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As a woman entering the workforce, you may find yourself dealing with a unique set of challenges in your job search. Wondering how to research employers who are dedicated to gender equality within workplace interactions, pay, and promotions? The Boston College Career Center offers a variety of resources to support women as they start their job searches and advance their careers.
Please schedule an appointment through EagleLink to meet with a Career Advisor to discuss any additional questions.
A variety of resources are available to support women as they search for jobs and advance their careers.
Women for Hire | Women for Hire offers signature career fairs, an exceptional professional online network, speeches and seminars, customized marketing programs, an online job board, and more.
American Association of University Women |The AAUW advances equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.
WAGE Project | WAGE inspires and helps working women to take the steps needed so that every woman is paid what she’s worth.
Workplace Fairness | Workplace Fairness provides legal information about sexual and gender discrimination.
WITI | WITI works to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership, and economic prosperity.
Career Women | Career Women offers a job search engine to help qualified women find employment.
Negotiating a salary can be intimidating. It’s often hard to negotiate a salary when you are unsure about whether the number for which you’re asking is too high. Here are a few tips on how to prepare to negotiate your salary.
- Research the worth of your position combined with your experience. This will help you feel informed and confident in asking for a higher salary, bonuses, or vacation time.
- Let the employer make the first offer. Try not to disclose a specific number beforehand because this may result in you asking for a salary that is lower than an employer may have originally offered.
- Be confident in your ability to counter offer; you don’t have to take an employer's first offer. This does not necessarily have to only include base salary pay. You can negotiate bonuses, vacation days, your work schedule, or stock options. If an employer is offering you the job, you are qualified and have skills that are important to their company and the company should offer you a compensation relative to those skills.
For more information on how to negotiate a salary, please visit women for hire.
When looking for potential companies for which you may like to work, you may want to consider what the company culture is surrounding women in the workplace. Here are a few things that you may want to consider. Most of the answers to these questions can be found online, through on-campus employer information sessions or through informational interviews.
- What is the ratio of women to men at the company?
- What percentage of those women hold executive/managerial positions?
- Does the company have any diversity initiatives or commitment to gender equality on their website or in the media?
- What are their anti-discriminatory policies?
Sometimes an interviewer will ask you questions that you feel are too personal or unrelated to the job. Most of the time interviewers who ask these sorts of questions are just trying to make small talk without actually thinking about the impact of how it may make the interviewee feel. While you’re in the interview you can try to decide what the interviewer's intent is in asking you a personal question, such as whether you’re planning on starting a family in the near future. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can also give them a short general answer and say, “Oh, why do you ask?”. By inquiring about their actual concerns, you may be able to address their specific questions, such as will you be reliable and come in to work on time, instead of feeling pressured to talk about your personal future plans.
If you cannot find a way to answer an employer's questions in a manner that doesn’t make you feel like you’re being unfairly grilled about your personal life, you may want to ask yourself whether you would be comfortable working for that company.
- Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
- How Remarkable Women Lead – Joanna Barsh & Susie Cranston
- The Confidence Code – Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
- #GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruso
- Knowing Your Value – Mika Brzezinski
- Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges – Amy Cuddy
Additional Resources & Organizations
Joining campus organizations is a great way to connect with your peers and expose you to additional professional development opportunities.