Have You Observed Gender Equality During Your Career?

The recent women’s marches across the country got me thinking.  They seemed to originate from Donald Trump being inaugurated President, but were tied to a number of different issues.  One of the issues that I heard mentioned several times was ‘equal pay’.  It’s been well documented that women often receive less pay than do men for the same job.  This gap has narrowed over time but still exists.  The marches got me thinking about my personal experience in this area.  I’d like to share my personal experiences with gender equality in the workplace, and I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments.

There Is Inequality In My Field (But With A Catch)

I’ll start off by saying that I know that there is a big skew in my field.  I work in IT, and it’s always been that more men than women are employed in the IT profession.  So, looking at sheer numbers doesn’t really give a fair comparison.

I will say that I’ve worked with some amazing women throughout my career.  Just a few examples of the great colleagues I’ve had:

  • One woman ran the entire web design area of the company when companies were first developing their online presence.  She was fully responsible for developing many companies first appearance in the digital world.  I learned a lot about drive and motivation working with her.
  • I’ve always been praised for my communication skills.  I’ve been able to work well with technical teams, but also very well with people who aren’t technical at all.  This skill has a lot to do withone woman that I worked with at my first job outside of college.  I started off on a technical help desk, and the woman sitting next to me had a great ability to work with customers.  I picked up a lot from her and morphed a lot of what I learned into my own style.  My communication skills help me to this day, and I know that my random desk assignment next to this awesome woman is a big key.
  • My current cube-mate is a great woman who teaches me new stuff every day.  She’s been in the profession for 15 years longer than I have, and is an expert in our online tools.  Any time anybody has a question about this particular tool, they come to her.

Gender Equality In Management

My dad told me a story that I think is crazy, but I know it’s true.  Someone he was close with once worked side by side with a woman.  When a management position became available, they both vied for it.  When the woman got the promotion, his colleague was so incensed that he quit.

That’s right, he actually left a job because he couldn’t take the thought of having to work for a woman.

The only type of glass ceiling we should see.
Image from morguefile courtesy krosseel

This was a long time ago, probably back in the 1970’s or thereabouts, and while I’d like to think that this was more a sign of those times, you have to wonder how much of that exists today.  It’d be nice to say ‘none’ but even 40 more years isn’t all that much time.

For this post, I sat down and looked at my experience with my managers.  In the roughly 20 years in my professional career, I’ve had 13 managers (when we’ve both been in our position for six months or more).  The breakdown is:

  • 7 women manager, 6 male managers
  • Approximately 10 years under each

It doesn’t get much more equal than that.

I’ve had some great managers and some awful managers across both genders.  There’s not one particular gender that I prefer or that prefers me, if I look at things objectively.

I’m Lucky

I think that I’ve been pretty lucky as to my experience.  I never really sat down and thought about the numbers I just listed.  For me, I’ve just looked at each experience as part of my career.  But, to realize that I’ve had equal management opportunity both genders shows that I really haven’t seen inequality.  I would say that I’ve seen fairly equal gender opportunities during my time.

I also know that I’m very lucky to have been able to say that.

What Are Your Experiences On Gender Equality In The Workplace?

I would really love to see what the experiences of others are out there.  Have you had both male and female managers?  If you’ve been promoted, what are your experiences?  I’d love to hear from both men and women.  Please let me know your experiences and any thoughts in the comments below.

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11 Ways To Have A Bad Job Interview

Looking for a job is not a fun process, at least to most.  It’s often stressful, frustrating, and can have many ups and downs.  I’m very grateful that I’ve had my for over ten years as the number of interviews I’ve had has been pretty small.  There are a lot of things you want to do to improve your chances of getting your dream job.  Additionally, there are things to avoid.  Here are some of those things you want to make sure NOT to do so that you don’t have a bad job interview.

Show Up Late

First impressions are everything, and if you’re not there on time to give your first impression, you’re in trouble.  People interviewing for a job usually have a tight schedule.  If you show up late, that is seen as very disrespectful and can be very disruptive.

Show Up Too Early

The best way to avoid being late is to show up really early.  But, if you stroll in too early, I think that can be just as bad.  Nobody is going to want you sitting around for half an hour before you’re supposed to be there.  Chances are the person doing your interview won’t have time to see you early.  So, while it makes sense to arrive with plenty of time to spare, make sure you sit in your car.

