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Is Negotiation Keeping You From Your Success?

The media has made negotiation much more difficult for women- and this has made it overwhelming, intimidating, and nerve-wracking.

They have told us some big lies and portrayed it to be an impossible feat that can only be accomplished by our male counterparts.

Because of this, many women fear losing a job offer because asking for more will make them look:

  • Greedy
  • Bossy
  • Intimidating
  • Aggressive
  • Difficult

This emphasizes all the self-doubt that we feel about ourselves, our skills, and our career trajectories. They are using this self-doubt to prey on us, which makes us even more fearful, and has kept many from even trying.

And if you search negotiation advice for women, articles will tell you to do things like:

  • Come in prepared
  • Have reasonable expectations
  • Listen
  • Practice
  • Watch your tone

🤯 WOW! Those aren’t helpful. How will that advice lead a job seeker to a positive outcome in negotiating a job offer?

This is only making it worse by either keeping you from trying, keeping you from learning how it’s really done, or even from succeeding.

So, you’re never supposed to earn more? I don’t believe that. Imagine finding a role you loved so much with an employer who couldn’t wait to have you as part of the team, you were made an offer, but the salary just didn’t meet your expectations. Imagine you learned how to ask and BOOM- you’re earning more than you ever thought you could imagine!

It really could be that simple. I am so passionate about changing this and getting women into careers that they love that I created a process, which has helped women find their dream careers. This process has also helped women earn salary increases of $15K- $60K.

If you are serious about your job search, your career, & your salary, then I will show you exactly how to do this.

I am so passionate about changing this and getting women into careers that they love that I created a process, which has helped women find their dream careers. This process has also helped women earn salary increases of $15K- $60K.

If you are serious about your job search, your career, & your salary, then I will show you exactly how to do this.

This is NOT for everyone. If you are READY to stop struggling & finally LAND your dream career & earn the salary you’ve been longing for, then click the link below to get started by booking your strategy session TODAY! Limited slots available- book now before they are filled!

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Is Your Scarcity Mindset Limiting Your Career?

Scarcity. Not everyone is quite sure what this word means. In the simplest of terms, it means that one has a mindset that there will never be enough, whether that is money, food, emotions, or something else entirely. Most people suffer from scarcity and unfortunately, most people don’t realize it, either. However, when you suffer from scarcity your thoughts and actions stem from a place of lack. Instead of believing that you have enough or that there is plenty to go around, you cling to everything that you have out of fear of coming up short.

How Does Scarcity Manifest?

It can manifest as something small, such as not getting yourself a coffee even though you know you’re in dire need of caffeine or undertipping a server to much more substantial decisions, such as not investing in your retirement because you’re afraid of what might happen to the money or not changing jobs because you fear your salary might be less- so you settle and stay stuck and unhappy. This mindset keeps you from achieving wealth, growth, and advancement. Fear holds you back, so you’re constantly focused on keeping what you have and don’t seek new opportunities. So, you decline to fulfill your dreams, including your career dreams. You know that you’re underpaid but have a false sense of security by thinking you have to keep what you have and neglect to negotiate for more. Or you’re unhappy in your role and you would love to find something that fulfills you instead of feeling bored and like you’re not doing anything meaningful. But there’s a risk associated with that too because you have to give up your current paycheck and routine for something new and you prefer to cling to what you have.

The scarcity mindset also makes you feel unworthy of success and abundance. Instead, you will be focused on just getting by and avoiding any potential disaster. There likely won’t even be a reason to believe that things will even fall apart (this is an issue alone!) You will be putting all of your efforts towards just staying afloat so you will be reluctant to take any chances- even if it involves a small amount of money. The scarcity mindset will also force you to make poor choices and decisions. If you’re worried about your bank balance you might not want to open up your bills and even end up paying them at the last second- or worse, late. And I have news- the feelings do not go away on their own. In fact, they get EVEN worse, which increases the feelings of scarcity. So, how does all of this affect your career?

Scarcity and Your Career

A scarcity mentality doesn’t see opportunities. Instead, it sees limitations. Change seems impossible and life is unfair. An abundance mindset is about believing that there is always more. This includes more opportunities, more ways to grow, and more ways to turn a bad situation into a success. And when someone is looking for new role, it can be mentally challenging. It requires an abundant mindset because not every interview will work out, not every role will be meant for you, and you won’t want each opportunity that is presented to you, either! It will force you to pass on opportunities and wait for the next one trusting the process and trusting that it exists and will appear.

So, let’s break this down a little further. Those with a scarcity mindset are more likely to hang onto a miserable job because they don’t think that they will ever find another one unlike those with an abundant mindset. Those with a scarcity mindset are more likely to fear competition, begrudge others of their accomplishments, and struggle relentlessly to achieve a milestone that proves you’ve arrived. In addition, they are likely to claim credit for themselves, constantly themselves to others, hold onto things that they never use, hoard money instead of making smart investments- even in oneself, and limits plans to only safe baby steps.

