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March 2, 2015

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Seven Career Tips for the Millennial Woman

girl on computerBy Amy Klimek

Millennial women are passionate, optimistic and hard working. We know what we want, but we don’t always know how to get it. Sometimes, we don’t have the self-confidence or self-belief that we should. This can change. If you’re ready to take the next step, here are seven career tips compiled especially for you and the 30 million other millennial ladies who work every day of the week.

1. Mental preparation is the key to success in the office, in the gym and at home. Prepare to succeed by setting daily and weekly goals and by taking the time to plan your future. If you want to achieve big things, outline a number of smaller goals that will take you there.

2. Manage your time. First, learn how to prioritize. Second, create a daily to-do list and time outline. Budget for weekly meetings and time spent on office duties. Third, avoid time suckers. Set limits, and put these activities on the back burner until more important tasks are complete.

3. Read your way to success. According to bosses, many millennials don’t handle criticism well and have trouble managing impatience toward established workplace practices. Master these soft skills by reading the classics. “The One Minute Manager,” “Contact: The First Four Minutes,” “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun” and “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” are all excellent books. Read More

What’s Next? Assessing Your Career Post-Baby

By Michelle Kruse

Having a child changes your life in a major way. And while many women will return to their current job following maternity leave, others may decide to seek a career that fits better with their new lifestyle. Between flexible hours and childcare options, a number of new factors come into play after adding a new member to your family.

Navigating this new reality can certainly be a challenge for moms, but it’s worth the obstacles if it means providing a better life for your family. If you’re unsure whether you should stay put or find something new, consider these five questions that might help you make a decision.

What can — and can’t — you afford to do? You may dream of staying home full-time or cutting back on your hours, or your new responsibilities may have you feeling anxious for a raise. Think about what a new family member really means for your finances, and consider that an important part of your decision-making process.

How much time are you expected to spend in the office? If you regularly worked 60-hour weeks pre-baby, it may be difficult to transition to a more moderate schedule when you return from maternity leave. And no matter how much of a workaholic you are, 60-hour weeks simply won’t work if you have any plans to see your child. On the other hand, if your superiors have been consistently flexible with your schedule, allowing you to work remotely on occasion and leave early every now and then, it could be a much better situation for your new life. Read More

There’s Nothing Spontaneous about a Successful Career

Sodexo LogoBy Trish Freshwater

I’m a planner by nature. I live by my calendar and often look ahead in six-month chunks of time. For me, six months might as well be six weeks, or, sometimes six days. Life moves fast and if you’re not paying attention, it can pass right on by you.

This is especially true when it comes to your career. If you don’t make plans and set goals, you’re likely to see very little career movement. So, where do you see your career in five years? 10? Where do you want to be when you reach retirement? Do you have a plan? Or, are you worried that your dreams are out of reach?Joanne Martino

For a little inspiration, let’s consider the career of Joanne Martino, District Manager, Sodexo Corporate Client Segment.

Martino began her career more than 30 years ago as an hourly cashier/supervisor for Sodexo’s client Xerox. There, she “worked her way up through the ranks” to a District Manager, overseeing 18 locations with diverse teams and clients.

Martino’s success was no accident. Her determination and drive were the perfect catalysts to advance her career from an hourly employee into management. And, it was there, that Martino gained access to extensive professional development, including ongoing learning opportunities where she was able to sharpen her business skills.

When talking about her career path, Martino described how her managers recognized her abilities and encouraged her to become a leader. That action coupled with her inner-drive led her to feel like “the sky is the limit” at Sodexo, resulting in many personal and professional achievements.

One such achievement was becoming one of the founding members of Sodexo’s Disabilities Task Force, inspired by her brother Joey, a young man with Down Syndrome. The Task Force has since evolved into the employee business resource group SOAR – Sodexo Organization for disAbilities Resources.

