"The purpose of Women's History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it's impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions," says Jone Johnson Lewis, About.com's Womens' History expert. Take a look at the story of how March was designated women's history month.
Then, take a look at the special resources about women's history month she has gathered from around About.com.
Finally, today is International Women's Day. Jone shares the history of this day, too.
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Are you and your contributions visible at work? Or, are you used to flying below the radar? Think not being noticed will keep your job safe? Not anymore. The best strategy now is to figure out how you can raise your visibility at work - in positive ways.
Companies don't lay off or let go their best performers. But, company managers have to know who you are. These tips will help you raise your visibility at work:
- Ask for additional and challenging assignments and tasks.
- Find and share ways to make tedious or repetitive work more interesting.
- Continuously improve your job and let your manager share in the success of your improvements.
- Offer to help coworkers who are bogged down or unable to finish a task.
- Celebrate success with your coworkers and invite your boss to attend. (The celebration doesn't have to be an expensive lunch out - order subs or do a department potluck lunch.)
- Keep your manager informed of your progress and ask for help if you need it. That's much better than failing in an assignment or missing a deadline.
- Maintain an infectiously positive spirit and outlook.
How do you obtain positive visibility at work? Find out more about how to raise your positive visibility at work.
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Reader Question: "I was recently terminated from a banker position in New York. The real reason was personal / family difficulties that caused problems with time management within the branch.
"For the past 5 months, I have used Position Eliminated as the reason. I really do not think the interviewer believes me. Why did they let you go and not the other branch bankers? I answered: seniority!" I would appreciate your thoughts.
My Response: The most important thing to do is to contact your prior employer and ask how they will characterize your leave taking when they are called for a reference check. You need to know so you can prepare the potential new employer for what they will hear.
Then, I suggest that you honestly tell the potential employer why you and your prior employer agreed to part ways. Be prepared to say why the problems no longer exist because the potential employer will want to know.
Then, spend the interview time emphasizing how much you can contribute to the new organization.
Any untruthfulness regularly comes back to haunt people and, even if you've checked with your former employer, the potential employer may get the real story from a friend, an acquaintance, or a chatty HR person.
Even in organizations that have a no reference policy, an astute HR person or manager can provide a lot of information in a phone call. There is a big difference between, "I'm sorry, our organization's policy precludes me from providing references," and, "How is Mary? I hope she is doing well. Please give her my best when you see her again." I'm sure you get it.
More importantly, telling the truth is the right thing to do and you'll sleep better at night.
And, yes, given the number of applicants who lie, exaggerate, or leave out information, on their application materials, resumes, and cover letters, and during the interview, the potential employers may not trust what you're telling them. If you've been doing interviews for awhile, you develop good radar for when an applicant may be trying to deceive you - the B.S. factor, so to say.
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