It’s All About Choices

Your mindset is your choice. You can change it any time you’d like. You are not trapped there forever. We all have our circumstances that brought us there as well. However, as we grow up it is our choice to continue to stay there- or not. If you want to change your career and seek a massive salary increase, it will require an abundance mindset so you can think big and take the necessary risks. Once you remove the limitations placed on you, your career, and your life there is more than you could have ever imagined waiting for you!

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What Happens When Women in Tech Speak Up?

This week, according to Vox, the women at Microsoft are calling it a toxic place to work as alleged discrimination and harassment cases begin to surface after an internal email chain was made public.

The tech industry has long-held the reputation for mistreating their female employees, assigning them what I call “busy work”, and not taking their careers seriously. While women make up over half the workforce, we certainly have a way to go in the tech industry. Inc. recently published some data on the status of women in tech:

  • Women average only 30% of the workforce across major tech companies.
  • This 30% includes both technical and non-technical jobs, such as HR and marketing. Women can’t even hit 20% when it comes to technical jobs at tech companies. They hold merely 17 percent of the tech jobs at Google, 15 percent at Facebook, and only 10 percent at Twitter.
  • Out of the 41 of the Fortune 500 companies in the tech industry, only 5 have a female CEO.
  • Women hold just 14.3% of board seats of the top 100 tech companies.
  • Men are 2 times as likely to be hired for a role in math when the only difference between candidates is their gender, according to a 2013 study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Approximately 40% of women with engineering degrees either don’t enter the field at all or quit soon thereafter. In addition, women in tech with business degrees also have the tendency to quit the industry before rising in rank.

With stats such as these, women have it hard enough to launch their careers in tech- let alone to seek advancement while dealing with alleged harassment.

More than likely, the women who work at Microsoft involved in this complaint are facing an uphill battle and my advice is to also consider your own well-being and careers.

This recent news indicates that Microsoft may have a culture problem. Once sexual harassment complaints are made and allegedly ignored, it is a sign that an organization needs to start taking steps to not only rectify the issues with its female workforce but to initiate cultural change and work with its senior leadership towards what they want their male workforce to represent. Consistently denying women promotions while men are running circles around them advancing and they’re only doing secretarial work is toxic. In addition, sexual harassment is demeaning and can do a lot of damage to one’s psyche.

As someone who dealt with sexual harassment in the workplace only to have it denied and told it was “my fault”- it creates the most impossible circumstances to work and succeed in. I had projects rejected, was told that my work was sub-par, and that I wasn’t ever going to succeed. It became clear to me that change was not on the horizon, let alone in the cards- so I took my career into my own hands instead of letting it be defined it for me.

Women’s caliber is equal to their male counterparts and they are deserving of so much more and there are organizations who be happy to have them as part of their workforce.

If these allegations are true, Microsoft needs to take active steps towards changing its corporate culture, such as Uber did.

Anyone who understands corporate culture, knows that it refers to the beliefs and behaviors which determine how an organization’s employees and management interact. It develops organically over time from the traits of the individuals an organization hires. This accumulation of traits is what can make an organization evolve and become one that is less focused on equality, diversity, and the advancement of women. However, senior leadership plays an important role by embodying the change that they want to see, caring about its employees’ well-being, and creating a workplace in which everyone can thrive while carrying out the organizational mission and values.

If these are allegations are true, this is where Microsoft needs to make deep-seeded changes because their culture has evolved over time and it now reflects the traits of those hires that are sexually harassing women, rather than those that are there to do good work.

These ladies are taking the first step by making their voices heard within Microsoft and the tech industry. They are talented, bright, and accomplished women who have a solid future in front them.

To them, I say, don’t give up.

Even if your company chooses not to hear you, there are women who do and appreciate your efforts towards making change and speaking up. I hear you and I am with you even if you don’t realize it.

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This Is What Happens When Mindset Is Part Of Job Seeking

Do you hate looking for a new job because you find interviews to be just so stressful? They can be, sure. But are you actually avoiding finding your dream career because you’re not sure you can ace a series of interviews?

Self-sabotage.

Yup, I said it. It is. By doing so, it is self-sabotaging your own life and your own future.

Of course, an interview can be difficult and maybe won’t go your way, but does that mean you should settle?

A lot of job seekers come to me and harbor the fear that they are not “worth it” or “worthy” of a career change, earning more, putting themselves out there, and talking about their accomplishments.

Lots of them think that they need to go back to school for an advanced degree or stop changing roles because it will make them look like a “job hopper” or worse- like someone who can’t find their fit because they can’t get along with others.

Female job seekers are saying that they feel like an imposter because they don’t believe their own accomplishments, let alone having someone else believe it.

