Don't Let Confidence Stand In Your Way to Earning Equal Pay

Don't Let Confidence Stand In Your Way to Earning Equal Pay

On Sunday I watched the Super Bowl and while I lamented the loss of the Falcons, I celebrated Audi's commercial advocating equal pay for women, much like this Secret deodorant commercial from last year. 

I'm emboldened by corporations that see the competitive advantage to equal pay and opportunity for women. When the average woman makes about 54 to 78 cents to the dollar every man earns depending on her race, industry and job title, corporations must get behind their female employees.
 

The Greatest Challenges Facing Professional Women in 2017

The Greatest Challenges Facing Professional Women in 2017

Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from all across the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader. As a result, I’ve heard a lot about what’s plaguing the modern day woman when it comes to work and here are the three most common challenges facing professional women:

Do You Feel Paralyzed by Your Circumstances?

Do You Feel Paralyzed by Your Circumstances?

Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from around the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader. 

Many of the women I speak with feel paralyzed by their circumstances —  “I can’t earn money doing what I love, but I hate what I’m doing; I can’t walk away from this career I’ve worked so hard to build even though it’s killing my soul; I don’t have enough time to find a new job because I’m so busy at this one that I hate; If I go back to school, I’m going to be in a lot of debt, but I need more education to do what I want to do.”

Unleash Your Feminine Superpowers to Build Creative Work

Unleash Your Feminine Superpowers to Build Creative Work

How do you go about pursuing your dreams and finding creative work that is fulfilling, rewarding and meaningful? How do you experience success with your creative endeavors?

I believe both women and men can find the answer in what I like to refer to as, your feminine superpowers. Whatever your industry or sector, I firmly think this is key to your success. 
 

What is Your Origin Story?

What is Your Origin Story?

This month I've devoted a ton of energy to building out the concept for my book -- a process which has required a fair amount of time working through limiting beliefs, overcoming self-doubt and discovering what I truly feel called to say.

Since my business is named The Superwoman Project, this process has gotten me to thinking a lot about origin stories and how everyday superheroes get their superpowers. And then it dawned on me -- I like origin stories! They are so fun. (And I obviously like superheroes). 

My favorite origin stories are Spiderman, Superman and Captain America, and I cannot wait to see the new Wonder Woman movie coming out this spring! 

Most great superheroes and origin stories have several things in common:

Self-Acceptance, Integration and Freedom: Open Up to What is Possible

Self-Acceptance, Integration and Freedom: Open Up to What is Possible

Sometimes I feel like I'm actually living my life backwards. Like the older I get, the more I become like a child.

I mean, I'm obviously getting older and I can see the future ahead of me (grey hairs and all), but when I get very still and dig deep into my heart I notice something profound:

I'm reconnecting with my inner child more and more every day. (Yes, I'm about to get a little woo-woo, but just hang in here with me.)

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Job Offer Negotiation

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Job Offer Negotiation

As a single woman the best dating advice I ever got was to know my bottom-line and to not compromise on it. For me this means not dating a-holes or guys who don’t do what they say they are going to do. I have a one-strike-you’re-out policy on this bottom line. I simply. Won’t. Cross it.

The same goes for negotiating your salary in a job offer.

What is the least you’re willing to accept for this job? What is your bottom-line?

In order to answer this question, you also have to answer a few more questions:

The Secret to Networking Like a Pro

The Secret to Networking Like a Pro

A client wrote this to me the other day when we were discussing networking. Does it resonate with you?

“When I think of networking with people I don’t know, I’m afraid that I will meet people who know more than me or have experience and they will think I’m a poser or that I’m trying to get something from them. It kind of feels like an interview, instead of a conversation. Maybe I feel that way because I am trying to get something and I feel that I’m imposing on them.”

Have you ever felt this way about networking? Like your only purpose in being there is to get something?

7 Reasons Why You Feel Stuck in Your Search for Work

7 Reasons Why You Feel Stuck in Your Search for Work

If you’re looking for work, but are feeling stuck and paralyzed then you’re not alone.

Many clients come to me wanting help with an aspect of career development related to strategic things like personal branding, networking or negotiating, but nine times out of 10, they are stuck because they don’t know what their career goals are.

Setting your career goals is like punching an address into Google maps ― if you don’t know where you’re going, it’s really difficult to map out the directions.

If you don’t know what your career goals are, then chances are you’re stuck for one of these reasons:

Stop Looking for Your Dream Job

Stop Looking for Your Dream Job

I believe dreams are good for you ― they get you headed in the right direction.

I am also a firm believer in moonshot thinking ―  going 10 times bigger than you ever thought possible to achieve greatness. 

But in your career I want you to know that dream jobs aren’t always easy to come by. Sometimes it can take awhile for you to land somewhere that feels good and is tracking towards your dreams. 

Tweet Your Way to a Stronger Professional Network

Tweet Your Way to a Stronger Professional Network

Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of a high-level person of influence? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to get an interview at a reputable company, but don’t know how to get in the door?

Networking online can be a great start to building relationships with key stakeholders in your industry so that you can take your career to new heights and achieve more money, success and joy. While it’s a long-game strategy, Twitter can have a valuable impact on your ability to get noticed by influential people and organizations, or to build and grow your network.

