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What You Can Do in One Minute To Empower Women in the Workplace

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018


What You Can Do in One Minute To Empower Women in the Workplace

By Fairygodboss

Anytime you change jobs, there’s a lot at stake. Beyond considering whether the role will be a good fit, there are (way too many) important questions to consider: what’s the culture like? Will you be judged for leaving at 6 p.m.? Can you occasionally work from home? And will you make as much money as men at the company?

We’ve all played the guessing game before, and felt extremely lucky — or terribly unlucky — a few months into a new role. But your job satisfaction shouldn’t hinge on luck, and fortunately, it no longer has to. Fairygodboss, the leading career community for women, by women, takes the guesswork out of the job search equation.

The site, founded in 2015 by former Dow Jones execs Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, provides women with a space to anonymously review their work experiences — specifically detailing their company’s culture, whether they believe their CEO supports gender diversity, what kind of parental leave benefits they have, how much they get paid, and whether their company is an overall supportive place for women to work.

By crowdsourcing information about how companies treat women, Fairygodboss equips female job seekers with the intel they need to make informed career decisions.

The best part? Whether or not you’re currently job searching, you can empower women in just one minute. Here’s how: visit Fairygodboss and leave a free, anonymous review about your job — or places you’ve worked in the past. By sharing your experience, you’ll help women everywhere.

Women who work at ADP, for instance, have written on Fairygodboss:

"I have been able to make more money, have more flexibility, and grow more as a person at ADP than I have at any other employer."

"I've been promoted three times in six years - there is definitely opportunity here! My work is challenging, rewarding, and fun. And, I feel that ADP has valued my contributions since day one. 5 stars!"

Join the movement, and be a Fairygodboss! Review your work experience — and get the inside scoop on how women feel about their jobs and companies — today!

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Bad Job Interview? Here Are The Six Signs That You Aren't Getting The Job

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Thursday, April 19, 2018
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018


Bad Job Interview? Here Are The Six Signs That You Aren't Getting The Job

By Michele Mavi

Ever left an interview somewhat confused about how it went? Whether you recognize it in the moment or it slowly dawns on you after you’ve replayed it in your head, at some point in your career, you’ll have experienced a bad interview. The reasons may vary but the signs are pretty stable. Here are the top ways to know you’ve had a bad interview.

1. It got cut short.

A shorter interview is not always a reason for concern. But if you were supposed to meet the team and end up leaving after the first person, it’s usually an indication that the first person made an executive decision that you’re just not the right fit.

2. You’re not being sold on the job or the company.

Yes, you’re the one selling yourself to be selected for the role. But that doesn’t mean the interviewer doesn’t have a responsibility to sell you on the job or the company. After all, you may have choices and they have to ensure they’re doing their best to have you accept an offer should you receive one!

3. You feel no real connection to the interviewer.

Even if you’re not the best at building rapport you need to make a connection with the interviewer to get to the next level. But the burden of connection isn’t doesn’t lie solely on your shoulders. Interviewers should try to make candidates comfortable so that they really get to know them. If the interviewer didn’t try to make a connection or you felt you just kept getting your wires crossed, it’s certainly not a good sign.

4. Questions are asked and answered — and that's it.

A good interview feels like a conversation. It’s not an interrogation or a fact collecting session. Interviews should be a give and take that flow naturally and where follow-up questions arise from what is actually being said. If your interviewer is just firing away questions and moving to the next after each answer, they are probably just going through the motions until they can find a reasonable moment to end the interview.

5. Salary and availability don’t come up.

While salary is often discussed in detail as you get closer to the offer stage, an initial interview should touch upon your salary expectations. The same goes for your availability. Once these are established there’s no reason to worry if no one brings it up again in your subsequent interviews. Just remember, if you’re in a state that has passed a salary history ban, you don’t have to divulge your current salary, only what you’re looking for!

6. You just know.

Ok, the truth is, many people have had what they thought were bad interviews only to be called in for the next round. But if you’ve had a seriously bad meeting, you just know. Trust yourself and listen to your gut. If you can salvage it in anyway through your follow up, it’s always worth a shot. At this point you’ve got nothing to lose by putting yourself out there, acknowledging that it didn’t go as well as you had hoped and asking for a do-over or sending materials that support your request.

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5 Tips for the Job Search (That Will Make All the Difference)

Posted By Nadia Alhashimi, Wednesday, January 31, 2018


                                                                                         5 Tips for the Job Search 
                                                                       by Coach Katie Bennett, Ama La Vida Coaching

I have worked with people finding, building and changing careers for many many years. I know there are thousands (if not millions) of resources and tips out there telling you what to do and what not to do. I’m not suggesting mine are any better than anyone else’s, but what I do know is that these ones actually work. These ones actually make all the difference. I know this, because I have seen it first hand. Of course, if you follow these five, you are not a shoe-in for your dream job (you also need to have a kick-ass resume, great interview skills, a stand-out online profile and polished professional etiquette) but I think you know that. These are the things that are less spoken about and, from my experience, less known. But once you know them, and once you do them, it really will make all of the difference.

