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What Happens When Women in Tech Speak Up?

This week, according to Vox, the women at Microsoft are calling it a toxic place to work as alleged discrimination and harassment cases begin to surface after an internal email chain was made public.

The tech industry has long-held the reputation for mistreating their female employees, assigning them what I call “busy work”, and not taking their careers seriously. While women make up over half the workforce, we certainly have a way to go in the tech industry. Inc. recently published some data on the status of women in tech:

  • Women average only 30% of the workforce across major tech companies.
  • This 30% includes both technical and non-technical jobs, such as HR and marketing. Women can’t even hit 20% when it comes to technical jobs at tech companies. They hold merely 17 percent of the tech jobs at Google, 15 percent at Facebook, and only 10 percent at Twitter.
  • Out of the 41 of the Fortune 500 companies in the tech industry, only 5 have a female CEO.
  • Women hold just 14.3% of board seats of the top 100 tech companies.
  • Men are 2 times as likely to be hired for a role in math when the only difference between candidates is their gender, according to a 2013 study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Approximately 40% of women with engineering degrees either don’t enter the field at all or quit soon thereafter. In addition, women in tech with business degrees also have the tendency to quit the industry before rising in rank.

With stats such as these, women have it hard enough to launch their careers in tech- let alone to seek advancement while dealing with alleged harassment.

More than likely, the women who work at Microsoft involved in this complaint are facing an uphill battle and my advice is to also consider your own well-being and careers.

This recent news indicates that Microsoft may have a culture problem. Once sexual harassment complaints are made and allegedly ignored, it is a sign that an organization needs to start taking steps to not only rectify the issues with its female workforce but to initiate cultural change and work with its senior leadership towards what they want their male workforce to represent. Consistently denying women promotions while men are running circles around them advancing and they’re only doing secretarial work is toxic. In addition, sexual harassment is demeaning and can do a lot of damage to one’s psyche.

As someone who dealt with sexual harassment in the workplace only to have it denied and told it was “my fault”- it creates the most impossible circumstances to work and succeed in. I had projects rejected, was told that my work was sub-par, and that I wasn’t ever going to succeed. It became clear to me that change was not on the horizon, let alone in the cards- so I took my career into my own hands instead of letting it be defined it for me.

Women’s caliber is equal to their male counterparts and they are deserving of so much more and there are organizations who be happy to have them as part of their workforce.

If these allegations are true, Microsoft needs to take active steps towards changing its corporate culture, such as Uber did.

Anyone who understands corporate culture, knows that it refers to the beliefs and behaviors which determine how an organization’s employees and management interact. It develops organically over time from the traits of the individuals an organization hires. This accumulation of traits is what can make an organization evolve and become one that is less focused on equality, diversity, and the advancement of women. However, senior leadership plays an important role by embodying the change that they want to see, caring about its employees’ well-being, and creating a workplace in which everyone can thrive while carrying out the organizational mission and values.

If these are allegations are true, this is where Microsoft needs to make deep-seeded changes because their culture has evolved over time and it now reflects the traits of those hires that are sexually harassing women, rather than those that are there to do good work.

These ladies are taking the first step by making their voices heard within Microsoft and the tech industry. They are talented, bright, and accomplished women who have a solid future in front them.

To them, I say, don’t give up.

Even if your company chooses not to hear you, there are women who do and appreciate your efforts towards making change and speaking up. I hear you and I am with you even if you don’t realize it.

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This Is What Happens When Mindset Is Part Of Job Seeking

Do you hate looking for a new job because you find interviews to be just so stressful? They can be, sure. But are you actually avoiding finding your dream career because you’re not sure you can ace a series of interviews?

Self-sabotage.

Yup, I said it. It is. By doing so, it is self-sabotaging your own life and your own future.

Of course, an interview can be difficult and maybe won’t go your way, but does that mean you should settle?

A lot of job seekers come to me and harbor the fear that they are not “worth it” or “worthy” of a career change, earning more, putting themselves out there, and talking about their accomplishments.

Lots of them think that they need to go back to school for an advanced degree or stop changing roles because it will make them look like a “job hopper” or worse- like someone who can’t find their fit because they can’t get along with others.

Female job seekers are saying that they feel like an imposter because they don’t believe their own accomplishments, let alone having someone else believe it.

This is why I weave mindset work throughout my career coaching.

I understand how common it is for smart, accomplished, driven women who want to advance in their careers to get trapped in a role because they feel like talking about their accomplishments, asserting themselves, and having to “sell it” can be extremely difficult.

