She Wasn’t Hired Because Of Her Looks? Elizabeth Bentivegna’s Lesson In Humility And Entitlement

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When dealing with matters of gender equality, there is nothing more egregious than pulling the unsubstantiated "I wasn't hired because I am a woman" card. The issue of women receiving unfair treatment by their male counterparts has been well-documented.  I don't doubt for a minute that women experience scathing discrimination in STEM fields.  However, it isn't limited to just tech - other fields experience this as well.  So many of us know what it feels like to work really hard only to be bypassed by a man with lesser qualifications.  It happens!  But we need to know when to put the sword down, accept our flaws and understand how they impact our ability to get ahead. Elizabeth Bentivegna's story came across my news feed this morning and after reading it I just thought to myself: … [Read more...]

Why You Might Consider A Career In Criminal Justice – I Did

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On popular TV shows like "CSI" and “Criminal Minds," actors play almost clairvoyant crime solvers who track down offenders and lock them up — usually in fewer than 50 minutes. The crimes depicted are usually serious because, of course, drama sells. The reality, though, is that criminal justice involves much more than just solving crimes. Most offenders are not murderers, rapists, and the like who need to be tracked down by mind-hunter squads. Some are really just petty criminals. Many suffer from addictions or mental illness or come from low socio-economic backgrounds, all of which can negatively influence their life decisions.  On the other hand, some criminals flirt with the white collar brand of crimes which tend to make national headlines. As a woman who graduated with an … [Read more...]

Want Job Security? Check Out The Booming Jobs In Healthcare

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Healthcare is a booming industry!  I hate to say it but people will always need help in this area which creates demand.  This means the supply must match and keep up with the demand.  With an aging population, and people living longer than ever, now is a prime time to enter the health care industry. Whether you’re new to the workforce or looking for a career change, studying a field within the area of health or social services is set to put you in good stead for future jobs. In fact, according to a report released earlier in the year by Indeed.com, the job bulletin board, many of the most in-demand jobs for 2015 are actually found in the health care industry. In addition, in the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics’ ten-year projections for industry growth (covering 2012 to 2022), the … [Read more...]

5 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2015

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IGotTheJob

If you want to love your job and your employer, the tech industry is the place to be. A recent survey by job site GlassDoor showed that tech companies have some of the highest employee satisfaction rates in the workforce. Another GlassDoor survey asked employees to rank the culture and values of their employers, and again, tech came out on top. Technology companies accounted for half of the top-ranked businesses. For those of you looking for the best of the best, here are the five hottest tech companies to work for this year. Google Google remains a highly sought-after employer in the tech industry. Both Fortune and GlassDoor ranked Google the No. 1 company to work for in 2015. It's not hard to understand why techies love Google -- the compensation is nearly unparalleled, the talent pool … [Read more...]

4 Of The Best Career Lessons From Jobs I Hated

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Hate is a strong word, but I've been there.   And I suspect you have too. Getting up everyday for a loathsome job we detest for any number of reasons. Moody menopausal boss. Coworkers with personalities that rival Gemma from Sons of Anarchy.  Clients who force you to reconsider your reason for living. Been there.  Punched the clock! However, at the time, I had no idea the lessons that were being shoved down my throat would be invaluable.  I'm certainly aware of them now.  These are lessons I would have never learned had I not been put in certain positions. Honoring My Worth After my divorce I accepted a position far below my what experience and credentials demanded at the time.  Let's say 20k below what I am being paid now.  At the time, I didn't know exactly how … [Read more...]

You’ve Hired Guest Speakers. Here’s How to Treat Them Right.

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Your business event is underway, and you’ve hired the perfect guest speaker to teach and motivate your employees. Here’s how you can treat your speaker the right way before, during, and after your event. Before the Event Take an honest look at your capabilities when it comes to event planning. If you need help with video creation, presentation, and live event setup, you might benefit from working with a full-service bureau, like Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau, which can help with staging the speech instead of hiring an independent speaker and doing staging on your own. Once you’ve chosen your speaker, put all of the logistical arrangements in writing. Agree to pick your speaker up at the airport if he or she is coming from out of town, and get the name of an emergency contact in … [Read more...]

Coco-Cola: Empowering Women, Improving Lives via #5by20

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In continuing our spirit of supporting women in becoming financially independent, today I'd like to share with you Coco-Cola's new campaign - 5by20.  This campaign is close to my own heart because I am personally invested in seeing women attain financial success.  Whether they make just enough to cover their expenses and save for a rainy day or they become wildly successful beyond their dreams - I'm here for it.   Owning and managing this website as well as running a private practice - I understand the growing pains of a business while balancing family obligations.  After watching the videos of the women in the program, I started to think about my own journey as an entrepreneur.  The ups and downs and especially the times when I've wanted to quit and forget about pursuing my dreams.  So … [Read more...]

Work Multiple Jobs?  Watch Out!