Search from the inside out. Often when people are searching for a job, the first place they look is the job boards. This may sound like a logical approach, however without knowing exactly what you’re looking for, you risk landing a job that you later realize is completely misaligned with your passions and strengths. The key is to first understand who you are, where you can add value and what exactly you are looking for. It is crucial to identify your passions, your gifts, your core values and your purpose before starting the job search. This way, you will have a far clearer understanding of the types or roles and companies that will bring you fulfillment and success.

Try a non-traditional approach. When you apply for a job through the standard process, you are up again hundreds, if not thousands of other applicants. Often the company even ends up hiring internally and you never hear back which can be bother draining and defeating. I encourage people to reflect on which companies they most want to work for and to write a list of their top 10 to 20. Then, find the relevant contact at that organization and send a thoughtful letter including who you are, why you want to work for them and how you believe you could add value. This shows initiative, intention and will help you stand out against the crowd. Even if you don’t land a job, perhaps you’ll make a valuable contact. And after all, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Network network network. It’s no secret that most people build their career through their network not through standard job sites. It’s never too soon to start networking. Remember that networking doesn’t need to happen at traditional networking events. Networking can happen in a coffee shop or on the bus – you never know where you are going to meet people that could become incredibly valuable contacts. Also remember that those people don’t need to be directly related to your field. They may know just the right person to put you in touch with. Treat every person as if they are just the person you need to know in that moment and watch you network grow and expand in powerful ways.

Make time for self-care. The job application process can be incredibly draining and defeating. Make sure to take care of yourself mentally, emotionally and physically. This is not only important for your well-being, but it is also important for you to perform at your best in applications and interview. Identify what you need to do and schedule time in your calendar to make time for it. Perhaps it’s a 20 minute run each day or 30 minutes to watch an inspiration TED talk. There is no wrong or right as long as you make time to recharge.

Shift your mindset – it’s a marathon not a sprint. Remember that you may not get the first job you apply for (or the second or the third or the eighth) and that is ok. You career is going to be long. Very long. Think carefully about your vision for your career and what you want it to look like in five years or ten years time. As long as you are meeting the right people and moving in the right direction, it doesn’t matter if one specific job fell through. Just keep your eye on the longer vision and take proactive steps to achieve it.


This blog is from our partners at Ama La Vida Coaching. For your own personalized e-coaching as a NAWMBA member, check out our partner page. 


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Why Negotiate?

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 22, 2017


Why Negotiate?

By Megan Betterman


As women, we often take care of the needs of others ahead of our own. This narrative plays out in our careers and keeps us from asking for what we may want: more money, more responsibility, more flexibility and many other elements of our careers. 

On the money front, we fear many things:
 creating havoc in our relationship with our future or existing boss
 asking for more will not work and is useless to even try
 finding the words to ask in a rational, compelling manner

These fears are valid. On the flip side, there are compelling reasons we should consider asking for more. The first is the amount of money we stand to miss out on if we don't negotiate. I've seen figures cited from $500,000 up to $1,000,000 in lost earnings over the course of our careers. It reminds me of compound interest and the value of starting to save and invest early on in life. The same is true in our careers. A powerful way to think about this is a $5,000 raise in 2017 is not a one-time increase to your earnings. You'll be receiving the benefit of that additional $5,000 in 2018, 2019, 2020 and so on.

The second reason to negotiate is it's expected. A study conducted by found 84% of hiring managers expect candidates to negotiate. Most hiring managers leave wiggle room when they make an offer in order to have flexibility if a candidate does ask for more.

A third reason to consider negotiating is due to the wage gap in the US. This topic is getting quite a bit of press in the news based on our volatile political climate. Caucasian women earn 79% of what their their male counterparts earn, African-American women earn 65% and Hispanic women 54%. McKinsey & Company has released information stating it will take us 100 years to have parity between genders in C-level roles and 25 years for parity at the VP level.

These numbers make my jaw drop. As strong women with MBAs, it's incumbent on us to change this trend. I’m looking forward to sharing more on this topic at the National Association of Women MBAs annual conference on October 21. Lori Klinka and I will be partnering up on how to interview successfully and then ask for what you’re worth. For more information on this topic prior to the conference, visit my website.

About the Author

Megan Betterman is on a mission to train women on how to negotiate their compensation, earn their full value and advance their career goals. She recently founded a consulting business to bring this mission to life and offers group workshops along with individual training. Additionally, she leads a team of digital marketers at HealthPartners in Minneapolis, the largest consumer governed non-profit health care organization in the nation. Megan recently completed the MBA program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a focus in marketing. She spends her free time traveling the world, perfecting paleo recipes, and teaching yoga along with meditation.

Register now to attend her session at the 2017 Conference and Career Fair!

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Who Are You Now To Fulfill Your World?

