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I'm interested in becoming a consultant but all the job descriptions seem to come with these insane travel requirements. How do people get a consulting job that allows them to not constantly be on a plane? Is that something you only earn the right to do after you've done a travel gig?
Some consulting companies have a bigger travel focus than others. As others have mentioned, there are smaller consulting companies that focus more on state/local business - Slalom Consulting is one I've worked for in the past.
Consulting firms have all kinds of roles and models these days. If you have a strong background, they will probably find a way to accommodate you that minimizes travel. Be clear from the beginning that it's important to you.
There are some firms that have more of a local footprint/model. Point B, in particular, stands out but there are others. In my experience, traveling has been a necessary (but surprisingly fulfilling) part of the job. I have met people and worked in cities that I would have never encountered otherwise. I will say that if you live in a bigger city (LA, Chicago, NYC) there is often more local work than if you live in a smaller city so take that into account when choosing a living location.
I was retired by my large name company 3 years before I could retire. I was in a male dominated field, and a young man with no experience in the field was hired to run the department. Unfortunately, the field is now regulated and there are only about 15 experts in the field, of which 2 are females. I have tried to find employment, but my years of experience at the same company but in an evolving field and my age has been so debilitating. I see men that have the same years of experience in a sister field be hired as consultants and my experience outweighs them by tons and I am not getting a bite. I have had experts coach me and re-written my resume many times at their recommendations. Should I quit and sit back and get fat and knit? How do women get recognized for their skills and knowledge when they are in their 60's?
Hi all- Does anyone know the best way to find to send my resume to a recruiter in Communications at Viacom? I've applied for positions on their career portal but I was wondering is there another way? Thank you in advance.
Thank you! I will reach out to them. I really appreciate it.
Have you tried reaching out to any of the women who've left a review of Viacom? perhaps they might know someone... "https://fairygodboss.com/company-reviews/viacom-inc"
Is there a way to search for maternity leave policies on this website by company size (# of employees)? I work for a small startup and would like to gather data and make comparisons with other companies of approximately the same size. Thanks!
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For those who have made the leap to starting their own business, what tips would you would give someone unsure about starting their own company?
There are ways to test ideas before committing to them. It may seem difficult or costly to test out an idea, but you can do a lot in terms of finding a product-market fit before you take the leap and quit your job. High-stakes entrepreneurship (if you're going the VC route) has low odds (think show business). With that said, you will learn a lot about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, etc. But when you think of your success odds, it's worth serious effort to figure out how to test that idea before leaving your job. You can find freelancers to do so much for you too!
I'm in finance...I don't have the breadwinner issue but my income is very important to our household. I think it's important to "just get started" but I'm looking for ways to test out ideas around my startup vision instead of doing it full time but I worry if it's really possible to do well.
I am looking to do the same so I'd love to hear what others have to say! My biggest struggle is that I am the bread winner so I can't make a move until my husband can land a position with a salary equal to mine. What field are you in?
Good afternoon all,
I currently work at a university in Florida as a Fiscal Assistant but I am saving money and applying to jobs in NYC where I wish to relocate. As my degree is in International Business, my biggest concern is that my job experience wouldn't be strong enough as prior jobs have been temporary.
My present job has been my longest (approximately 2.5 years) and in that time I've completed several certifications in fiscal management, HR/payroll, and supervisory roles in management. I've participated in networking lunches on campus, and reached out to employees on LinkedIn in companies that I could see myself working in.
Despite all that, I still don't feel it's enough because all the jobs I apply to never respond. I'm beginning to wonder whether location is a problem. Does my living out of state give me a disadvantage despite offering to fly up there for interviews in my cover letter? Would living in the area bring more results? I would prefer getting an offer before taking the chance due to the higher cost of living, but I'm feeling discouraged by the lack of responses.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you on for the words of encouragement. I was contacted for a phone interview by an employer and crossing fingers I get passed on to the next stage.
I wouldn't yet conclude that location is a problem, but if you're really worried about it, you could always remove the address from your resume and just put your email address and phone number -- I don't think that would be a big deal and you don't have to address the issue of where you live in your cover letter. I would just focus on tailoring the cover letter and resume to the jobs you're applying for. Good luck!
Ladies work or volunteer at, BlackgirlsCode. I have been volunteering since 2013. They have different chapter's and I have worked with the, New York and Atlanta chapters. I wished the pictures taken of me were shared? I spoke to the founder and there's nothing she can do? They don't pay your travel or hotel expenses either?
I've had 4 female bosses over my career and each one has been awful. These experiences came at the start of my career and have scarred me for life. To reply to the comment below, there's nothing you can do. When a senior female has you in her sights, the only thing you can do is leave. It's nearly impossible to fight back or win, so best to just cut your losses. I know this isn't what I would want to hear either, but in my experience, it's a no-win situation.
I've worked for wonderful women and catty women. Unfortunately with the catty ones, I found that my only option was to leave because she was trying to tank my advancement opportunities and reputation. She didn't have kids (couldn't) and I was out performing her as a new mom so I think that bugged her. On the flip side, my current boss has a family and is wonderfully supportive. It depends on the ego/personality!
Mentoring. Women in Tech in particular - does your company offer any female to female mentoring, up or down? If not (most don't), how have you been able to find female trusted mentors who can relate to your position and team dynamic and the challenges it may offer?
I've worked for 5 different companies and none offered this. On the other hand, I"m not sure how I would feel if I was matched to someone...doesn't mentorship have to involve a genuine rapport? Hard to imagine this being constructed artificially.
None, I think this is a big issue. My company has an employee resource group but unless you find someone on your own, there's no formal pairing or matching...
There seem to be a lot of communities for women in tech? Which ones have you found to be helpful? I know there are many local meet-ups but it's hard for me to go to events with the hours I work so I'm looking for digital communities...many of them seem to be for entrepreneurs which is great, but that's not really what I'm looking for.
Tech Ladies has expanded beyond NYC globally and is a very active facebook group. New job board hiretechladies.com lists direct connections to the company, and is vetted for companies that support females.
Ada's List is very good. Sign up today. Everyone is very friendly and very supportive.
I've seen a few on LinkedIn but they aren't terribly active. Let's start one!
I've heard good things about Ada's List...I just applied to join recently and there's a good Global Women in Tech FB group (private but just apply). The FB group is less about community but you do get some good content there.
Get in contact with your local Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter and start one up! I am in the leadership and we are always looking for new and better ways to serve and support members. Maybe you could even turn it into a business or non-profit someday.