Martino attributes some of her career success to development programs that had the support and participation of senior leaders. Read More

Rethinking Traditional Benefits

By Hayley Fisher

iStock_000002172623XXLarge-1As the battle for top talent continues in the hiring space, it’s clear that money is no longer the only important motivator for jobseekers. As such, companies have begun offering unique benefits as a new incentive to keep their competitive edge.

Netflix, for example, does not enforce official work hours. The company measures employee productivity, not the amount of time spent in the office. Another tech giant, Google, has a great commitment to health, keeping physical and massage therapists and chiropractors on staff at its campuses. Facebook and other tech giants made headlines last year for giving female employees the option to freeze their eggs, which stirred up some controversy in the HR world. However, the list goes on for companies providing impressive and innovative benefits for their employees (and fortunately, it is getting longer every year).

Specifically, the trend of gearing benefits toward women is getting stronger.  One of the latest examples comes from the U.K., where the concept of shared parental leave is on tap  – the idea being that women have more opportunity to stay in their careers and men can become more involved at home. What is particularly interesting about this new benefits option is that it directly addresses an important social issue – giving women more opportunities to succeed in their careers. Read More

Biden’s Touch, Appropriate or Not?

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Joe Biden, Munich Security Conference,

When Vice President Joe Biden put his hands on the shoulders of our new defense secretary’s wife this week, was it a giant etiquette faux pas or simply an innocent display of affection?

As her husband, Ash Carter, spoke a few feet away, a standing Biden put both hands on the shoulders of Stephanie Carter, then whispered something in her ear.

Biden’s fans say that his action signified nothing and that as seasoned politician he has a
long history of hugging women — and men — in public. But detractors and a Joe Biden variety of etiquette experts said he appeared to make Stephanie Carter uncomfortable and, as such, was wrong.

We’ve all seen men and women do exactly the same thing to other men and women at countless public events — without it raising eyebrows or having people immediately assume that one person is hitting on the other or invading his or her space.

Which raises this question: in our current culture of violence and hatred, is there anything wrong with public displays of innocent affection? Wasn’t there a time in our not-so-distant past when “bro-hugs” — now commonplace — raised eyebrows?

What’s your opinion? Did Biden over-touch or were his actions perfectly justified?

Let’s Talk Out Loud


One of the most meaningful moments in the Oscars last night was almost missed as the producers turned up the music to signal time’s up.   But director Dana Perry kept going anyway.

When Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress, she used the worldwide Oscar stage to advocate for equal pay.

What issues do you think should be talked about openly with candor in the workplace?  If you were to speak up for what you really cared about, what would that be?

Share with us below.

Escaping Corporate America

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Escaping corporate America. Why do we do it? The most obvious reason could be attributed to job security.

Working for a big corporation just isn’t the same as it was 30 years ago

Very few people work for the same company their whole lives. Receiving a huge pension and gold Rolex when one retires has become a thing of the past. With recent generations, most people switch jobs every few years. Millennials in particular, are switching jobs every two to three years.

With employee loyalty not being rewarded as it once was, it appears the fastest way to move up the corporate ladder and receive more pay is to move on with another company.

The Glass Ceiling still exists

With lack of employee loyalty comes another unfortunate factor of the corporate world: the glass ceiling.

In 2014, women still earned less than men for the same job and with both parties having the same amount of experience. Figures report women earning $0.77 for every dollar that a man earns.

Reports indicate the “Motherhood Penalty” and “Fatherhood Bonus” also play a role in the Glass Ceiling, citing women make less for each child they have. This shocking data point could be based on the misconception that women who have children will be less productive due to the demands of childcare. On the contrary, fathers are more likely to see an increase in pay, because they are viewed as a more valued and reliable employee.

Tips for those who are looking to leave the corporate world

Given the above, going off on your own and starting your own business could be a viable option. On top of that, making the transition between leaving your job and starting your own small business may be easier than you think.

  1. Review your finances and begin to save money
  2. Discuss the time commitment
  3. Identify your opportunities and skillsets
  4. Follow your passion

For detailed tips on making a plan, working towards your goal, and leaving the corporate life behind, read the full article on the Arise Home-Based Business Blog here.

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