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I just found out that one of the people who reports to me is making almost twice as much as I am. He's a guy, and he has less experience. I talked to my boss about it, but she told me it's because he was an outside hire. What should I do? I really like my job and my company. Do I need to look elsewhere?
I've been passed over for a promotion twice now. I'm so angry and frustrated. Are they treating me badly? or am I doing something wrong?
I'm sorry to hear that. Have you asked for direct feedback regarding the decision? If your manager or another leader feels that you're not ready now, it can be helpful to ask them for specific guidance on what you need to do to qualify for the next opportunity. This will give you clearer direction and focus as you look ahead.
I'm really torn about raising my hand for a promotion because I think it means my personal time and "balance" are going to suffer. I'm not really sure how much, and I think I might be able to handle it, but I worry about rocking the boat when things are finally so stable...and then there are other times I think about leaning in and everything I've worked for and setting an example for my daughter. Has anyone been in this situation and have any advice about how to think through this decision? Of course the fact that I ask for the promotion is no guarantee I'll get it, but I think I'm fairly well respected and have a decent shot.
Hi! I've actually been in your situation quite recently, so I can relate. One issue that comes up often in the media and research that affected me, and may affect you, is that women tend to weigh the pros and cons and only go for positions when they're 100% sure of themselves and their qualifications, whereas men are more likely to apply when they're at 60% of skills and abilities needed. In applying this to your situation, I would ask, are you clear on what the work-life balance implications would be? Do you have the full scope of what people in that (promotion) position do? Have you sat down with someone to talk to/interview them about this? We tend to make assumptions about those areas versus going off of facts. Second, if you are the candidate they want, there may be room for negotiation (Ack! Another difficult area for women, generally). Perhaps they can't give you more pay but they can still allow you the telework days you want, or a reduced schedule, or whatever would make this work for you. You won't know until you apply and make the case for being the best person for the job, though. Finally, I'd say that there are stages in life and personal time and balance can be more important than advancement at a specific point in time, so there's no shame in feeling that way, but you shouldn't hold yourself back from trying if this is something you feel you could do well and would allow you to grow in your career. Best of luck with your decision!
I graduated from Grad School in May 2016 - although I have a job as a Business Analyst, my role is basically that of a Data/Business Reporting Analyst and I feel under-paid, which is $20/hr - I have a total of about 7-8 years of experience spanning, Software development, web administration, Database Development, Data Analysis and Business Analysis - although not all in the US.
So I am trying to get a new job but I have a few concerns:
1. I am not a US citizen or Permanent Resident but I am legally authorized to work for any employer in the US
2. I am pregnant - 6 months gone now and showing
3. My current salary is really low
There is nothing I can do about the first concern , the second one - Am I to let the employer know I am pregnant? Do I wait till I put to bed? but I really need to change my job. Then lastly, My salary - is it OK to put in my true current salary when filling job application forms or during interviews?
Thank you all for your response.
It is better not to share. However you would like to find out the work environment and don't want to get into a place where you have to put crazy hours. You can mention that you are looking for a family friendly environment, not in the first interview though.
Hi, I am starting a new job shortly as Head of Marketing for a tech company. The logical part of my brain knows that they believe I can do the job or they wouldn't have made the offer but another part of me is gripped by imposter syndrome and feel out of my depth. Do any of you have some advice on how to overcome imposter syndrome?
First of all -- CONGRATULATIONS!
I personally believe in "faking it until you make it" really can work. There are also some practical, confidence hacks out there -- have you heard of Amy Cuddy and her Ted Talk about confidence? "https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en"
Definitely worth checking out for practical advice and inspiration for the kind of challenge you're talking about....
Of course you can try to get some career / executive coaching if you want to talk to someone more in depth. But the bottom line is that it takes time to get over that feeling and it's doubtful any one thing will just turn the switch off which is why I love the Amy Cuddy approach.
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