Working women with families: Are you getting what you deserve at work? I once responded to a concern from a woman who worked for a government agency. She reported winning several awards a year, but not being promoted because she has special needs children. “The employer felt [her] 'family responsibilities' might interfere with [her] ability to handle increased responsibility.” She felt burnt out at work and stressed at home. Related: 4 Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Work-Life Balance The employer has control in an employer/employee relationship. As an employee, you can’t force your boss to give you a promotion, more benefits, a raise, and so on. Sure, if an employer does something really egregious, you might spend a lot of time and money in a legal battle. I doubt this would enhance your life! Women struggle with work and family issues, especially. They have concerns, but employers have concerns as well. Having been on the hiring end of business, I have often considered potential for pregnancy (and maternity leave), sick children (time off from work and productivity), work interruptions (spouses, schools, sick children). These possibilities may be unofficially factored in to a final decision for hire or promotion, trust me. That having been said, ours was a family (and dog) friendly office where there were frequently children or spouses who were known and addressed by name.
Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful thing, but some fear that it will hold them back in their job search. Related: 6 Tips For Working Women With Families Don’t panic! Before you start looking for a new job, check out these quick tips for job searching while you’re pregnant:
Many women are faced with a tough hiring road if they have left the workforce to raise children. A resume that ends five years ago like an abrupt sandstone cliff won’t bring many interviews. So, how can moms break back into a career? Related: 6 Tips For Working Women With Families Here are four strategies that can get you hired:
The game of sales can be a challenging one, and some people are just not meant to be in the field. However, some people are born with the natural ability to sell. Now, we aren’t saying women are better salespeople than men, but the ladies do have a few natural qualities that make them great at sales. According to Luke LeSaffre, a Senior Sales Representative at Fusion Worldwide, there are three important factors for success in sales:
Imagine the following scenario: You walk into the office, just days after your promotion. You’re happy you’ve upgraded to a new office, a better parking spot, and a better salary. You’re proud of yourself, and you should be, you’ve worked really hard for this. So, why are the rest of the women in the office whispering to themselves when you walk by? Why have they suddenly stopped inviting you to lunch? And why is there a nasty rumor about how you “really” got your promotion, spreading around the office like wild fire? It’s called relational aggression and it’s just one of the many ways women can sabotage their careers.