My name is Stephanie Pyke, and there are things I will never do in life. At the tender age of thirty, which is supposed to be the new twenty, but employers regard as the new sixty, I find myself the recipient of three degrees, unemployed, close to $100,000 in school debt, married, childless and without insurance other than what is demanded by law.
By Guest Blogger, Tamara Arbeiter I was recently laid off from my job. The Record of Employment I just received in the mail stated “Economic reasons” for my departure. As company policy goes, I was asked to leave immediately. Comforted only by the fact that a handful of very senior executives were also laid off that day, I packed up my desk, grabbed my kids’ photos and artwork and left, without time for goodbyes....more
Have you ever wondered why:
• So few women run companies around the world• Even fewer American companies are run by Japanese men• There are more tall male leaders than short male leaders• Pakistani leadership is filled with cricket fans but not racquetball players
Chances are it has nothing to do with outright bias or intentional discrimination. So what happens?
As seasoned entrepreneurs, we realize that without a positive professional reputation we aren’t going to get very far. For any new entrepreneur, establishing an excellent reputation is not something that is achieved overnight. It is the product of consistently good behavior, over time, and it is earned. Whether you realize it or not, you started to lay the groundwork for your professional reputation the day you began your very first job. You began to build that reputation through your actions. A good reputation is important no matter what kind of business you have or are working toward....more
We've heard the saying "if women were in charge of this it'd be so much better" and laughed it off as just our own gender bias speaking. Yet some recent studies show that there may be some fact to this statement. And, that is reason to give companies pause as they face an increased risk of these valuable women leaving their jobs.
Last week I was at a networking meeting and one of the women there works as a recruiter helping match potential employers who have a need with people who need and want to work. You'd think in this economy and the corresponding levels of unemployment that she would be the holy grail for many. Not so. She explained that one of her biggest problems are people who come for interviews, get offered jobs, and then decide to decline because they would rather stay home and collect unemployment for a while. This situation has her nearly insane!
Every time I read an article like the recent "How social media can hurt your career" on Careerbuilder, I am grateful that we didn't have social media back when I was in college. Young, testing the waters, and with a lot of opinions to share, I wonder if I would have unknowingly committed a faux pas in the weakness of a heated moment that would have hurt me professionally?
I went for an interview at a call-centre.
I know. I know.
But when the going gets tough, the tough'll do anything to stay afloat. That's what I tell myself. And being a foreigner and a job-seeker in the midst of
credit crunch hysteria – melancholy so severe and so adored by Londoners that
advertisers city-wide use it for rhymes and puns – I can't even splurge for the
discounted 'Credit Crunch Lunch'. It's a blessing really, that food in England
has the reputation it does.
Basically, if I can trade my time for money, I'll do just about anything until
I can find a real job – one that's somehow, even mildly related to anything I
learned during 8 years of university.
Getting hired by an inbound call-centre is harder than I'd anticipated. From a
customer's perspective, it seemed anyone could get a job at one of these
places. Anyone with the aptitude to speak a language and don a headset. Anyone
with the ability to read a sales script like a robot and put me on hold. But
it's just not that easy.