Friday, October 26, 2012

Is a Woman's Success Killing Her Man?

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Is a Woman's Success Killing Her Man?

Hanna Rosin author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women was recently interviewed by Tucker Carlson of the Daily Caller on C-Span. Rosin is a senior editor at The Atlantic and a founder and editor at DoubleX, Slate’s women’s section. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, daughter and two sons.

By Barbara LaBier

The End of Men and the Rise of Women deals with the impact of the recent economic downturn on the lives of people which has contributed to a lack of jobs for men in particular and has changed marriage, fatherhood and women’s rights. While the present generation of women have become more educated, with better credentials and the ability to be more nimble at work, men are loosing ground. Some women, for example, have three advanced degrees and have become a majority in the workforce, outstripping men since the1980’s. This is quite different than the generation of 40 years ago when in 1962 women were unfulfilled staying at home raising children and men were happier in the workplace. Is it a case of nature or nurture? Girls from early childhood on have the genes to learn easier and faster than boys. Endowed with great sitting capacity, they take direction well and have the communication skills prerequisite for success in the classroom. Their mothers were willing to make a financial investment in them because they are winners.

More recent generations of woman have the determination of immigrants bent on success. They strike get ahead and charge forward. After the Second World War after the men returned home they were educated using the GI Bill and found good paying solid manufacturing jobs that are not present today in the US.

As a result there has been a major catastrophe caused by our economy and many men have no jobs resulting in mangled egos says Rosin. In the past, small towns had factory work where you could start at the bottom and work your way up to manager and make a decent living of $70-$80,000 a year. Today these jobs don’t exist. And you can blame Mitt and Bill for the outscourcing. And recently I hard a report on C-span that said womwn have lost thousands of jobs during the last four years.

Successful women, who live in back water towns, generally come from Christian families where the man is the spiritual head of the household but not necessarily the breadwinner, says Rosin. These women find it easier to start at the bottom and move up. Men are not happy about working in healthcare as nurses or as teachers and feel emasculated serving in these roles. The jobs in these fields, however, stereotypical of womens' work have been a financial boon for women and opened the door to new jobs.

House husbands in urban areas who take care of their children during the day while their wife works as the breadwinner are viewed as strange by people still have prejudices and think that there's something with wrong with a man taking care of the children, concludes Rosin.

Not all men are good providers and some women keep their husbands around because they protect their wives in a pinch. In Scandinavian countries, for example, couples live together and raise the children but don't marry. In America, however, we are more conservative and sold on marriage. Parents are spending more time with their kids these days and worry they may be over scheduling their children’s day. House husbands take care of everything during the day but often once the woman comes home we find her tinkering in the kitchen. So men are resentfull that they don't have their own space or a job. Couples flip-flop and take turns at being the head of the household and the breadwinner.

The man have developed more fragile equality in the workplace today. Often women work less hours but expect equal pay. Rosin mentions that she watched her own husband getting the children ready to take them away for a few days so she could finish a chapter in her book and was conscious of her criticizing what he was doing in her mind. He was doing things differently than she would have done but fortunately she kept her mouth shut and everything was o.k.

Myths say women are not good in math and science, but they are debunked when you look at other cultures such as Eastern Europe and Asia where women do very well in these subjects. In the area of affirmative action in some cases, women get preferential treatment when applying for SBA loans. Given the fact men have been beaten down and feminized by their over achieving partners, perhaps, they need an affirmative action program to help them start businesses, conclude other men.

Questions about gender and the impact of work are far from  resolved. Women fought for help from men for more active participation in raising children. Along the way, they have earned good jobs as well. Yet, they still have problems. Men, on the other hand are not happy.  Some men have a lurking feeling that the more that men take on nurturing roles the more men feel women will not be very attracted to them  and they will dump them for a macho guy.

Is a Woman's Success Killing Her Man?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Botox Your Resume Into a Compelling Linkedin Profile

Botox is not just good for your face but now metaphorically, it can do wonders for your resume.

When creating a Linkedin digital profile, go beyond a resume facelift. Kill off the old hackneyed words and the outdated format. Turn your boring profile into a story about your personal brand.
A LinkedIn profile is a companion to a paper resume. The profile contains the following sections: a summary, experience, volunteer work, publications, skills, expertise, education and recommendations  and other information you’d like to showcase on-line.
Today's paper resumes are less in demand than an electronic version. While employers always require a detailed summary of the candidate's work history before making a final hiring decision, there has been a change in the last ten years now the recruiting process is on-line. At job fairs, company recruiters want an emailed copy of your resume not a white paper copy.

