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January 26, 2015

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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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Mastering The Stretch


By Liz Wiseman

The best leaders bring out the best in others.  They inspire people’s best thinking and finest work.  They not only encourage and empower but are challenging and demanding.  They set high expectations, push people to the edge of their comfort zone, and then hold others fully accountable.  When leaders don’t hold the highest of expectations, they hold people back.

While encouraging others comes easily to many women, playing the role of challenger can be, well, a real challenge.  It is hard to ask people to do something they don’t yet know how to do.  We know it will be hard on them as they scramble up a steep learning curve.  But it’s in this rookie space – doing something for the first time that is hard – where people do their best work.

In my research for my book, Rookie Smarts, I found that rookies are surprisingly strong performers.  They listen carefully, marshal experts and work quickly, conducting small experiments and frequently checking in with stakeholders to mitigate risk.  In knowledge industries, rookies tend to outperform experienced professionals – especially in innovation and speed.  And they are particularly valuable in a rapidly changing world where business cycles are spinning faster and faster. Read More

Career Growth and Professional Development Opportunities Help Dietitians Reach their Goals

Sodexo Logoby Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager

If you’re a registered dietitian, chances are that you know a colleague who works for Sodexo. With a network of more than 2,250 dietitians, Sodexo is the largest private employer of dietitians in North America.

As experts in this field, we place a high priority on the careers of our dietitians – offering numerous opportunities for career growth and professional development – so that they can focus on reaching their career goals while cultivating relationships with our clients and their patients.

The stories from the Sodexo family of dietitians are many, including that of Nina Crowley, who serves as a bariatric dietitian for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

“In my eight years of working with Sodexo, I have grown from an entry level Registered Dietitian, just happy to be getting a paycheck, to a professional specializing in bariatric surgery nutrition with a promising career,” said Crowley.

She credits her success with the flexibility Sodexo offers in career movement and opportunities to add new skills and knowledge to her repertoire. Read More

What You Wear to Work Matters

By Jacqueline Whitmore

iStock_000005531570 smallCall it “dress for success” or “dress for the job you want” — it’s more than an adage for women.

Style and image have played and continue to play a crucial role in the career strategies and trajectories of many high-powered execs. Let’s face it, how you look says a lot about you — whether you’re organized, lazy, fashion-forward, creative or serious.

You may think that focusing on appearance as part of your career strategy sounds superficial — that we should be judged for our intelligence and experience, not our style.

But will someone really want to listen to you if you look dull, boring, meek, and frumpy? Sure, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but sadly, that’s not how the workforce works.

- Invest in a few good suits. When you put on a suit, you assume the role that comes with it. You will find that you walk a little taller and have more confidence. Whenever you wear a suit you give the impression that you’re serious about the business at hand. Read More

Job Hunting Tips for 2015

As the job market improves, job seekers need to have news ways to get the edge in any job search. Here are 10 ways to improve your chances.

Aim for Raises, Not Praises

Chellie Campbell, author of From Worry to Wealthy: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Success Without the Stress, says women often make the mistake of working for “praises rather than raises.”

Whether you’re looking for a raise, want to start a company or home-based business, or would like to retire, Chellie shares these five resolutions to help women get ahead this year:
1) Ask For More Money – Chances are you aren’t charging as much as you’re worth. Do some research on rates of pay—don’t just ask the people you know, especially if they’re women who might be under earning. Put a higher value on yourself and watch what happens.

2) Design Your High Budget -Budget should stand for “Baby-U-Deserve-Getting-Every-Thing.” Design a budget where you’re spending what you would like to be earning – how much is that? See the possibilities and feel the richness of that existence. Read More

Arise Virtual Solutions Teleclass III – Click to Listen

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Presented by Arise Virtual Solutions

Click below to hear small business coach Jenn Lee and Arise Virtual Solutions’ Digital Marketing and Sourcing Social Media Strategist Nicole Williams discuss the rise of the solopreneur in small business.

Arise is one of the leading providers of virtual business services, delivering world-class customer service, sales and support to many of the largest Fortune 500 companies through a network of Independent Businesses.

Specifically they discuss
- The advantages of being solopreneur
- How Arise supports the solopreneur trend
- Steps to partner with Arise and “Be Your Own Boss”
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