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Broadside author Kristine Gill advises career experts whether a mentor or a career coach can help you take your career to the next level. Then scroll down to get job offers from Apple, AXA Group, Magellan Health Services, and more. (Many of them are distant positions!)
If you've ever felt trapped in your 9 to 5 If you've had trouble connecting to a new boss, you've probably complained to someone. Complaints are one of my strengths, but although it usually feels good, it's not always productive.
Instead of thinking about what doesn't work in our jobs, turning our wheels to improve, or deciding whether we're happy in our roles at all, why not just ask for help?
Not from the HR department – not necessarily from a colleague, friend or former professor. But from someone whose job it is to help you define and follow your career path. And in this time of precarious employment, this could be more useful than ever.
I turned to a professional career coach and mentor at work to understand what they could offer women.
Decide who is better for you.
Listen to yourself the next time you complain about work. Are you concentrating on office politics? Hung up on something rude, said your boss? Having trouble holding meetings because you're the new team leader? Stressed out about this year's campaign?
These types of concerns can usually be discussed with a mentor.
"I've had mentors all my life," said Erica Lockheimer, VP of Engineering at LinkedIn Learning. “In college I had problems with one of the more advanced calculus classes, and my professor taught me after school and gave me different times to get to her office. And I didn't ask about it, she just realized that I need it. "
These days, Lockheimer said, mentoring has become a little more formal. At LinkedIn, she helped launch a mentoring program for women. It's not the kind of post-work happy hour you imagine. Instead, it's a full-day conference where executives from across the company meet to convey the state of the country to women.
“We bring everyone together and have vulnerable discussions. You will be introduced to several trainers on LinkedIn, and that's pretty interesting, ”said Lockheimer. "We had them put their phones and laptops away, and it's a pretty rigid process that we have perfected."
Lockheimer said that women who go through the program are more likely to stay with the company. Surveys show that millennials who wanted to stay in their current company for five years had a mentor twice as often.
Of course, you can benefit from a mentor, even if everything goes well. This is because mentors are people with similar skills who are willing to share their insights with you to advance your career. They were there and did it, and they can tell you how to be as successful as they were. Studies show that women are more likely to earn a raise if they have a mentor than if they go alone.
"Mentoring can take place at any level," said Lockheimer. "Being a mentor really means just showing compassion, listening to the person and really caring for them."
But say you felt tired, uninspired and worn out. You may see that your attempts to start new programs, change workflows, or adopt new practices are hampered by higher companies. You may be in the wrong area – or at least in the wrong office.
Here a career coach can help you shine.
Ashley Stahl, the SoFi-based career coach, said the word she comes up with when she thinks of a coach is momentum.
"If you have a goal you want to achieve, if you get stuck in any way, how do you get going?" Stahl, who has an upcoming book on the subject, said. "Then I think about getting a trainer. Most customers come to me and say something is missing and they don't know what's next. And after our sessions, they have much better clarity.
"My focus is on helping people get clarity about what their next career move should look like and which way is best for them given their skills," she said. "My expertise is to help someone turn a career, but there are also executive coaches for people who are a little more experienced in their careers."
A career coach can be a privilege. Stahl said you could expect to pay the coach's hourly hours in the range of $ 200 to $ 1,000 an hour. The national hourly average is between $ 90 and $ 150. Most coaches charge based on service packages.
But for many, it can be worth the cost. Studies have shown that a fifth of female millennials have not yet identified a career path and over two-thirds of them do not feel they have as much control as they want to shape that path. Are you one of them
Find this coach or mentor.
If you don't work in a large company like LinkedIn, you probably won't have internal career coaches or formalized conferences for women.
Can't find a woman in your area or office to ask for care? If you are familiar with the arrangement, research shows that employees can benefit more financially from a male mentor, especially if he is white.
Lockheimer said it is fair to ask someone in your office that you look up to and that you respect. If this person doesn't have time for coffee or a more formal arrangement, they can recommend someone to do so.
If you are looking for a career coach, the process is a little easier since many work remotely with clients.
"I have a customer in Atlanta, a customer in London and a customer in the Middle East," said Stahl.
Stahl recommends word of mouth. However, if you don't know anyone who has hired a career coach, you can also try searching online for someone whose message and branding you identify with. Many trainers have built a robust Instagram presence with free resources. However, don't judge by the number of followers: Instead, Stahl recommends reviewing the testimonials or speaking to a former customer to get the information.
And remember: A career coach is different from a therapist.
If you've benefited from a mentor or career coach, you are probably suggesting to friends and colleagues to do the same. You can also become a mentor yourself. In fact, women are more likely to be mentors if they have had one themselves.
Lockheimer said that becoming a mentor to someone can be as easy as asking them how they feel and whether they want to drink coffee. More specifically, you can tell a colleague that you would like to have coffee to talk about something in particular that he is struggling with when you feel tension at work.
"And then you check in and say," I'll hold you accountable, "she said." You have to kinda push and look back at those moments to say, "How are you?" There I find that these relationships make the most sense. "
If that seems too formal or time consuming, don't sweat it. Much of the mentoring is an organic process.
"You have to want it," said Lockheimer. "Some people don't realize they are doing it. I like it because it helps me to be a better leader."
– Kristine Gill