If you’re feeling this way, then know that you’re not alone.

You must have specific methods to clear these roadblocks, including training your mind to “brag” about your work, unblocking your negative self-talk, feelings of irrelevance, and limiting beliefs around success and money.

This is just a bit of what I help my clients do.

My proven mindset work will help you to develop the ability to sell your skills, develop a positive and healthy relationship with yourself, understand how amazing you truly are, and why you deserve your dream career!

If you are ready to take action on clearing your mindset blocks so you too can advance to the next level in your career then, click here to book your strategy session.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your mindset block and doubts into confidence and decisive action and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Is Your Career Path Meant To Be Nontraditional?

WOW. I just spoke to a woman who has spent the last five years of her career on unpaid work. As a result of this, she is having extreme difficulty getting any traction. Julie* described herself as a writer and a researcher with a PhD but she isn’t sure on her career path. The idea of the traditional path into education wasn't appealing to her. She opened up to me that her own expectations are harming her because they are forcing her to think in terms of what she is “supposed” to be doing instead of what fulfills her.

“I didn’t realize forcing my own expectations on myself would throw me off so much. You don’t ever imagine you will be here.”

All this second guessing has hindered her confidence and created a mindset mess- something that just deters the process and will keep her from attaining her goal.

Finding the Career of Your Dreams

Sure- but does that mean you can’t have the career of your dreams? She confided in me that the lack of clarity she felt around her career path led her to not even fully value her education, her work, her time, or what she could offer an organization. Her concern about this was because she was anxious if this would translate to her not being paid fairly and being trapped in a dead-end career path that would make her miserable. When you feel that way, it leads to additional unhappiness – even when you are home. This impacts the ability to also be a good mom and attentive to others in your life.

No one wants to spend time away from home, away from their families, in a workplace that will make you feel awful about yourself. Let alone spend time at home feeling badly about yourself as well.

The name of the game isn’t just to find any job. It wouldn’t be your dream career otherwise. However, imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t have to deal with this anymore? Imagine how amazing this would feel? Knowing for sure what you wanted wouldn't be an issue and you would feel at peace with that decision. You would have clarity around your career path and how you can grow and thrive and would feel supported in securing a new position.

This Process WORKS!

I have a very specific process that I use that has earned my clients job offers and these offers have earned them raises upwards of $30,000. I’m not writing this to impress anyone, I’m writing this to let you know that this process is life-changing.

If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to clarify your own career path, have a stagnation in your career and wages, or struggle on your own without any results then, this masterclass is for you.

Over the past three years, I have a 100% success rate. This means that almost every single client has walked away with the job and the salary that she’s wanted. So, if you don’t want to risk getting left behind in your industry, becoming stagnant in your career, and never feeling fulfilled then register to watch this free masterclass.

This updated masterclass will walk you through the exact strategies that my clients that have helped my clients clarify their career path, which has led to multiple job offers and generous salary increases of $15k-$30k. Don't hesitate- sign up now!

This Is How A Toxic Work Culture Impacts A Career

Are you trapped in a position where there is a lot of conflict, misalignment, and disagreements? Do you think that it is easier to remain “status quo” rather than start a job search? Are you comfortable there despite all the negativity and toxicities? Maybe you’re thinking that you won’t receive any of your current benefits and perks in a new position?

Your career wasn’t meant to be “status quo” and no one thrives in an environment where there is a lot of negativity. Can your career blossom and bloom where things are dying? It’s time to challenge yourself and your beliefs.

My client, Liz*, was afraid to change positions because she had so many perks at her job. Her boss basically let her make her own hours and work from home when she needed. Sounds nice, right? Sure, until she wanted to advance within the company. Then came the gender-based comments about what kind of leader she would be. She was one of two women within the local division of the company. You’ve probably heard these before as a female…you’re too emotional, you need to be tougher, or maybe a female hasn’t done it before…

OUCH. This isn’t exactly actionable or helpful feedback. So, do you stay in this environment or look for something new? Liz* is looking for a new position, one which will provide her with the capabilities, feedback, and growth potential. She is refusing to give up on what she believes is her purpose.

By giving up on your purpose you are ultimately changing the way your life is meant to be. This will create a deep inner struggle because you will resent what it is you are doing, your employer, and ultimately- not being aligned with all these things.

This will eat away at your confidence and keep you from where you want to be. You will feel stressed to a level where you are bringing it home and it will cause conflicts with your loved ones. This stress can eat at your sleep and your health as well.

