Posts Tagged ‘career advice’
In the last few months, countless well-qualified and experienced candidates have called me in despair. Having held down jobs for years, they are finding themselves unemployed and unemployable, because their age is counting against them.
It isn’t that there aren’t jobs. There are fewer openings and the competition is fiercer, but despite the laws in place to safeguard against discrimination, one of the criteria employers are using is age – neatly packaged as ‘lacking drive’ or missing ‘hunger to do well’.
A couple of months ago I was reading a glossy fashion magazine and I was amazed when I came across an article that literally crucified women who do not disclose their pregnancy to their current or future employer when applying for a new role.
Just a few months ago, Lord Sugar reported that pregnant women should disclose this ‘particular’ during interviews. It is the old adage: pregnant women are a burden for a company. Is this really the case? With the changes in the Paternity Leave Regulations and the employment law reforms announced in the Queen’s Speech the rules of the game are changing. However the cultural shift has not taken place yet.
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With the expectation that today’s female leaders need to be able to show that they can truly ‘do it all’, Nicky Garcea, director at organisational psychology firm Capp, explores the impact of the need to be a ‘juggler’ has on female talent development and well-being, and highlights ways that ‘doing less’, but thinking more strategically about using strengths can be a women’s secret weapon to success.
In my experience of working with women globally, their feeling of needing to ‘do it all’ and ‘do it all well’ is unanimous. And if the pressure to juggle jam-packed home lives with getting a promotion, wasn’t stressful enough, researchers also believe that this desire to balance home and work causes a significant decline in happiness. Read the rest of this entry »