Thursday, May 12, 2011

Female Graduates looking for That First Job This Should Help Guys This Can Help You Too

As a member of the new post Fred Flinstone era generation I wanted to give this some thought. I thought that throughout my day I seem to deal with more women then men while going through my daily schedule and this is worth more exploration.

This video is a link to a speech that I saw on C-span one afternoon. The speaker got my attention and I watched the entire program. I thought about how I would feel if I was a woman and was paid less than I deserved. I took a different look at this for two reasons plus I need to make my critical thinking instructor proud.

First, I was laid off from a good paying job back in 2008. Since then I have had to take extraordinary efforts to get myself ready to re-enter the job market. I have been earning an IT degree for those of you who may have not seen my earlier posts. As a formerly dislocated worker my resume is indelibly marked with this event that might call into question my character since I am not currently working. I am not prepared to lie on my resume. However, there is nothing to stop a potential employer from assuming the worst about me.

Secondly, I have a weight issue that is also out there front and center. Unlike other potentially damaging things an employer might see like a tattoo or piercing I cannot simply wear a long sleeve shirt. This might say things about me that I cannot control in the very immediate future. Lord know's I have tried. Like a woman who is seeking a job she cannot hide or control her gender, nor should she have to. Without women none of us would be here today. Similarly women did not get a chance to opt-in to being the gender who carries the unborn. Thankfully, it is inherent to who they are and why they deserve equality.

The nice thing about this video is that it can benefit anyone who watches it man or woman. The speaker is not secretly holding a meeting of the "He-woman Man-Hater's Club." She is just offering some good advice. I suppose I could tie in some mention to the serenity prayer here but I think you all get where I am coming from. I hope this helps you my readers, that is my goal.  

Helpful information for those seeking jobs or renegotiating their salaries.

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