There is a certain art to creating a profile on-line. It has to be short, inclusive, laid-back, and contain compelling words to define your career story. With some work you can set- one- up that will expand your contacts and attract recruiters. First you must:

Create a Summary

A Linkedin summary is less formal than a traditional resume. The tone is friendly and the profile can be written in the first person. The reason for this is to create a kind of immediate rapport between the writer and reader.

In the profile of Tuffy P. Cat, included in this post, the summary section provides and overview of Tuffy’s abilities as a hunter and predator. Written in the first person in a colloquial and down to earth style, Tuffy shares his history and exploits as a mouser. After relating his mission, he reveals some techniques he’s uses to capture his prey as well as other skills. He mentions statistics and comparisons to build a case supporting his prowess and skills.

List Every Job In The Experience Section

Tuffy has worked at wordsmithing to turn his resume into a compelling profile. The titles of his jobs are rewritten to make them inspirational and compelling. He writes about each role he’s performed and mentions his accomplishments. The reason for including all his jobs is that leaving out early ones will prevent a search for former colleagues and he’ll miss the chance to reconnect with them. So you have the option to include them all—especially if you’d like to acknowledge different skills that are unlike what you do now.

In his profile, Taffy uses appropriate key words to attract recruiters who search for terms that match the job description. In the description of what he does as a mouser and rodent exterminator, reveals information about his role as a global trainer and coach. He tells about how many people he supervised and trained and how he helped grow the company. His profile is becoming a collection of cool things he’s done during his career

Include a Volunteer Section

Tuffy volunteered to teach these defensive training maneuvers to build his brand

Create a Specialty Section

Tuffy includes as many keywords as he can highlight what he does and so should you. Be sure to include keywords listed in your profile or you won't be found by recruiters who search resumes that match job descriptions. Target keywords that appear in scanned job postings, words and phrases that are listed in your industry or profession because these are often the terms that recruiters will search on.

Include Links to Your Publication or Blog

Under a heading called Publications individually list each separate article or blog to establish yourself as an instant expert in your field and invite comments. This is a good way to establish an audience and grow your network.

Building A Strong Network Of Connections

Tuffy discovered that LinkedIn search results don't work exactly the way a regular search engine does. Names and people who are immediately connected to his first degree and second-degree connections are displayed. These are beasts who know someone that he knew and then third-degree connections appear. He found that open networking is the way to go whether you know friends well or not because accepting those who want to join your network increases the number of connections that you have. If you reject everyone except good friends, Tuffy found out you will never expand your network.

Go Public

Linkedin allows you to control as much information that is inside your on-line profile. All recruiters and clients reviewed Tuffy’s profile via Google search since he set most of his profile to open. To change any areas from closed to open click on the edit profile tab and look for public profile. You always have the option to display what you want to share online.

Get Recommendations

LinkedIn displays recommendations that recruiters like to read, highlighting your skills and qualifications. Some write recommendations about themselves and allow the client to edit them because many don’t like to write. Performing volunteer work can be a good source of recommendations since you are doing tasks for free and it is unlike a paid service where the client may not want the world to know they got help from you.

Tuffy found that if he stayed active on the site post and regularly updated his status, contacts saw updates to their page. He used the site to research potential employers and networks to make new contacts. When recruiters and potential clients search for his name on Google, his LinkedIn profile is one of the first things that are displayed.

Tuffy P. Cat

Mouse & Extermination Expert

DC Metropolitan Area
Current Director of Special Rodent Extermination
Previous Rodent and Workplace Consultant

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My name is Tuffy, I’m a mouse and extermination expert. Talented at hunting and eradicating rodents from the workplace, barn, and basement, I started my career as a young kitten on a farm in North Carolina chasing and exterminating mice inside a large barn. As my skills and experience grew, so did my reputation. As time passed, my success rate jumped from kills of about 10 to 20% of the rodent and bird population per week. Although I sleep more than 50 percent of the time, when I’m working the night shift, I am very active. My mission is to rid the world of pesky rodents that terrify farm folk as well as sophisticated urbanites. I enjoy my work especially hunting and tracking and have developed many techniques for eliminating predators. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seek and destroy missions when through cunning; I am able to silence chattering, mocking, winged creatures. After testing their vulnerabilities when I get a chance I break their necks. Often, I proudly carry them around in my mouth displaying my handiwork. During my career, I have also trained and managed other animals teaching them the basics of urban warfare in the Middle East. My talents also extend to adding to my family and I have become a dad hundreds of times.

