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How Women Can Get Ahead in a Tough Economy

Women have made great strides in the workplace over the past few decades, but the sad fact is that their earnings, in most fields, are lower than those of men who work in similar positions and have similar education. By some estimates, women only make 80 cents (or less) to every dollar a man earns. Understandably, many women are frustrated by this inequity.

As a result, women are on the lookout for ways they can get ahead. Small changes can make a big difference in how you are perceived in the workplace, and how much you see in your paycheck.

Learn New Skills

You were first hired for your skills and knowledge, but that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels and assume that your existing abilities will bring take you to the top. The business world is constantly changing. It’s up to you to stay on top of the developments and enhance your abilities accordingly. This might mean attending conferences or workshops on topics related to your field, seeking out training opportunities or even an advanced degree like a master in health administration.

Find a Mentor

Some companies have formal mentorship programs that pair upper-level executives with less experienced workers. A mentor can provide feedback, access to the inner workings of the organization and advice on how to handle issues that you might face day-to-day. They can prove to be valuable allies as you climb the corporate ladder. If you don’t have a mentor, consider who in your organization you might connect with. Discuss the possibility of developing a closer working relationship.

Take Risks

One reason that women don’t get ahead at work is they resist taking risks, instead waiting until the “time is right” or they feel more comfortable with whatever it is they need to do. However, to land the highest-paying healthcare management jobs for example, women must be willing to get out of their comfort zones and do things that might make them nervous, but will pay off in dividends later. That might mean volunteering for a high-profile project, proposing a major process change or speaking up more often with more force.

Promote Yourself

Experts say that too often, women wait for others to promote them in the workplace. And, all too often, the accolades they deserve are late in coming, if they come at all. Women who want to get ahead need to be self-promoters, letting their superiors know about their accomplishments. That doesn’t mean being a braggart, but sending your boss a quick email to let her know that you’ve made significant progress on a problem or facilitated a major win for the organization will get you noticed.

Be Visible

If you show up to work every day and hide in your cubicle, performing your work and going home, you’re never going to get to the top. Don’t be invisible. Make it a point to network within your organization, chatting up everyone from the mailroom manager to the executive sharing the elevator. Be the friendly face that is interested in others’ work. Attend networking events outside of work as well. Work cocktail parties or golf tournaments might seem dull, but that’s when you can get the real scoop and make the contacts that will help later.

How far you can go in your career depends on a number of factors, including the organization you work for, the demand within your industry and how you manage your own career. Develop a strategic plan for getting ahead and reaching your goals, relying on your skills, talents, knowledge and network. If you do, you’ll contribute to closing the gender wage gap. 

About the Author: After working in health care communications for almost two decades, Patti Babcock recently returned to school for a master’s degree in health care management. 

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Passion

Change Now And Change Often

As I go through the journey of life, I’ve learned a lot of lessons. One of my most recent lesson is that change is good and it is ALWAYS for the better. Maybe not the near future, but eventually you’ll look back and see it as a good change.

Let me just tell you a little story about how I learned this lesson.

Changed was forced upon me a little while ago when I was let go from my day job. Previous to that, all I was thinking about was 1 thing. That one thing was turning this blog into a full-time gig.

At the time, I wanted to do this because I was tired of what I was doing in my day job and I wanted more in life. So as I said before, I wanted to change this blog from personal finance to personal passion. I wanted to help people find their passion and learn to make a living from it.

I’ve broken away from wanting to teach people how to budget, to teaching people how to fish (metaphorically speaking).

So that change was for the better because it’s something I’ve decided I’m more passionate about.

Then I was let go from my job, which was an unexpected change, but once again a change none the less.

From that change my ultimate goal is to not work a 9-5 again. Yes it’s not something I have a lot of support on and it does stress my fiancé out a little bit. But this is something I want for my life and I know I can do it.

The whole time I’ve been working on this blog, I’ve been learning new things about creating and designing website, how to get them to #1 in Google, and making money off of them. That’s my passion now. I love this stuff, and I’m getting really good at it.

Just recently I’ve entered a whole new world of SEO(Search Engine Optimization) and I love every minute of it. I’ve delved deep and I’ve changed my outlook on this blog.

Financially Poor isn’t going to be my money maker, or my full time job. It’s going to be where I let out my passion. As my passions change, so shall Financially Poor.

My money makers are going to be a  bunch of blogs that aren’t going to have any relationships what so ever, that make me money with only a little maintenance. But I love making them and they’re going to make me money so that I can do more of what I want.

A few weeks ago, I decided to start a coaching program because I was desperate for money since I just lost my job. But Just recently I’ve realized that I don’t want to coach people to find their passion.

So I’ve canceled that and I’ve changed my focus of coaching on helping people get into creating a website and making money from it. I’m a better technical person than a motivator. I know how to do stuff and get it done. I don’t know how to get you motivated to do it other than pointing a gun at your head. So now I’m an SEO/Website creating/Money making coach, Hire Me :)

Is Financially Poor going to be another making money on the internet blog?

Yes and no. I’m not going to regurgitate the same stuff that you can find on the other blogs. Everything I post here is going to be from my experience and isn’t going to be about “how to make a post go viral” and stuff like that. That can be read anywhere and I hate having 20 posts in my feed reader about how to do that.

I’m going to talk about stuff without the hype. I’ve never been good with hype and it’s not really my passion, so I’ll leave that on the sideline.

Is Financially Poor going to be all about making money?

No, it’s going to be about doing what you want in life…and making money.

How often am I going to post?

I’m going to go for Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat, With Mon and Friday being new posts from me, Wed being a guest post, and sat being my Kick-Ass Reads. There will be posts in between every now and then but not on a schedule.

It’s not being lazy to do what you want, it’s being happy. Like I’ve said many times before, life is too short to not be happy.

Do what you want and do it now. Eventually you’ll be doing it anyway (retirement), so why wait? You’ll have less time and energy to realize your passion and enjoy it when you’re old. And if you are old now, there’s no better time to start because by the time you’ll be ready again, you’ll probably be dead.

I did kinda forget to tie everything into the title, but my point is that your passion will change as you explore your current passion. So you will Change Now and you will Change often

So stay up to date with all of my knowledge and passion by subscribing by RSS or Email. I’ve already started spreading my knowledge of “building websites to spread your passion and make money” in my free Do What You Want eCourse. Be sure to sign up for that and start becoming a Free Bird.

And if you want coaching about how to Start up, Make better, Make more, or anything else about a website(s)/SEO, just shoot me an email in the contact me section and we’ll see if we can work something out. I never hold back.

So I hope you enjoy what Financially Poor is going to bring you and I hope you learn a lot.

Always remember to Live Your Passion

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