20 Careers Where Women Outnumber Men
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2011
I know that Tuesday was International Working Women’s Day, but since I think we should celebrate working women (and men!) everyday, I decided to hold off on this post so it could get some air time on one of the other 364 days of the year when women are making meaningful contributions to the world of work. According to a recent report by Forbes, there are 20 careers dominated by women. The top 5 are: 1. Registered Nurses...
Women’s Liberation: Is having so many options really a good thing?
by Hallie Crawford - Mar, 2011
As I’ve worked with younger career clients over the years, I’ve noticed a theme, especially with my female clients. This may not be the most popular perspective but here it goes… Women’s Liberation gave us a lot of great things, the right to vote, more equal pay (although still not perfectly equal as we know) and more career choices than ever. Did it also give us women the burden of being more confused than ever in our earl...
Gender and Job Seekers
by Judith Lindenberger - Feb, 2011
The current economy has kept me busy doing career coaching for people who have lost their jobs. So last week, when I heard a radio segment on letters of recommendation, I listened. Researchers from Rice University analyzed over 600 letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation for both women and men used positive words; however, traditionally feminine attributes such as “nurturing”, “kind” and “agreeable” were u...
5 Mistakes Women Make in Building Their Careers
by Dwain Celistan - Jan, 2011
In your career, there are many opportunities to make positive things happen and avoid unfortunate mistakes. It is helpful to be aware of potential pitfalls. Beyond awareness, you need to have actions that can be taken to prevent or overcome suboptimal decisions. The good news is that there are several women who are positive role models. Many women have successfully navigated the hurdles to high levels of success across m...
Social Network Your Career Success
by Wendy Adams - Dec, 2010
Hey girl, are you a new grad? Consider owning your own business. Women have gained in the controlling share of the current “spend”, racking up over 3 trillion dollars in revenues through women-owned business in the last year. Our very nature assigns our gender to find the greatest success in developing and maintaining positive and harmonious relationships. However, for the first time in history, we are now competing on very...
How to Get Your Resume Read (Sort of)
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2010
This month's Career Collective topic is common job search misperceptions. My post is about resume writing misperceptions. You can read the topics by my esteemed colleagues by following the links at the end of this post. It's probably no surprise to you that hiring managers don't read every resume they receive. And you may also know that they don't read any resume in its entirety; instead they scan the resume to find releva...
How Millennial Women Are Shaping Our Future
by Lindsey Pollak - Oct, 2010
It's not easy for twentysomething women these days. Every day there are stories in the media about Generation Y: They have helicopter parents who run their lives! They are a "lost generation" who will never find jobs! They are coddled and entitled and can't pay attention for more than 140 characters at a time! While there are certainly truths underneath these headlines -- many Gen Ys look for parental support, they are f...
How Real Women Get Ahead
by Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
Forget what you heard about ¡§being one of the boys,¡¨ ¡§having it all,¡¨ and ¡§going for the jugular.¡¨ Here is how real women get ahead. Get In Line According to Catalyst¡¦s 2002 Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners, women fill less than ten percent of line positions held by corporate officers and just 5.2% of top earners at Fortune 500 companies are women. Is there a correlation? Absolutely. Half of wome...
The Beauty With The Briefcase
by Amanda Guralski - Jun, 2010
Back when I was in college, I fully subscribed to the philosophy of one Ani DiFranco, patron saint of angst-filled young women. One of her songs, “32 Flavors”, rang profoundly true for me, especially this verse: God help you if you are an ugly girl/’Course too pretty is also your doom/’Cause everyone harbors a secret resentment/for the prettiest girl in the room... Isn’t that the truth? As women, we just can’t win. If we...
The Fight for Equality Continues, More Subtle, But Still There
by Eva Jenkins - Jun, 2010
While ‘first wave’ gender discrimination was defined by intentional acts of bias that are now prohibited by law, business consultant and professional coach Eva Jenkins points to insidious ‘second wave’ practices embedded in organizational workings that may seem unbiased, but result in different treatment for women and men. As America approaches the 50th anniversary of the feminist movement that grew from the civil rights mo...
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