Capital building, Washington DC
November 2010 through May 2012 (two years)

Throughout my career, I’ve worked as a contractor on secret missions successfully monitoring areas during the night shift in the Capital building and the underground subway system. I’ve managed, secured and terminated large rats and other critters that hide near or inside the tunnels. After patrolling several blocks in a restricted area, I successfully exterminated 30% of the rodent population

"Tuffy is a very driven and determined Director who brings passion to his work as a Rodent Exterminator. His expertise in rodent seek and destroy missions is unmatched and his track record speaks for itself. He is known both nationally and internationally for his work with members of the armed forces and is a frequent advisor on eradication and surveillance issues. He is a tireless networker and an advocate for those looking to improve their career status. I highly recommend Tuffy as an experienced professional...and a great friend!” April 28 2011
Rupert Snow, General, US Army, Iraq


122 4th Street, Washington DC
November 2008 through May 2009 (two years)

During this job I left the country and began working as a mouser at the house of my new owner on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Soon I consumed over five rodents per day and achieved a 40% percent reduction in the mouse population. I earned house privileges for outstanding service after only two months on the job. When I worked the midnight shift, my duties included surveillance of the house, basement and attic, a combined territory of 30,000 square feet. Occasionally, my adventures included outdoor duty confronting huge nasty rats and would-be competitors. Consequently, I used techniques such as fence climbing, jumping and crying like a baby to deflect my adversaries


“Tuffy is the 'expert to go to' for anyone wanting to rid their basement or barn of loathsome rats and other pests. I have recommended clients to him without hesitation. With his years of experience, professionalism and easy-to-work with personality, it's easy to see why he is the mouse and bird extermination 'guru'.
Marc Z. Goeky, Special Forces, Navy Seals

GLOBAL TRAINER & COACH for Kittywater Inc.
Iraq & Afghanistan

November 2007 through June 2005 (two years)

While providing training and coaching to 50 or more cats in the Middle East, I successfully developed strategies and techniques for ambushing, intimidating and confronting the enemy while accompanying my owner. I brought aggressive well trained fighters into the company and increased the bottom line by 40%. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated sophisticated neck breaking and head bashing techniques and created several workshops on these topics to train new recruits. In addition, I’ve been honored for my claw sharpening on trees skills and attacking abilities, that far surpassing ninja knife sharpening methods practiced by my foreign competitors.


“Tuffy is an accomplished professional. He is involved and energetic. A great fence jumper and idea generator and willing to work tirelessly to meet objectives. Also, quite an entertainer.” November 1, 2009
James Washington., Community Organizer, Washingon, DC
Casar, North Carolina
September 2005 through March 2005 (seven months)

I started training for my career as a young kitten at Blueberry farm in North Carolina chasing and exterminating mice inside a large barn. As time passed, my success rate jumped from managing kills from about 10 to 20% of the rodent and bird population per week. One of my favorite strategies was mounting the hay stacks and pouncing on an unsuspecting mouse or terrorizing the bats above the rafters. For these acts of bravery, I was rewarded with a yearly supply of catnip.

Casar, North Carolina

July 2003 through December 2004

I  spent my time as a young kitten playing war games with my five brothers and sisters learning pouncing and leaping techniques as well as survival and hunting skills from my mother.


These articles by Tuffy P. Cat appeared in The Black Cat Blog

Secrets of a Champion Mouser
Engaging the Enemy, The True Story Of My Rodent Exploits In Iraq
Multiple Streams of Feline Income
Truculence in the barn yard, Tips on Exterminating Rats


Certification from Cat Masters University, Charlotte, NC June 2004
Graduated with a black belt from Kitty Foo Academy, Iraq July 2007


Member of Who’s Who in Feline Mrcenaries

Won the gold for fence jumping hijacks and the loudest purr at the Pussy Olympics


• Purring ability • Cuddliness • Confidence • Independence • Adaptability

• Surveillance • Killing • Hunting • Managing • Training


Directed a popular class on mouse skull bashing and bird warfare January 2010

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Five Ways to Sabotage Your Rise to Leadership

By Barbara LaBier

Leaders in public, private, and nonprofit sectors  fail to become exceptional leaders because they overemphasize personal goals at the expense of others according to researchers.

Barriers to success include:

Failure to Commit

As a manger you may be protecting yourself instead of supporting members of the team and making customers happy. Emerging leaders are advised to minimize scanning the horizon for predators and pay attention to others or an entire team. At this point in your career, capture the skills and resources that you’re missing to accomplish your goals.

