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Ladies....Listen Up!

"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it" - Maya Angelou

When it comes to career advancement, similar challenges yield very different results for women vs men. Here are a few interesting tidbits:

  •     Women are more likely to accept a salary for less than they are worth so that they can "prove themselves" first

  •     Men initiate negotiations four times as much as women at work

  •     Women are more likely to minimize their talents and wait to be recognized for good work instead of taking credit for their accomplishments

Curious about how you can differentiate yourself and advance your career?

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Success Story: Grace, Mom of 3

Grace was a stay-at-home mom for almost 5 years following the birth of her first child. With the addition of 2 more soon after, Grace made the choice to put her career on hold as a nurse and stay at home to be with her kids. With her oldest in Kindergarten and the others in preschool, Grace decided to assess what it would take to re-launch her career in 2014, and she reached out to Ellen for help.

Ellen and Grace met initially to discuss Grace's professional goals. Together they evaluated how many hours Grace wanted to work, what certifications/credentials Grace needed after being away from her profession for 6 years, and what a balanced life and career looked like for Grace. Once Grace felt she had a clear picture of what she wanted from her career, she was ready to start looking for an organization that needed her.

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Are you getting the results you want from your Resume?

There is good news and bad news about resumes. The good news: Resumes are powerful marketing tools that can open doors to exciting job opportunities. The bad news: Resumes are powerful marketing tools and are usually the first - and maybe only - glimpse an employer gets of you.

In my experience, people who feel the most confident about their resumes demonstrate plenty of results (both quantitative and qualitative), position themselves for the job the want NEXT, and have little trouble lifting the words from the page and effectively promoting themselves during an interview. In other words, they really know themselves from their accomplishments to where they are headed next.

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