This really isn’t fair. You’re not supposed to work not to progress and be stuck in a toxic work culture and then have all this stress added on top of it.

There are simple steps that I have always followed, and they work for my clients as well.

  • Take action, following a proven step-by-step process.
  • Be Confident. And not the fake it till you make it kind- the true, authentic, bold confidence that lives inside of you.
  • Apply actionable feedback.

I KNOW that these steps work. I have helped numerous women up level their careers and their life by attaining the position that they dream of. So, imagine if this was you…?

  • You’d have less stress! This means that you will sleep better and no longer bring all that stress and anxiety home with you to your loved ones.
  • You won’t have a case of the Sundays…every single day.
  • You will thrive in a workplace that you actually enjoy. Now, when everyone you know talks about how much they love their job- you won’t be left out anymore.

These strategies can begin to work within a few weeks and it’s so powerful.

Click here to register to watch my free masterclass and learn more how confidence can impact your career, particularly in a job search- even if you are leaving a toxic work culture. 

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

This will be the best 45 minutes that you have spent on your career. Finally, turn any of your negative emotions into confidence and get the career that you want – and deserve. Click here to register to watch.

What Happens When Social Norms Can’t Run Your Career?

Do you think that your age will keep you from securing the position and salary that you’re dreaming for?

NONSENSE!

It is a societal notion that women must advance before they are 40-50, otherwise their careers are “over”. This simply isn’t true.

 This creates a daily struggle because you start to feel “less than” and like you may not ever achieve your career dreams of attainting management or leadership positions. You start to second guess yourself, your accomplishments, and your career. You wonder what the heck you have been doing every day. Are you wasting your time? Should you have been in another career? Should you be starting over? Getting an advanced degree?

This starts to eat at your confidence and your ability to do your job. You might start to lose sleep and wonder if this is even worth it in the first place.

Career advancement isn’t meant to be this difficult. With a powerful, proven process you can advance to a higher-level position and feel even more confident about yourself, your abilities, and your accomplishments.

The question is: Are you ready?

This process is so seamless and powerful that is has begun to work in just a few weeks and changed the way women approach their careers.

Some of the steps include:

  • Your Communication Skills. Are you communicating like a bold, driven leader?
  • Your Emotional Intelligence. How are you handling stressful situations in the workplace?
  • Your Conviction. Do you believe in yourself and what you want? How far will you go to achieve it?

These steps work and are so powerful that clients have seen results in just a few weeks. When you are powerfully aligned to what you want in your career and your life, it attracts to you like a magnet.

So, what would happen if this was you?

  • You could easily attract a job offer or a promotion
  • Securing a raise won’t be nearly as difficult as it sounds-in fact, you never realized how painless it can be!
  • You might even start to wonder or wish that you had done this sooner!

If you book a call with me today, I will tell you what’s harming your job search and your career. And I’ll also provide you with a step-by-step strategy to meeting your career and salary goals.

Click here to book your session TODAY.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your fears and doubts into confidence and decisive action and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

What Happens When You Fearlessly Pursue Your Passion?

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like.”

What makes you happy?

That is ultimately what you need more of! Your career isn’t supposed to make you sad, miserable, or feel less-than. It should make you feel happy, empowered, & proud!

Do you feel this happy? If you’re spending more time unhappy and frowning then something is off.

Do you have a case of the Sundays practically every night? Maybe you’ve been trying to leave a role for what feels like forever and you’re not having any luck.

Are your expectations weighing you down? Do you have this vision of what your life & your career are supposed to look like, and nothing less will do? Do you think that having anything else will be a failure?

Or are others’ expectations keeping you from meeting your goals?

It isn’t what life is SUPPOSED to look like, it’s knowing what you want & fearlessly pursuing that until you’re smiling. Ready? I am! Let’s chat 🙂 Click here to schedule your session!

Are You Confused & Frustrated Writing The Perfect Resume?

Have you ever found that you were excited about a job posting that you just saw, and you sit down and try to write your resume and cover letter and have NO idea what to say? You’d really LOVE to have this position but what do you say to make yourself to stand out? You’re really worried about ending up in that dreaded black hole- or worse- ghosted, again. You know deep down that if you hold back then it won’t help you or your career. So, instead you stare at your computer and end up judging yourself. Awful, isn’t it?