Posted By Julie McReynolds, Friday, September 8, 2017


“We can’t give people what we don’t have. Who we are matters immeasurably more than what we know or who we want to be.” —Brené Brown


It’s easy to hide behind external standards. It’s easy to allow what you know to be your sales pitch. By how competent you are. Skills, not substance. But easy can often not be fulfilling.


There’s a quote that all B2B sales are B2C. I agree; you can’t sell and engage companies as if they don’t have a soul. People are their soul. The same people who wake up like you do, who struggle like you do. Those people create a soul within a company. You can call that culture, or spirit, or substance.

You can’t sell to a legal entity. You sell to other people. You sell them your story. But you can’t make up your story. Nor can you tell a story that gets you ahead of where you currently are. And they buy partly for what you sell, but definitely for who you are.



Feel the difference in leadership from a $100,000 business and a $1,000,000 business. Make it personal: Imagine yourself with a salary that has one extra zero behind your current one. Is that who you are? Is that who you’re willing to be?


You go into the workforce, to work in force. Come what may, you go into work and your life to change the world. At least, to change those around you who most believe in you. It’s part of our drives to survive and replicate. We want to see what we create (or who) withstand time’s eternal march.

This makes us human. And today, you see the impact of a world where that humanity subjugated to the cubicle and the commute. We’ve had friends enraged by their commute, listless in their efforts. So many are asking, “Is it worth it?”


This question goes beyond the New Years’ Resolution. This is an epochal question you have to face. The world will show you answers, and people will steer you towards their answers. But you have to be willing, ready, and steadfast in answering your own worth. You deserve the world, but no one can have it all.



I coach military members to command their transition. I help them make honest choices on why they chose the uniform. And how they can choose a life after the uniform as compelling as within. I help veterans answer the one question keeping them up at night: Is it worth it?


Worth goes beyond money. You can make $40,000 a year a be happy, then scale to $400,000 a year and be miserable. Today, you can see the success stories of the “Instagrams” who cash out at a billion dollars after two years of work. But just because you see them, doesn’t mean they’re the rule. Far from it; they’re the exception.


Some people have always known the song they held within. Some people prodded along a career until they found what was missing. Steven Pressfield calls them “shadow careers”: working a career to pay the bills, but not paying dues for your calling.


When I coach military members, the transition is the easy part. The tactics are measurable and quantifiable. But what I truly coach, the hard part, is the calling. What if you’re called to lead soldiers into combat, but you’re tired? What if you’re called to be an amazing brand authority for vets?



“Calling” is hard.


Calling can be a synonym for passion. And you’ve heard both refrains. On one hand, many consider passion poisonous advice. You can’t just run off, leave your life behind, and follow your passion. Yet, passion also seems synonymous with purpose. If you’re passionate, you last longer doing the hard work of building a business, growing a family, or advancing your art.


What’s behind all that, is purpose.


Military members what a purpose that transcends the uniform. You want a purpose that’s stronger than any setback you’re facing. You want Monday to feel like Friday. And why not?


Purpose isn’t device; it’s practice. You have to practice more than one thing, to figure out who you are. Your inalienable, almost immovable, core is what moves you through the world. And after spending years building up armor to face the world, it’s empowering and excruciating to realize all the world wants, is you at your best.

It might be simple. But simple doesn’t mean easy.


Purpose is why you’re reading this page. Purpose is what you feel when you hate waking up on Monday. Purpose is what you see when you meet a business or personal hero you admire. Those who love what they do, never spent one moment overwhelmed. That’s not because of the tactics they use, but because of the strategy and stance they take in the life they have and are.



Purpose is the journey that shows you worth. But today’s world affords so much distraction, clarity becomes elusive. Think about how many ads, diversions, and ideas you’ve come up within the last week. How many of them can you act on? How many of them can you leave behind, unfulfilled.

The gravity of unfulfilled expectations. The penalty of other peoples’ permission.


No one can be as clear about your future as you. No one can want your success and happiness as much as you want it. Humanity at its core is about success. As children, success is a simple, often-splendored thing. As adults, success seems to be as much shouting at rush hour as it is escaping for a weekend.


Why not change that?


Why not come from a place of worth? Why not accept who we are, and let that acceptance embolden us to move? Why not allow yourself the opportunity to be clear in your own outcomes? Business isn’t a chance to produce, it’s also a chance to be. Who are you now, that the world can’t resist you?


Find where you are, and you’ll know where you want to go.


About Travis Collier
Travis is an active duty US Coast Guard Officer, who’s served for 16 years. He’s been assigned to six states, and completed 1 overseas deployment. Currently, Travis is a
commercial vessel inspector in the Port of New Orleans. He has been awarded three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, with Operational Distinguishing Device. Also, he’s
published two books, “SCALE” & “Command Your Transition”, runs a military transition coaching business, and hosts the Transition Tactics Podcast.

Meet Travis at the 2017 Conference and Career Fair! Register now! 

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