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Career-Life Times, Issue #24 -- Are You Too Sexy?
January 21, 2006
Greetings! And wecome to this issue of CAREER-LIFE TIMES! I hope you find it to be informative, useful, entertaining, and-- most of all--worth reading! It's designed to help you GET HIRED, GET NOTICED, and GET AHEAD! If you don't like it for some reason, let me know how I can make it better (or unsubscribe using the link below). Now, on with the show...
According to a recent study conducted by Tulane University, women who exhibit sexy behavior on the job--such as wearing revealing clothes, flirting in person or through email, or massaging a male coworker's shoulders--may be losing out on promotions and raises.
The study surveyed 164 female MBA graduates who had been in the workforce for 12 years. 49% of those admitted (remarkably) that they had tried to advance their careers by being sexy.
The women who said they never engaged in sexy behavior had earned an average of three promotions. Women who said they had engaged in sexy behavior had earned only two promotions.
Women who did not engage in the sexy behavior earned an average of $75,000-$100,000; the sexy women earned an average of $50,000-$75,000.
The study didn't include any theories as to why sexy women receive fewer promotions and pay raises. Perhaps their bosses don't take them seriously, seeing their blatant sexy behavior as an attempt to get ahead through less-than-ethical means.
In any event, if you're a woman (or a man, for that matter) who has the misguided notion that flirting with your boss or dressing in revealing clothes will give you a boost up the corporate ladder, maybe you better think again.
If you're looking for a new job, why not apply with one of the best companies in America?
Fortune Magazine has compiled its annual list of the 100 best companies to work for. Rankings are based on criteria including pay, benefits, size, turnover, job growth and employee satisfaction.
You can find the complete list of 100 companies at Fortune.com
Here are the top 10:
1. Genentech (ranked #4 last year). This is a midsized biotechnology firm with about 8,000 employees, based in South San Francisco, CA. www.gene.com
2. Wegman's Food Markets (ranked #1 last year). This large grocery chain employs about 32,000 people and is based in Rochester, NY. www.wegmans.com
3. Valero Energy (ranked #23 last year). This is a large petroleum refining company with about 55,000 employees, based in San Antonio, TX. www.valero.com
4. Griffin Hospital (ranked #8 last year). A small hospital employing about 1,000 people in Derby, CT. www.griffinhealth.org
5. W.L. Gore & Associates (ranked #2 last year). A midsized chemical manufacturer with about 1,800 employees based in Newark, DE. www.gore.com
6. Container Store (ranked #15 last year). This midsized specialty retailer with 2,800 employees is based in Coppell, TX. www.containerstore.com
7. Vision Service Plan (ranked #10 last year). A small heal care insurance firm with 1,900 employees, based in Rancho Cordova, CA. www.vsp.com
8. J.M. Smucker (ranked #6 last year). A midsized food (mostly jams and jellies) company with 2,900 employees, based in Orrville, OH. www.smucker.com
9. Recreation Equipment (better known as REI) (ranked #45 last year). This is a midsized specialty retailer that specializes in outdoor gear. It has about 7,400 employees and is based in Kent, WA. www.rei.com
10. S.C. Johnson (ranked #7 last year). A midsized consumer products manufacturer with 3,000 employees, based in Racine, WI. www.scjohnson.com
So you’ve managed to secure a job interview for a position that fits you PERFECTLY. Now comes the moment of truth: Are you REALLY ready for the interview?
If you’ve rehearsed what you’re going to say and know the perfect answer to every potential question, you’re half way there. There’s just one important thing you’ve forgotten:
How do you sell yourself and show your potential employer how valuable you can be to their company? You want to make them hire you TODAY and not even THINK about other applicants. You know you’re the right person for the job, so how do you make THEM see that? Here are seven easy steps you can take to really make yourself shine during the interview process.
1. First, find out everything you can about the company you’d be working for. Who are its customers? What is its mission statement? How does the job you’d be performing relate to the company’s goals? Finding out this type of information gives you great insights on what kinds of questions to ask your interviewer and shows them that you’ve done your research and already have some background in the company’s business and objectives.
2. Read over the job description carefully. Analyze your own strengths and see how you can tie the two together. If you have previous experience, make note of those times where you helped achieve a specific result. Employers give more serious consideration to applicants who have a background and a track record in their industry than those who do not.
3. First impressions count. It should go without saying that you should arrive 15 minutes prior to the interview, dress appropriately (if not above) the position you’re applying for, greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and maintain eye contact throughout the discussion process. Be enthusiastic, personable and outgoing. Show a sincere interest in the people you meet and the work you’d be doing. Interviewers can tell if you’re desperate!
4. Show that you can solve problems and work well under pressure, since nearly every job will require both skills. If you can identify a particular problem in your industry or that you may face when doing this job, give the interviewer some ideas of how you would solve it. Be calm, relaxed and confident. Some nervousness is expected, but your overall mannerisms (such as fidgeting, nail-biting, slumping in your chair) will be an instant giveaway on how well you REALLY work under stress. Likewise, if you project confidence and security in how you carry yourself, the interviewer will definitely notice.
5. If your mind goes blank when asked if you have any questions (and you should ALWAYS have a couple of questions ready), consider asking why this position is open. What’s the company’s track record and turnover rate? Are they performing well and keeping employees on board? Remember, you’re not just selling yourself on how you’d be a great fit for this company, but finding out how this company could also be a great fit for you.
6. If an interviewer asks a question that makes you feel uncomfortable, smile politely and ask, “Why would you like to know?” Remember, your employer is prohibited from asking you personal questions, including references to your race, gender, sexual preference, marital status and child care situations. Your interview should be focused on how well you can perform the job, not your home and family life.
7. After the interview, be sure to follow up with a thank-you note. Recount your strengths in the letter and highlight your qualifications. Touch on specific discussions or conversations you had with the interviewer to help them remember that polished, professional, enthusiastic candidate (you). Close the note by letting the interviewer know of your sincere interest in the position and your confidence in doing it well.
If you keep all of these suggestions in mind, you’ll not only have seriously impressed your potential employer, but you’ll come away from it feeling like a winner too!
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You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."
(David Lloyd George)
Surgeons and Patients
Five surgeons are discussing who has the best patients to operate on.
The first surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."
The second responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."
The third surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order."
The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers. Those guys are very understanding when you have a few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would."
But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed: "You're all wrong! Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the butt are interchangeable."
Retirement Redefined. I went to my friend, Diane's, retirement party last night. I'm younger than her and won't be retiring any time soon. But as the years have gone by, I've changed my concept of "retirement."
I used to think retirement was something to be dreaded. You know, because it meant you were getting OLD.
Diane is not old. She's not dreading her new post-career status. She's ecstatic!
Diane introduced me to a friend of hers who retired 7 years ago. According to Diane, her friend looks younger, and is happier and full of energy--much more than she ever was while working.
All around me, my friends and coworkers who are nearing retirement are (gasp!) looking forward to it! It's not something they fear... it's a reward they're eager to enjoy.
Of course, retirement for anyone will be much more pleasant if they've planned ahead--financially and emotionally.
Maybe we should think of retirement as a job interview. The thought of it may make us nervous, but if we do our research and prepare ourselves, we'll ace it and reap the rewards!
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