Skip Your Homework Assignment

Any time you go for a job interview, you should have detailed knowledge about the job as well as the company itself.  Making sure you know the job description is on you, as is understanding the basics about the company you are applying to work for.  If you try to wing it, the person interviewing you will probably think you’re not very serious about the position.

Look Unprofessional

If you don’t look professional, chances are people won’t think you’re able to do professional work.  Showing up to a job interview under dressed, poorly groomed, with dirty clothes, or smelling of body odor or cigarette smoke is going to score you zero points.  Make sure to look the part.

Crack Jokes

If you find a punchline in everything, chances are you have a great time in life.  That’s all fine, except you’ll probably want to scale it back for an interview.  As funny as you are, it’s not a requirement for most jobs, and so people doing interview will probably not appreciate your humor.  If you get the job, you can lighten the atmosphere with your repertoire of knock-knock jokes, but keep it in check until then.

Get Someone’s Name Wrong

If you’re introduced to someone, it’s a good idea to refer to them by name.  Just make sure it’s the right one.  This goes especially for anyone that’s doing your interview.  Many will laugh it off, but it still sticks in the back of their head that your attention to detail is lacking.

Babble

People doing interviews want to find applicants who are qualified for the job.  Speaking for two minutes on an answer that could have been given in thirty seconds will not help you.  It will likely hurt you.  While you don’t want to give one word answers, make sure to stick to the point.

Ask Dumb Questions (Or None At All)

You’ll likely be given a chance to ask some questions about the position.  Don’t ask questions just to fill the time.  Also, don’t ask complex questions.   Make sure you come with a list of thoughtful questions that the person interviewing can answer.  You want your questions to show your interest in the job.

Bring Up Money Or Benefits

This is a huge red flag.  An applicant should not bring up money, vacation time, health care, or anything else along those lines.  If they’re brought up into the conversation, it should be done so by the person conducting the interview.  If you’re interviewed and bringing this up, it reflects very poorly on you.  Don’t do it.

Lie

Lying is about one of the worst things that you can do in an interview. A person conducting an interview knows how to read people and body language, so they’ll often be able to spot a lie.  Even if you get away with it in the interview, it’ll likely come about at some point.  After all, if it’s being asked in the interview, chances are it’s important.  Lying is guaranteed to cause you trouble sooner or later.  Don’t do it, ever.

Forget A Thank You

At the end of an interview, you want to shake hands, look the person doing the interview in the eye, and thank them for their time.  This is a given.  You also need to make sure to thank them for their time afterward, whether it be through an e-mail, letter, or phone call.  It may seem like an old fashioned practice, but nonetheless, if you forget it, you could end up blowing an otherwise perfect interview.

Recovering From A Bad Job Interview Is Hard

If you make one or more of these mistakes, it can often be difficult or impossible to recover.  With many jobs attracting many more candidates than there are positions, so chances are someone else won’t make the same mistakes.  The best thing to do if you found that you’ve messed up is to continue on, and if the situation calls for it, apologize.  But the best piece of advice is try to avoid having a bad job interview in the first place.  I hope that these tips have helped.

Readers, have you ever had a bad job interview?  What happened?  Did you recover or did you know it was over?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Working From Home

With more and more people quitting their jobs to pursue their passions as freelancers and home based entrepreneurs, the landscape of work is changing. Back in the day, you had to to have a 9-5 job – any job, especially if you were the man of the house – just to conform to society’s standards.

This often meant doing a job you hated, in an office you despised, much like what many people are still going through now. But what the heck. As long as it pays the bills and provides health benefits, all’s well that ends well. Right? Well, that pretty much sums up why 70% of Americans hate their jobs!

Shifting Gears

This has brought on a shift in the way people think. Many of them are realizing the benefits of working from home and are turning to freelancing or accepting positions as virtual employees for some of their income, while working on another side hustle to generate more money.

Telecommuting is fast on the rise, with an estimated 3.2 million Americans enjoying the comforts of working from home and many more international employees getting hired by companies who realize they could get cheaper talent abroad at a fraction of the cost. Freelancing has also become a pretty lucrative business if you’re skilled at what you do.

The benefits are awesome, to say the least:

  • Everyday is dress down day.
  • No traffic!
  • No jostling for position in a crowded subway.
  • Eat healthy, home cooked meals all the time.
  • Everyday is bring your pet to work day!
  • Everyday is bring your child to work day!
  • Perfect work-life balance.
  • Extreme flexibility.
  • Never be late!
  • Lower your carbon footprint.

