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#Negotiation : Why Women Don't Ask ?
When we ask men to describe a negotiation exercise, most of them will compare it to winning a sporting competition. When we ask the same thing to women, most of them will liken it to a visit to a dentist appointment.

Researchers and influential professors in top American Universities,  Linda C. Babcock and Sarah Laschever, published a book in 2007 that should be read by every working woman: Women don't ask. They analyse the obstacles which hold women back, and the social constraints that go with them. Most importantly, they offer many solutions!

Today, through this book, we wanted to find out where the roadblocks to women’s advancement come from and why women shy away from using their negotiation skills. You CAN be in control if you negotiate! 
Posted by , on 27/03/2012 at 08:27 | {0} Commentaires





March 18 - 24

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A new book is making waves. Liza Mundy just published “The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family”, a book that explores how the rise of high-earning women will impact everything from the economy to our sex lives.

The book shows that over the next few decades, professions like law, medicine and veterinary medicine will be predominantly run by women and therefore they will take home more money than their male peers. Interestingly, this reversal will have 2 different effects on marriage rates.  Mundy found that marriage rates for women in high-income brackets were on the rise, while low-earners are continuing to decrease.

Mundy bases her argument in part on the findings of The Hamilton Project,  which studied income and work patterns, and found that while women in lower income brackets were getting married in smaller numbers, marriage rates for women in the top earning percentile increased by ten percentage points. This suggests that with increased work opportunities for women, more women are choosing marital as well as financial independence -- though women who have reached he pinnacles of financial success are pairing off in increasing numbers.

As Mundy describes it, the reason for the uptick is that men view a woman's earning power as more attractive than ever before. And that, Mundy claims, means we're in for a huge dismantling -- in some cases a complete reversal -- of traditional gender roles.

And it’s a good thing that women will be outearning men because it’s expensive to be a woman! A Marie-Claire study shows that women pay more for basic hygiene products, cleaning our clothes, home mortgages, health insurance, cars and car repairs. 

Interviewing for a job can be a stressful moment. But if you’ve done your homework, it can be a positive and productive experience. Start right here!

Job Interview 101
Make or Break: First Impressions Matter

You never get a second chance to make a first impression… Everybody knows that’s true, but do you pay enough attention to those crucial first minutes of a job interview?

Making a good first impression is decisive in a job interview because hiring managers often know whether they might hire someone soon after the opening handshake and small talk. Several studies have shown that first impressions form in just a few seconds. And after they’re formed, it’s very hard to turn them around!

Here are things that will definitely start things off positively for you:

1. Be on time: Arrive to the interview early to avoid any last minute glitch on your way to the meeting. Not too early though, 5 or 10 minutes should do it. You don’t want to seem desperate.

2. Dress smart: Choose professional and smart looking clothes that you feel comfortable in. If you are unsure of the “dress code”, it’s better to err on the side of more formal… The Daily Muse has good tips about interview attire.

3. Polish your “elevator pitch”: This 30 second presentation of who you are, what you do and what you’re looking for is a good way to answer the dreaded “Can you tell me a bit about yourself” question.

Posted by , on 23/03/2012 at 06:19 | {0} Commentaires

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March 11 - March 17

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This week’s career self-help section is dedicated to those who want to find a better job! Lifehacker put together 10 great tips to help you put together a great application, ace the interview, and ultimately work for a company you'll love rather than hate.

Start off by putting together a resume that’s actually compelling. Online tools likeVisualize.me, Re.vu or Zerply can be of great help when it comes to creating something a little less ordinary. Then, make sure your resume isn’t filled with common words and redundant phrasing. That means avoiding overused terms (e.g motivated, innovative, dynamic) and cliché phrases  (e.g. detail oriented, team player, excellent communication skills).

Go beyond the Monster and Craigslist postings. Try something different, search unconventional and career-specific job sites like OneDayOneJob.com or SimplyHired. Another tip is to seek out companies who have a reputation for treating their employees well this way you’ll do something you enjoy AND work in a good environment.

Other pieces of advice from Lifehacker include: Learn to Make Even Your Irrelevant Experience Seem Relevant, Dress Well for the Interview, Learn to Read Body Language for a More Successful Interview and Leave Your Current Job Without Burning Any Bridges.

And if you still want to keep your old job, but would like to sweeten your deal, you can always ask for a raise. The Daily Muse came up with a step-by-step guide to find out how you should go about it - whether that’s waiting a bit before asking for a higher salary, researching how much more you should request, or even starting the search for a new position.

Our coach Helene gives Ines tips on the best ways to handle new beginnings and how to kickstart a career.

Coach Corner - Answer to Ines
Last week, we met 34 years-old Ines, who stopped working to stay with her children and who wants to give her career a new start. She wanted advice on on how to handle this career transition. 

Here is what our coach had to say: 
Posted by , on 16/03/2012 at 19:16 | {0} Commentaires





March 4 - 10

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Access to birth control has been a hot topic in the United States recently. Whether you agree that employers should have to pay for their employees’ birth control or not, it’s undeniable that the pill has had a tremendously positive effect on women’s ability to work. The New York Times reports on a new study from researchers at the Universities of Michigan and Virginia which shows that young women who won access to the pill in the 1960s ended up earning an 8 percent premium on their hourly wages by age 50. The paper even suggests that the pill accounted for 30 percent of the convergence of men’s and women’s earnings from 1990 to 2000.

“By allowing women to delay marriage and childbearing, the pill has helped women invest in their skills and education, join the work force in greater numbers, move into higher-status and better-paying professions and make more money over all.”, New York Times journalist writes.

It’s good for women and it’s good for the economy. Several studies show that providing access to contraception is also simply good economic policy. Having more women in the workforce significantly boosted U.S. GDP. In fact, according to McKinsey, the increase in women’s workforce participation since the 1970s has grown the economy by 25 percent, “an amount equal to the combined GDP  of Illinois, California and New York.”

Don’t take it for granted! Working women shouldn’t forget what the pill does for them. 

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