first and only book published that addresses the unique experiences black women graduating from college face upon entering the workforce. For her work on this ground-breaking book that served to uplift and coach thousands of young black women, Chaz was honored by Tyra Banks as one of four black women making black history in 2008. This also started her career as a sought-after speaker on career/life topics. She regards serving as the commencement speaker for DeVry University-Houston’s graduating class as one of her most memorable experiences.
Given the success of the book, Chaz was inspired to develop a book for women of all ethnicities that was even more comprehensive and inspiring. Careeranista: The Woman’s Guide to Success After College is filled with information that has given countless young women the confidence and knowledge needed to build careers even more fulfilling than they imagined.
Through her company, Careeranista, Chaz is now working to inspire and educate young women with career articles and videos on a range of topics, as well as profiles of rising stars in various industries. Careeranista will also be launching books, e-guides and other products created to better position young women for success in every area of their lives.
Check out Chaz's published advice and articles:
"What It Means to Be Politically Savvy in the Office" (Levo League)
"How Do I Ask for a Raise?" (Recruiter.com)
"The 3 Biggest Workplace Mistakes" (U.S. News & World Report)
"How to Make Public Speaking Easy (Business2Community.com)
"Staying the Course Isn't Always a Smart Strategy"
(The Denver Post)
"9 Social Media No-No's (Boston.com)
"4 Work Problems You Shouldn't Waste Your Time On" (Monster.com)
"6 Tips to Rock Your First Job" (U.S. News & World Report)
"What's In a Name?" (ResumeGenius.com)
"Q&A With The Careeranista" (Findtherightjob.com)
"Got Your Diploma? Tips for College Grads" (Madamenoire.com)
"15 Cover Letter Mistakes" (BusinessNewsDaily.com)
"Tips for Landing Your Dream Job" (Indianapolis Recorder)
"Become More Employable" (UnderGrad Success)
"10 Mistakes Every First-Time Job Seeker Makes" (Careerbuilder.com)
"7 Signs You're About to be Fired" (Monster.com)
"Workplace Romance" (Examiner.com)
"BRAVE Spotlight" (FlyHighCoaching.com)
"Handling a New Job and New Problems" (TheWorkBuzz.com)
"Best Job Search Tips" (FlexJobs.com)
"30 Smart Career Moves You Should Make by 30" (LearnVest)
"Should You Quit Your Job?" (Career-Intelligence)
"How to Stand Up to Your Boss" (Levo League)
"Are You Networking With the Wrong People" (The Network Journal)
"Do Hiring Managers Care About Your Online Reputation?" (Online Reputation Management)
"10 resume tips and tricks" (Netcredit.com)