The truth is that by doing this you’re not putting your best foot forward. If you don’t know what to say and you write the thoughts that are in your mind, then you’re not going to get an interview, let alone a job offer. And if you’re not getting job offers, then your strategies aren’t effective or giving you the outcome that you need or deserve. It makes you feel like your job search is on life support and crippling the rest of your life.

You should be able to quickly and easily write a resume and a cover letter that will engage a recruiter or hiring manager and win you interviews. Imagine what your life would be like if you knew how to do this…and knew EXACTLY all the steps and strategies to use to get you interviews? And then 30 minutes later (or less!), you’ve typed it up and you KNOW that the work you’ve just done will WIN you an interview and help you get the job that you’ve dreaming about.

I have a very simple process and strategy that can do just that. It’s helped my clients win the dream careers that they’ve wanted and didn’t know how to go after, either. If you’re having trouble getting yourself interviews and sick and tired and fed up with not having the career of your dreams, and settling with the one that you currently have, then click here to book a call with me.

My schedule fills up quickly and the demand for this will be overwhelming, and I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, so book your spot now while they’re available!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie

5 Proven and Effective Strategies to Securing A New Role

Do you think that looking for a job is supposed to take a long time? It is the media’s representation of a job search that portrays it as this tedious, awful, and even painful experience in which people will automatically feel awful about themselves and practically begging for a job. This is because they are sick of searching and interviewing- and ultimately feel like they need to settle.

All of this simply isn’t true whatsoever.

A job search is an excellent time to learn about yourself, stretch yourself, grow, and expand your career and your dreams. You don’t need to settle. It should not be an awful or a painful experience either.

A few years ago, the economy took a nosedive and went into a serious slowdown. However, since then it has made a recovery. Are you waiting for the other shoe to drop?

Don’t. At any time in life something can happen, and you may not feel prepared for it.

One of my clients, Jane* felt the need to change jobs. She wasn’t so sure about the economy at the time, but it didn’t really matter- there were issues in her workplace, and she felt that it was time to make an exit as quickly as possible.

Despite her fears and hesitations, she learned that she was able to secure a new position rather quickly and efficiently. She didn’t endure any of the difficulty that is always portrayed and that she was so worried about. She used the simple strategies that I taught her and seamlessly went from one job to another one.

To learn more about these simple strategies and how they can benefit your career, click here to watch my free training.

I’ve helped numerous women secure new positions and improve their confidence- all while up-leveling their careers!

These strategies can begin to work within a few weeks and they’re so powerful.

When you are confident, you can attract all the things that you’ve been wishing and working for without any results.

So, what would this be like if this was your life….?

You wouldn’t have to worry about a job search the way it’s portrayed in the media or online. Learn something NEW.

Your email will be filling up with responses- for interviews!

You can secure a position with the salary that makes you feel valued, happy to go to work, and love what you do even more! What more can you ask for?

Click here to register for your session TODAY.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

What Happens When A Dead-End Job Leaves You Unfulfilled?

Have you ever just felt like telling your boss that you’re overworked, overwhelmed, and you’re doing too much work for what you’re earning? You know you’re worth more and you’re watching your friends and family earn more and not work nearly as many hours as you. Not fair, right?

The truth is that you’re in a dead-end job. You’re unfulfilled, bored, and accepting the status quo. So, why are you staying there? Settling will kill a career. If you have a case of the Sundays every single day, then you’re not going to advance in that position or in that organization, which means that you’re not going to earn more, either. Your career is dying like a wilting plant.

The name of the game in career advancement is being able to assess yourself and your value that will keep you from settling because you will always want more. Imagine what your life would be like if you worked for an employer and organization who APPRECIATES and VALUES your skills, talents, and achievements? What if you actually LOVED going to work? You’d ENJOY working with your co-workers, the work that you do, and feel like your salary is ALIGNED with your value. And you KNOW that the work you’re doing will actually receive POSITIVE feedback and make you feel GOOD about yourself.

If you’re new to negotiation, don’t think that you could advocate for yourself very well, or have had failed attempts in the past then you need to reach out. I’ve blocked out some time on my calendar to discuss how this process works.

Over the years, I have achieved a very high success rate of my clients fulfilling their career and salary dreams. This means that almost every single client has walked away with the job and the salary that she’s wanted. So, if you’re sick of feeling unappreciated, overworked, and your salary not matching your abilities and achievements, then click here to book a call with me to book a call with me.

My schedule fills up quickly and the demand for this will be overwhelming, and I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, so book your spot now while they’re available!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie