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  • SOMETHING TO ADD TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS LIST

    Posted on 15/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    I’ve enjoyed reading what my favorite bloggers have resolved to do in 2015. Grace of Design*Sponge wants to document her life more, Heather at Dooce wants to read more books, and Kat at Corporette is going to eat healthier dinners.

    And me? I want to create a more structured blogging schedule (right now, I just post as the spirit moves me) and resolve arguments with my boyfriend more constructively (we’re both on board for this one).

    But moving on to the purpose of this post. If you’re looking to focus on your career more in 2015, here’s a resolution you should add to your list: Work to foster and maintain professional contacts. Classy Career Girl’s 2015 Networking Challenge is a great way to accomplish this — she’s created an ambitious program for those looking to expand their networks.

    Her challenge is to each month meet with 4 people you’d like to know better and 4 you don’t know at all. It’s a great idea for cementing existing relationships and forming new ones.

    If you don’t have time to undertake such a large project, however, you can target the same goals on a smaller scale. Every Monday morning, resolve to shoot a few e-mails to friends and acquaintances you had in college, graduate school, and in former jobs. Look at your LinkedIn contact list for inspiration. Ask what they have been doing lately; share what’s new with you.

    Once you’ve broken the ice, keep the interaction up on a semi-regular basis: every other month or so. Forward articles and information on events that you think would interest them.

    As you and your contacts continue to advance in your careers, you’ll remember each other when opportunities arise. A broad network is a good thing.

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  • Women Less Likely to Find Jobs through Contacts

    Posted on 29/09/2014 by | 0 comments

    According to a study, men use social connections — i.e., networking — to find jobs at a much higher rate than women.

    Looking at a dataset of 12,000 people, men with specialized work experience were 12 percent more likely to find a job through informal recruiting — social connections — than formal job channels.

    Women with specialized backgrounds, on the other hand, were no more likely to find jobs through informal recruiting than through formal channels.

    The author of the study suggests that this difference may explain some of the pay disparities for women, as high-wage, managerial jobs are often filled through an informal recruiting process — that seems to favour men.

    “Previously, researchers have argued that women face lower-wage payoffs than men with similar work experience because the women have fewer opportunities to develop job skills, But this study suggests that a lack of useful social connections may also be driving the gender wage gap.”

    The next step, is to figure out why women get fewer benefits from social connections.

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  • 5 National Women’s Networking Organisations

    Posted on 26/09/2014 by | 0 comments

    Joining a professional organization can be a great way for recent graduates to create a network. Often, large national organizations have local branches, which give new careerists the chance to get a foot in the door.

    These nationally-recognized business and professional organizations are specifically geared towards women.

    85 Broads
    This 25,000-strong group of women was founded when Janet Hanson created a network connecting women who had retired from Goldman Sachs with women who were building their careers at 85 Broad Street, the firm’s former Manhattan headquarters. It now has 34 regional chapters.

    American Association of University Women
    American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. Its mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

    American Business Women’s Association
    ABWA’s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition. It has local chapters and a large online network.

    The Center for Women’s Leadership
    ABWA’s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition. It has local chapters and a large online network.

    National Women’s Political Conference
    The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multipartisan, multicultural, grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in politics and creating a power base designed to achieve equality for all women. It has chapters in 18 states.

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