Even when women don’t prioritize family over work, they pay a salary penalty for marrying and having kids. In fact, PayScale’s report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap, shows that only childless, single men and women in the same jobs have a 0 percent gender pay gap. When women do put home responsibilities before work, they’re paid increasingly less than men – and that’s without taking significant time out of their careers to raise a family. When moms leave work, and then return, they face an uphill battle to get the pay they deserve. This week’s roundup looks at salary negotiation techniques for those moms, as well as a checklist for buffing up your LinkedIn profile, and strategies to avoid burnout before it strikes.
“Often the toughest part of re-entering the job market or changing jobs is the salary negotiation process,” Lappinen writes. “Is it a mistake to accept the first offer? Or, do you risk alienating your new employer if you push for a better salary or compensation package?”
The bottom line is that it’s always a good idea to negotiate salary – fail to do so, and you could lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career. But negotiating successfully while female, and after a career break, takes finesse. This post offers tips on how to do it.
“Today’s job seekers need to take a more proactive and interactive approach called job networking – and LinkedIn is a resource to help you do it,” writes Goodman. “When you’ve created an effective LinkedIn profile, it’ll help you get in front of the right contacts (recruiters, hiring managers, professionals in the field, etc.) who can lead you to the path of the next job opportunity. However, in order for it all to happen you do need a LinkedIn profile that communicates and displays the right information.”
His checklist will help you do just that. You might even discover that you’re just a few tweaks away from a profile that gets your information to the right recruiter at the right time.
Burnout can cost passionate, dedicated people the energy that they need to make their dreams come true. Observe how Brock describes the typical sufferer in her latest post:
You’re successful, driven and smart. You’re a go-getter, an achiever with places to go and things to do. You’re full of ideas and ambitions and dreams. You’re also busier than a bee on a honey mission, running about faster and faster every day, to get it all done.
Yet lately, you’ve been feeling a little out of sync, a little out of tune, maybe even a bit off of your rhythm. You’re often worried and anxious, and yet you’re not sure what about.
You’re feeling okay, for the most part, but your body is acting odd at times, some aches and pains, some unexplained fatigue. You might admit that you’ve lost a little bit of enthusiasm for your favorite projects. You may even admit to feeling a wee bit deflated or unmotivated, even if you are still going about your business as usual.
If this describes you, you might be headed for burnout. The good news is that you don’t have to tip over into exhaustion. Read Brock’s tips for heading burnout off at the pass, here.
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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.