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Thread: Career Advice for Women

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    Career Advice for Women

    Do not be afraid to negotiate for your salary and other perks. Release the idea that it is not "feminine".

    Why Women Must Ask (The Right Way): Negotiation Advice From Stanford's Margaret A. Neale - Forbes

    5 Ways to Negotiate Salary Requirements

    Please do research and reiterate your skills/education or whatever makes you worth the money. Even feel free to throw out personal reasons or reasons that the interviewer could not mention. "I am from the area and plan to remain here to be close to family." if they had a previous employee move away for personal reasons. "I increased sales by X % at my previous job and will do the same here"
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    Don't pretend that the pay gap does not exist. I know so many women who want to believe that the average woman is paid the same as a male would be for her job. That happens but is very rare. When salaries are public or standard, you will simply find more men in the higher paying positions. Don't forget this! ASK FOR PERKS. In my field, discrimination is high because we ca.n do nothing about it.

    Are Women Catching Up in Pay? - Forbes

    Pay particular attention to the fact that minority women get paid less than everyone else. Some cities are notorious for this.

    Also, some people, even women, think that females should be paid less because we will all need time to take care of children. Not all women have children and not all mothers constantly take time off. Don't be afraid to mention this to your hiring manager.

    The Wage Gap by Gender & Race Timeline History (White, Black, Hispanic, Men & Women)

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    Top Jobs for the Future (Everyone has their own list. Voila a few.)

    The Top Jobs for 2013 - Forbes

    High-tech jobs that don't require college degree

    The Best Jobs Rankings | Best Jobs | US News

    The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers

    For earning power, please do not pick the girliest jobs in your field unless you love it, of course. For example, most pediatricians are women and that is a lower-paying medical career. Most surgical subspecialists are men and those are the highest paying medical fields.

    Once a field becomes more "female", the average salary will decline. This has been most evident in psychology/psychiatry but is also seen in other fields.

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    When I was in college, a white male professor told my Black female friend that he noticed that Blacks really didn't promote themselves well or seem proud of their accomplishments as much during professional school interviews. He said that a very average white male will walk in with confidence and self-praise and then a black female would come to interview with her head down and looking afraid and apologetic and thankful just to have gotten called.

    I have never forgotten that. As an immigrant, a double minority, and a female, it is easy to let that happen. A confident assertive minority woman is called "####################" or "uppity", while the same traits in a white male (or even a BM) are praised.

    Learning to sell yourself: Interviewing tips for women - Newark career coach | Examiner.com

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    nice thread.. i like
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    Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.

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    BE Better than the competition. Go the extra mile, get the extra degree. Don't just sell yourself, sell concrete reasons why you are better.

    Discrimination In The Workplace Against Women May Depend On Men's Marital Structure (STUDY)

    Take a night or weekend class to get a certification. Learn a new program or procedure or technique. Do an extra internship.

    For young women (under 30) who are educated, there is the potential to earn more than men. Don't screw it up!

    And, don't leave stuff off your resume. If you speak "some" Spanish, put that on there! Spanish- intermediate or conversant or technical. Have you traveled? Maybe that will get you an interview at the multinational company.

    Ask for extra projects, sign up for committees or boards, attend seminars. All of these are things you can throw on your CV.

    In the US, do not put your photo on your resume. There are exceptions but very few. Stick to boring black and white unless you are in a creative field.

    (Honestly, sometimes, I want to put my photo so that they know I'm Black before I get there. I hate the look of horror when I meet people sometimes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamaicangirl View Post
    BE Better than the competition. Go the extra mile, get the extra degree. Don't just sell yourself, sell concrete reasons why you are better.

    Discrimination In The Workplace Against Women May Depend On Men's Marital Structure (STUDY)

    Take a night or weekend class to get a certification. Learn a new program or procedure or technique. Do an extra internship.

    For young women (under 30) who are educated, there is the potential to earn more than men. Don't screw it up!

    And, don't leave stuff off your resume. If you speak "some" Spanish, put that on there! Spanish- intermediate or conversant or technical. Have you traveled? Maybe that will get you an interview at the multinational company.

    Ask for extra projects, sign up for committees or boards, attend seminars. All of these are things you can throw on your CV.


    In the US, do not put your photo on your resume. There are exceptions but very few. Stick to boring black and white unless you are in a creative field.

    (Honestly, sometimes, I want to put my photo so that they know I'm Black before I get there. I hate the look of horror when I meet people sometimes).
    yes. i'm a BIG advocate for these. i this to ppl all the time. also, some don't realize that there are also 34503485 volunteer opportunities out there in almost anything you can think of. if interested in certain work, volunteer in that field. people forget that experience doesn't have to mean you were paid for it. volunteermatch.org

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    Get yourself promoted or ask for a raise. Don't be "feminine". Don't be too quiet or too sexy or too accommodating. I have a big problem with this and I am thankful for the female supervisor who told me that I am too polite.

    Avoid stereotypical female activities like gossip.

    7 Steps to Getting Promoted - chicagotribune.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by agroDOLCE View Post
    yes. i'm a BIG advocate for these. i this to ppl all the time. also, some don't realize that there are also 34503485 volunteer opportunities out there in almost anything you can think of. if interested in certain work, volunteer in that field. people forget that experience doesn't have to mean you were paid for it. volunteermatch.org
    Yes!!!

    People ask me why do I work for no pay. SMH. I learn, I have fun and I can put that on my resume.
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    Mi tiyad now.

    Di rest ah unnu come een and add tings. The volunteering advice was very appropriate.



    Please note that most of this stuff can also apply for men, so no hating on the "for Women" title.

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    Maybe I should change the title of the thread to get more attention.

    Hmmm. What shall I pick?

    Trinidad vs. Jamaica
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    Why Black women are no good
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    Which woman would you f------k from these pictures.


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