These are just a few of the benefits of working from home. Of course, your pet or child can’t be with you for the duration of your work, but at least you can spend time with them during lunch or when you’re having a short break. Your office should also look and feel like an office, or your productivity will suffer.

What job can I get working from home?

There are many things you could get into while working from home. Here are some of the more lucrative jobs and projects you can take on:

Writer

If you’re a talented wordsmith, put your pen and wits to good use by offering your services as a writer. There are many options to choose from, depending on what you love doing. You can be a ghost writer, web content writer, copy writer or technical writer. Writers get paid either hourly or per project, so choose which one is most applicable for you, and don’t forget that you should charge for research!

English Tutor

There are many websites that can pair a native English speaker to a person from across the globe looking to learn, all from the comfort of home through VoIP. If you’re an English major or if you know how to teach basic English, tutoring is a great way to earn money from home. Conversational English may be part of the deal, but translation isn’t. If your client is looking to you to help translate a document, ask them to try a professional linguistic service.

mb-2015-10-laptopGraphic Designer

If you got an eye for design and color, a career as a freelance Graphic Designer may be in the cards for you. The good thing about this is that everything can done virtually, from talking to clients by VoIP to getting an idea what they want. Files can be shared instantly, and cloud computing makes collaboration much more easier to do.

Web Designer

Another creative telecommuting idea is to offer services for web design. These days, web design is all about templates, and sites like WordPress, Weebly and SquareSpace offer templates by the dozen. But if a client wants something unique and different, you can use your CSS and HTML5 skills to make them beautiful web pages.

Other good, work from home careers are in accounting, customer service, tech support, sales and programming.

See you at Home!

The list above is hardly complete and there are a myriad of other lucrative work from home jobs available if you know where to look and if you put in enough time and research into honing the skills you’re offering. Don’t forget to check out sites like Fiverr, Elance and Freelancer if you want to view what jobs are in demand and what other people are charging.

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How Business Skills Matter in Golf

Many people don’t make an immediate connection between business skills and golf. However, many of the owners of the top golfing properties have business experience that makes their golf courses some of the top in the business. Their expertise translates to better golf properties that have a lot to offer beyond the usual perks that come with a good golfing experience.

What Experience Do Many Top Golf Course Owners Have?

Golf course owners have a lot of experience in finance and reputation management that help them manage his golf property. Knowledge of networking makes a difference because people in business must constantly be on the lookout for new opportunities. Because golf tournaments play so heavily in fundraising efforts, knowledge of charity also plays a major role.

A Welcoming Atmosphere Matters

Regardless of whether a course attracts primarily golfers or an equal mix of other visitors, guests and visitors benefit from true hospitality. Many courses feature clubhouse architecture that is elegant, yet inviting at the same time. One thing that many designers do is make sure that the buildings have large windows, with stunning views of the surroundings.

What Are Some Landscapes That Matter in Golf Courses?

Many don’t realize that scenery plays a major role in the overall appearance of a golf course. Although the turf and the open spaces are important, people who come on golfing vacations are looking for a bit of tranquility. This peace that people are looking for is one reason that golf courses are popular in mountainous or coastal areas. Much of the surrounding landscape is fully intact for people to enjoy, and golfers may even have the opportunity to see local wildlife.

Benefits for Students

Many students excel on the golf course from an early age and want to continue playing once they go to college. Scholarships for college students help make this dream a reality for many young people. These scholarships have earned a lot of respect because the students not only have to have great golfing abilities but must also have good character and excel in academic subjects.

Greater Opportunities

Getting a scholarship or working as a caddie on a top golf course is a great way for younger people to have better opportunities. Many of the most successful people in the golfing business have had humble beginnings as caddies. Some have the good fortune to become professional golfers or course architects. A growing number of women have started to take advantage of these options.

Reaching Out to Kids

Playing golf well is something that increases confidence for many kids who may not feel as adept at other sports. Many children who grew up with a love for the sport have fond memories of playing with their parents. Courses that try to appeal to all age groups may offer classes or clinics geared towards kids and teens. These kids are more likely to have a lasting love for the sport in these circumstances.

Charitable Efforts

The world of golf is excellent for people involved with charities who want to make a difference. Tournaments and their related entry fees can easily provide a lot of funding for non-profits in need of cash. It’s not uncommon for some of the best tournaments to become annual events that are very well-publicized.
Successful business owners who do well in running a golf course will have a lasting legacy for years to come. There is always a need for courses that offer an excellent experience for golfers of all experience levels. These courses and the people who run them will continue to encourage players to reach new heights.
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