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Multiple-Hats

Many of us younger workers who have entered the workforce in the last decade have seen it - Work more jobs!  The idea is simple enough: more work hours translate to more money.  More importantly, “diversifying” our employers provides a bit of financial security to those of us impacted by the Great Recession.  As I later found out, however, there are some downsides to those multiple W-2’s that few people consider. 1.  Insufficient income tax withholding Although I had a masters and a full-time job with the state government, my job wasn't providing me with any advancement opportunities and government budget cuts meant no raises during my tenure there.  Like so many, I chose to remedy this situation by finding ways to supplement my income. In my particular case, I started teaching … [Read more...]

5 Smart Career Moves for the Modern Woman

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When it comes to analytics, there is a surprising shortage of talent in our technology-driven world. According to McKinsey & Company's big data report, the United States could be short up to 190,000 qualified employees by 2018. There is a demand for employees who have the analytical skills and know-how to use the data produced to make effective business decisions. This demand has been recognized by colleges and universities across the globe -- so much, in fact, they are developing new business analytical degrees to meet this shortage. Women in pursuit of a rewarding new career can take advantage of this market demand by obtaining the requisite skills and education. Here are some tips for getting started on the right path, as well as five smart career moves for the modern … [Read more...]

The Only Five Reasons You Should Ever Work For Free (and One Big Reason Why You Shouldn’t)

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Have you ever outworked a male colleague and wondered bitterly why their compensation was so much higher than yours? I’ve been there myself and it’s not a great feeling. Women still make 77 cents for every male dollar and studies increasingly show that we’re working harder for our pay. Earlier in my career, for example, I was given the opportunity to run seminars and coach new employees within my financial planning practice. I considered it a learning opportunity and didn’t negotiate for compensation for the work. Only later did I realize that a male colleague was being paid handsomely to perform the same tasks. “They want me to be more motivated,” he told me, “so they’re going to pay me to coach new advisors a couple of days a week.” Why do women keep accepting a cycle of unequal … [Read more...]

Can’t Afford a Master’s Degree? A Certificate Might Be the Answer

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Going to graduate school isn’t cheap: According to Peterson’s, the average tuition cost for a two-year master’s degree program is $60,000 to $80,000. That’s not even taking into account living expenses, books, and fees, which can push the cost of your degree well over $100,000. While there are ways to ease the burden of a graduate education, such as employer reimbursement programs and scholarships, spending thousands of dollars for a master’s isn’t practical or even possible, for many people. Not to mention, not everyone has the time required to complete an entire master’s degree program, which usually requires at last 12 courses. At the same time, if you are like many people, you are looking for every possible competitive advantage for your career. There may be gaps in your knowledge or … [Read more...]

How Women Get Ahead in Male Dominated Fields

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There’s no denying that women have made great strides when it comes to gaining equality in the workplace. Still, certain fields, such as criminal justice, engineering, finance, and science, are still largely dominated by males. Many women feel intimidated when entering these fields and struggle to get ahead when they do. With a few adjustments to how you communicate and approach your career, though, you can succeed in a traditionally male-dominated field and even come out ahead. Commit to Advanced Education The best way to get ahead in any field is to know your stuff. When you have an advanced degree or in-depth knowledge of your field, you automatically stand out, and it’s hard for anyone to question whether you have what it takes to get the job done. Not to mention, in many fields, … [Read more...]

Give Back and Earn a Good Salary? It is Possible With These Careers

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It’s a common perception: If you want to devote your life to helping others, you practically have to take a vow of poverty yourself. After all, jobs that involve giving back never pay well.  If you want to earn real money, you have to put your “saintly” instincts aside and focus on getting ahead at all costs. While it’s true that the chances of earning millions of dollars per year in a public service position are slim, but you don’t have to live on Ramen noodles and drive a 1983 Toyota either. In fact, there are a number of career paths in the social services that assure both a competitive salary and a great deal of career satisfaction. Clinical Social Work Clinical social workers often work in a health care environment such as a hospital. Dealing with a serious illness or injury — … [Read more...]

Why Nursing School Grads Have Trouble Finding A Job

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Despite the trumpeting the alarm stories about the nursing shortage the US healthcare is facing today, more and more nursing school graduates are wining about the fact that they cannot find a job, and searching for CNA positions online does not bring any ray of light to this situation. And in fact, there are couple factors that are influencing the situation. Factor 1: Expectations vs. Reality It is the problem of every newly graduate and licensed nurse – being exposed to the message everyone hears that there is a nursing shortage that stimulated the industry grow to about million nurses by the year 2020, they all believe that in terms of such shortage they will find plenty of job entries and be employed immediately. And that is when the ‘but’ appears. Though one million of nurses is a … [Read more...]

I Have to Spend All Day with These People?

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Working with toxic coworkers can feel a lot like recess on the playground in an elementary school .   There's the bully, backstabber, manipulator and a host of other characters that you must manage or else you'll find yourself in the timeout box.  Be it self imposed or otherwise.  Planning ahead for potentially mind numbing situations helps you win the battle in the long run. Assess Your Coworkers early Sitting at a boardroom table can often feel like a circus of people trying out for parts they've long mastered.  The "arrogant know it all" puts on his best show to tell you that he's the prized child, "the controller" tries with little success to herd the cats at the table with mounting frustration and the backstabber quietly plans the next offense.  Their all playing roles fitting … [Read more...]