Assuming you have the basics of Twitter down, here are six mind-blowingly easy ways you can use Twitter to build your network (don’t be afraid to dive in – the water is fine!):

What To Do When Your Confidence is Shaken

What To Do When Your Confidence is Shaken

Low feelings of self-worth and lack of confidence can undermine your potential to find a new job, get a promotion or ask for a salary increase. These limiting beliefs and negative mindsets often find their roots in old wounds and scars that haven’t fully healed or from negative experiences at a current or former job.

Perhaps you were laid off, or let go of for reasons you don’t fully understand? Or worse, you were harassed, discriminated against or experienced workplace conflict beyond your control?

It could take months or even years to recover from these kinds of negative experiences and as a result, you might find that you talk uncomfortably about while networking, or that you fumble in a job interview, feeling even more vulnerable and exposed to criticism and judgement.

If this has happened to you, it’s important to do the work to heal from the experience and regain your confidence.

Did You Make the Right Decision About Your Latest Career Move?

Did You Make the Right Decision About Your Latest Career Move?

When you take a step in your career that stretches you professionally it can often bring up a mix of emotions.

For example, if you get a new job, you will probably feel ecstatic in the beginning and so proud of your newfound career, but that first three to six months can turn out to be overwhelming, exhausting and uncomfortable at times. In fact, you might begin to wonder if you made the right decision afterall.

Sometimes the discomfort that comes with new responsibilities and new paradigms in your life can be just a symptom of change; other times it’s a sign something isn’t quite in alignment (or what you thought it would be).

Here’s how to tell the difference:

What to Do When it Hurts to Go to Work

What to Do When it Hurts to Go to Work

Dream jobs aren’t always easy to come by and sometimes it can take awhile for you to land somewhere that feels good. In the meantime, I realize that you might feel obligated to stay at a job that no longer feels in alignment. You need to pay your bills after all. 

If you’re waking up in dread and anxiety, and even your Sunday is ruined as you prepare for another week of suffering through a job you hate, then here is my best advice for you when it literally hurts to go to work:

Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn, My Interview

This week I'm honored to be the featured guest on Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn. I met Jodi in a classic networking way via an introduction from a friend (hat tip, Christie Mims of The Revolutionary Club). Jodi's work inspiring women leaders around the world to take the lead is admirable and I am so excited to share our conversation with you. 

In this episode, I had the unique opportunity to be on the other side of the mic sharing my own personal story of career and business. I talk about why I'm passionate in helping women achieve more money, success and joy in their careers and I share personal details I've not disclosed publicly before. 

I hope you enjoy my career story born of humble beginnings and the journey to where I am today. Might it lift you up and inspire you to go bigger, reach higher and pick yourself up when you fall. 

With love,

Jessica

The Four Things Women Must Do to Achieve More Money, Success and Joy at Work

The Four Things Women Must Do to Achieve More Money, Success and Joy at Work

The statistics are dismal. The average American is dissatisfied at work and the average woman earns 54 to 77 cents less than her male counterpart. 

You might be thinking, “Hey it’s 2016! What’s the deal already?” And I couldn’t agree more, but it’s a complicated issue with a lot of gray area and complex factors:

The Obstacles Standing in Your Way

First off, many women lack the confidence they need to go after new opportunities, negotiate a raise or ask for more responsibility. In addition, fear of failure, limiting beliefs and negative mindsets can hold women back from raising their hand, starting that business or setting a meeting to talk about salary. Not to mention, some women are so confused about what they want in their career that they don’t even know where to start. 

Next, pile on the male dominated culture of work, archaic maternity leave packages and lack of daycare and support for working mothers, and you’ve got a system that is broken. Finally, discrimination and harassment at work is real and sets many women back from going after leadership positions in their industry. 

I hear ya sister — BIG F’N SIGH 

8 Apps and Tools Every Professional Woman Needs

8 Apps and Tools Every Professional Woman Needs

The truth is obvious. You live in a fast-paced environment where 'being busy' is a status symbol and running a tight ship is a key to your success. In order to keep all your ducks in a row and manage the day-to-day experience of being a modern professional, you need all the help you can get. This is where technology can be SUPER helpful. 

I did a quick count of my favorite tools and a survey of my inner network to find out what smart, successful women are using to keep their sanity and here is what we came up with:

How to Use Twitter for Networking

How to Use Twitter for Networking

Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of a high-level person of influence? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to get an interview at a highly reputable company, but don’t know how to get in the door? 


Well I have good news for you. Twitter can help. Sure it’s a long-game, but when used correctly, over time Twitter can have a valuable impact on your ability to get noticed by influential people and organizations or to build and grow your network.

Here are five ways you can use Twitter to build your network.

What About My Career Now That I'm a Mother?

What About My Career Now That I'm a Mother?

I have a good friend who just had a baby and she's sick with panic over what to do about her career now that she's a new mother and maternity leave is closing. 

She has a great position at a prominent corporation that many women would die to work for, but she just can't see how she can leave her child in daycare and go back to work when maternity leave is over. 

My advice?

First, check in with your big, bad boss. No, not your employer boss. Your essential, stargazing, loving, beautiful, freedom-seeking soul boss. Close your eyes. Feel your feet on the earth and get grounded.