Pink Tax?

A few ladies have recently asked me if I had heard about “Pink Tax”.  I plan on doing research and full post of my findings this weekend, but am curious to hear how many people have heard of this concept before?

Interview tips!

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I work in an industry where I interview A LOT of people.  I am constantly speaking with candidates for both entry level and Management positions.  It never ceases to amaze me the amount of basics that people miss during application and hiring process.  For those of you ladies out there looking for a new opportunity I thought I would share a few helpful hints that can go along way and set you apart from your competition. Even though these might seem basic, you would be surprised at the difference they make!

1) Double, Triple, Quadruple check your resume/cover letter/application– misspellings, grammatical errors, old cover letters with other companies names still on them, in correct dates, formatting, you name it, people will catch this!  Your application materials should be the BEST presentation of your work thus far, as it is all we know about you.  Have others proofread and look through them… but please make sure they are flawless!

2) Do your homework– take a little bit of time and look at the company website.  Find out a few things about them.  Prepare a question or two that are specific to that company and their mission, values, etc… In this day and age it is unacceptable to enter an interview without a basic knowledge or understanding of what you are interviewing for.

3) Come prepared– Dress the part, it is always better to over dress than underdress.  If you are standing in the mirror thinking, “should I wear this?”.  Don’t wear it.  Bring a printed copy of your resume, cover letter, and a notepad to write down a few notes.

4) Starfish– As you may remember from a few of my earlier posts, body language is everything. You want to walk in with confidence and remain confident in your tone and presentation.  Take a minute before you enter the interview, in the bathroom is probably best, and make yourself look like someone running across a finish line.  Occupy as much space as possible, and starfish your arms and legs out wide.  Just this small pre interview tactic will get the endorphins flowing and make you feel more powerful and confident.

5) Body Language– When you walk into the interview, stand tall, shake their hand firmly, look them in the eye… there is nothing better or more powerful than a strong first impression.

6) During the interview– Present yourself and your work history in a positive light.  Don’t spend time talking about places you didn’t like working or problems you had.  Be prepared to tell your professional story well, why you are ready for the job, and what the strengths are that you bring to the table.

7)Questions– Bring a couple of questions (no less than 2, no more than 5) to ask your interviewers.  A question or two should include a few specific details you have learned about the company to show them you have done your homework.

8) Nail your pitch– At the close of the interview I am always super impressed when someone can give me a 1-2 minute pitch summing up their experience and why they are the best caindadte for the job.  I don’t ask for this but it is something that I am pleasantly surprised when someone delivers it.  Practice your pitch, have it down, and make sure you make time for this before the interview concludes.

9) Always send a “Thank You”– This is missed more than anything else.  Thank your interviewers for their time.  Send an email, mail a card, or hand deliver a note to the office, but be courteous and say thanks.

Hope these help any of you out there looking for that next opportunity!

Add some Feminism to your Facebook Feed

While I enjoy seeing pictures and updates from people I love.  I also enjoy Facebook for the articles and updates I receive from some of my favorite feminist websites.  I thought I would list a few for those of you looking to diversify your Facebook feeds 🙂

A Mighty Girl

Miss Representation

Lean In

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Support “A Mighty Girl”

C and I had so much fun at the library this morning.  We played and looked at tons of books.  I had forgotten just how many children’s books are out there… I am delaying “Gender in our Library: Part II”  a couple of weeks because I would like to find a larger selection of books to report back on.  We found a few great ones but an hour was about all we could do… so more to come…

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In the meantime I wanted to share a lovely website called  http://www.amightygirl.com.  They do a wonderful job of promoting toys, books and movies for children and girls that are a bit more gender balanced.  In short they will save me from visiting the pink and action figures aisles at Target when shopping for gifts.  Their tagline is “The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.”  Happy shopping!

Abby Whelan on Feminism

Do I have any other fellow Scandal lovers out there?  I am continually impressed by this show and the way in which Shonda Rhimes addresses social and political issues in such a captivating way .

One of my all time favorite monologues regarding the double standards of females in power is below… enjoy!

For those of you who don’t watch… a quick recap.  Abby is the White House Press Secretary.  Her boyfriend and ex-boyfriend have both been caught up in a scandal in which they are linked as past partners to a woman who is about to publish an expose on the various sexual escapades she has had with several high profile D.C. men.  Abby decides that she will need to resign her position based on her history with these two men.  When her current boyfriend seems confused by Abby’s decision to resign she explains to him the double standards that she is judged upon.