Protection of Your Public Image

Many ambitious people choose between image and impact. Sometimes they are so busy creating a persona of the leader they would like to be that they fail to act as one. The best strategy is to help others achieve their goals and forget about appearing as a perfect leader in every situation.

Turning Competitors into Enemies

Turning negative relationships into toxic behavior carries significant leadership costs.

Distorting responses from other people you don’t like limits your view of reality and prevents valuable chances to collaborate. The better alternative is to listen to the other side of the story and turn revaluation into collaboration.

Going It Alone

People opt-out of leadership roles because the road is unsafe. Learning how to cope with your own fears is necessary and can be mitigated by relying on the advice of your “team” comprised of family, friends or mentors that help provide perspective, grounding and faith. Find others who believe in your desire and ability to lead and cherish them.

Waiting for Permission

While patience is the main ingredient in discipline and hope, it can also be a curse for emerging leaders. Potential can be undermined because we can be persuaded to continue to wait for someone to recognize our achievements and give us more authority. Generally influence leads to power so we are advised not to wait for the powers that be to anoint us but to take the chance to initiate change.

The information for this article was excerpted from Harvard Business Review January-February 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Why Feeling Bad for Some Leaders is Actually Good

Feeling Guilty is Good for Leaders

By Barbara LaBier

Guilt-ridden people make great leaders according to new study from data gathered through Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. A link between performance and guilt showed that people who were guiltier than others received higher performance rating from their bosses and were perceived as stronger leaders by peers.

Director of the Center of Leadership Development Francis J. Flynn, gave 150 workers in the finance department of a Fortune 500 firm a psychological test which measured guilt and compared the results with their performance reviews.

One surprising finding was that these bosses with high levels of guilt felt guilty when they accepted layoffs and carried them out to be good soldiers and believed in the organization.

Guilt can be good the author concludes because guilty and more neurotic people are more altruistic and willing to help others. That is not to say, however, that organizations should create guilt in employees to improve performance. More research is needed to access the effects of guilt on a leader and the stress it brings into their life.

Excerpted from the Harvard Business Review January-February 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Job Hiring Improves for Some

Job Market Improves for Some by Barbara LaBier

Improvement  in employment is occurring for groups of college and skilled workers specifically --- IT, technical workers, lawyers, finance and accountants, according to Jonas Prising of Jobs America.
“There are 50 million unemployed and 3 million job openings. While over all employment is 9.4 %, there is a bifurcation. College and skilled worker unemployment is 5% while youth and non-skilled is 18%. The level of skills and devotion to life long learning is vital,” added Prising in a CNBC interview.

Even recent graduates with superior skills are having problems getting their foot in the door,

" I talk with my friends and most of them are having a difficult time getting hired. Everyone has a great resume and it seems as though many have had an internship on the Hill and worked for a Congressman, " according to Eric White, a recent graduate of George Washington University with experience working at a law firm and  the Hill, with a background in Japanese.
Right now, employers are cautious about who they hire, making it tough for the average person. They are waiting for job seekers with the right skill set. Jobs in sales for example, are filled internally while other jobs which require credentials and education are recruited externally.
Employers complain that often they can’t find skilled labor. And consequently, they are willing to wait until this person appears.
You can enhance your chances of being found by writing bogs and creating your own brand. Of course, writing information or creating negative videos can hurt you.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jump-start Your Career in 2011

Take charge of your future and jump-start your career in 2011 with the right training.

By Yahoo! Education Staff

Was 2010 a rough year for you - professionally?

Good news: a new year is upon us and now is the perfect time to start training for a new career.
Keep reading to learn about eight exciting jobs you can jump-start in 2011.

Career #1 - Medical Assistant
If you want to start training for a rewarding career as a medical assistant you have two quick options. You can earn an associate's degree in medical assisting in two years, or a certificate or diploma in medical assisting in just one year.

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About the job: As a medical assistant, your days will likely be spent working closely with patients, preparing them for exams, and explaining treatment procedures. You might also handle a variety of administrative and clinical tasks, like taking care of bookkeeping or recording vital signs.

Average salary: Medical assistants have an average annual salary of $28,300. The top 10 percent of medical assistants average at more than $39,570 per year.
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Career #2 - Dental Assistant

Start your dental assistant training now and you might soon be stepping into one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, according to the Department of Labor. Consider a one-year dental assisting certificate/diploma program or an associate's degree in dental assisting, which should take about two years to complete.

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About the job: As a dental assistant, you'll interact with patients, keep the office clean and sterilized, and work alongside a dentist during procedures. Duties vary: You might make casts of teeth for temporary crowns, help with fillings, or keep patients comfortable during their time in the office.

Average salary: The average annual salary of dental assistants is $32,380, though top earners can make more than $46,150. More than half of dental assistants receive health benefits, according to a 2008 survey by the Dental Assisting National Board. In a time when health care costs are soaring, that's a huge benefit.

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Career #3 - Graphic Designer

Are you a creative person looking for the right career? If so, make 2011 the year you start training for your graphic design career. Most entry-level positions will require a bachelor's degree, but you can get started by earning your associate's degree in graphic design. This should qualify you to become an assistant to a graphic designer where you can gain hands-on experience in a graphic design firm.
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About the job: Being a graphic designer is all about getting your message across in print and electronic media. As a graphic designer, you might work on layouts for magazines and web sites, make promotional materials for businesses, or even create the title sequences for movies or TV shows.
Average salary: Salaries will vary by job and experience. On average, graphic designers make $42,400 per year. According to the American Institute of Graphic Arts, entry-level designers earn an average of $35,000 while senior designers earn an average of $60,000.
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Career #4 - Paralegal

If you want to work in law, but don't have the time or money to go to law school, you can train for a paralegal career in as little as one to two years. Consider earning either a two-year associate's degree or - if you already have a bachelor's degree - a paralegal certificate. Certificate programs can sometimes be completed in about a year.
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About the job: As a paralegal you'll assist lawyers with their cases and help them prepare for hearings, closings, and trials. You might even prepare legal arguments and motions that need to be filed with the court. This is a savvy choice for job-seekers: According to the Department of Labor, paralegal jobs will grow by 28 percent between 2008 and 2018.
Average salary: Paralegal salaries vary depending on education, experience, location, and other factors. The average annual salary for paralegals is $46,120, with the top 10 percent averaging at more than $73,450.
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Career #5 - PR Specialist
If you want to start training to become a PR specialist, look into earning your bachelor's degree in PR/marketing/communications. Public relations is another field with much higher than average growth anticipated - 24 percent from 2008 to 2018 according to the Department of labor.

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About the job: As a PR specialist, you may focus on generating buzz for your employer or motivating the public. If you're well versed with social media tools, this might be a great job for you, as more public relations firms are taking advantage of new technologies.
Average salary: Public relations specialists have an average annual salary of $51,280. The top 10 percent averaged at more than $97,910 in 2008.
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Career #6 - Bookkeeping Clerk

If you're looking to switch to a job with long-term stability, bookkeeping might be just the ticket. According to the Department of Labor, over 212,000 new bookkeeping jobs are expected to be added during the next decade. An associate's degree in business or accounting is required for some positions.
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About the job: As a bookkeeper, you may spend your days updating and maintaining all kinds of financial records. You might even handle payroll and keep track of overdue accounts.
Average salary: The average annual salary of bookkeepers is $32,510, while the top 10 percent earn more than $49,260.
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Career #7 - Medical Biller and Coder
Health care jobs are on the rise industry wide, and the Department of Labor anticipates employment of health information technicians - like billers and coders - to grow by 20 percent through 2018. You can start training for this career in as little as one year by earning a diploma or certificate. Another option is to earn an associate's degree, which takes about two years to complete.

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About the job: As a medical biller and coder you'll be a crucial part of the health care industry, helping doctor's offices manage patient billing by assigning the correct codes to patients' medical tests. While you'll likely be working in a hospital or a doctor's office, you might not interact with patients directly.
Average salary: According to, medical billers earn $24,986-$35,023 per year while medical coders earn $25,072-$32,483. The Department of Labor reports the average annual salary of health information technicians as $30,610.
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Career #8 - Teacher

If you feel the calling to become a teacher, now is a great time to start training. To get started, you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in education. If you want to be a secondary school teacher, major in the subject you plan to teach while you take a program of study in teacher preparation. If you want to advance your career in the classroom, earn a master's degree in education.
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About the job: As a teacher, you'll play an important role in the lives of children by planning lessons, grading tests, and working with kids in a classroom setting. You may use games, technology, or other hands-on techniques to help develop critical thinking skills.
Average salary: The average annual salary of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranges from $47,100 to $51,180. According to the American Federation of Teachers, beginning teachers with a bachelor's degree earn an average of $33,227.
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Unless otherwise noted, all salary information is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008.