This is why I weave mindset work throughout my career coaching.

I understand how common it is for smart, accomplished, driven women who want to advance in their careers to get trapped in a role because they feel like talking about their accomplishments, asserting themselves, and having to “sell it” can be extremely difficult.

If you’re feeling this way, then know that you’re not alone.

You must have specific methods to clear these roadblocks, including training your mind to “brag” about your work, unblocking your negative self-talk, feelings of irrelevance, and limiting beliefs around success and money.

This is just a bit of what I help my clients do.

My proven mindset work will help you to develop the ability to sell your skills, develop a positive and healthy relationship with yourself, understand how amazing you truly are, and why you deserve your dream career!

If you are ready to take action on clearing your mindset blocks so you too can advance to the next level in your career then, click here to book your strategy session.

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your mindset block and doubts into confidence and decisive action and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Are You Confused & Frustrated Writing The Perfect Resume?

Have you ever found that you were excited about a job posting that you just saw, and you sit down and try to write your resume and cover letter and have NO idea what to say? You’d really LOVE to have this position but what do you say to make yourself to stand out? You’re really worried about ending up in that dreaded black hole- or worse- ghosted, again. You know deep down that if you hold back then it won’t help you or your career. So, instead you stare at your computer and end up judging yourself. Awful, isn’t it?

The truth is that by doing this you’re not putting your best foot forward. If you don’t know what to say and you write the thoughts that are in your mind, then you’re not going to get an interview, let alone a job offer. And if you’re not getting job offers, then your strategies aren’t effective or giving you the outcome that you need or deserve. It makes you feel like your job search is on life support and crippling the rest of your life.

You should be able to quickly and easily write a resume and a cover letter that will engage a recruiter or hiring manager and win you interviews. Imagine what your life would be like if you knew how to do this…and knew EXACTLY all the steps and strategies to use to get you interviews? And then 30 minutes later (or less!), you’ve typed it up and you KNOW that the work you’ve just done will WIN you an interview and help you get the job that you’ve dreaming about.

I have a very simple process and strategy that can do just that. It’s helped my clients win the dream careers that they’ve wanted and didn’t know how to go after, either. If you’re having trouble getting yourself interviews and sick and tired and fed up with not having the career of your dreams, and settling with the one that you currently have, then click here to book a call with me.

My schedule fills up quickly and the demand for this will be overwhelming, and I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, so book your spot now while they’re available!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie

What Happens When A Dead-End Job Leaves You Unfulfilled?

Have you ever just felt like telling your boss that you’re overworked, overwhelmed, and you’re doing too much work for what you’re earning? You know you’re worth more and you’re watching your friends and family earn more and not work nearly as many hours as you. Not fair, right?

The truth is that you’re in a dead-end job. You’re unfulfilled, bored, and accepting the status quo. So, why are you staying there? Settling will kill a career. If you have a case of the Sundays every single day, then you’re not going to advance in that position or in that organization, which means that you’re not going to earn more, either. Your career is dying like a wilting plant.

The name of the game in career advancement is being able to assess yourself and your value that will keep you from settling because you will always want more. Imagine what your life would be like if you worked for an employer and organization who APPRECIATES and VALUES your skills, talents, and achievements? What if you actually LOVED going to work? You’d ENJOY working with your co-workers, the work that you do, and feel like your salary is ALIGNED with your value. And you KNOW that the work you’re doing will actually receive POSITIVE feedback and make you feel GOOD about yourself.

If you’re new to negotiation, don’t think that you could advocate for yourself very well, or have had failed attempts in the past then you need to reach out. I’ve blocked out some time on my calendar to discuss how this process works.

Over the years, I have achieved a very high success rate of my clients fulfilling their career and salary dreams. This means that almost every single client has walked away with the job and the salary that she’s wanted. So, if you’re sick of feeling unappreciated, overworked, and your salary not matching your abilities and achievements, then click here to book a call with me to book a call with me.

My schedule fills up quickly and the demand for this will be overwhelming, and I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, so book your spot now while they’re available!

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!

Best,

Valerie

Are You Worried That You Won’t Make The Cut?

WOAH. I just got off the phone with a woman who cried throughout our call because she hasn’t been able to secure a job offer in a year. Margaret* was so upset because she’s not even sure that she’s been applying to positions that are right for her. She’s wondering if she’s wasted the last year of her life in this process. She’s used all of the job boards, you know, Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn? Nope, no luck. She said that her friend was looking at the same time she was and has already secured an offer- and that’s bothering her even more.

“I think I’m giving up” she said. “I see all of these amazing positions and I can’t even bring myself to apply to them anymore. Are they even right for me? I’m just getting rejections.”

She confided in me the absolute toll that this is taking on her. She feels like she can’t bring her A game to her position anymore. And while she knows that she doesn’t want to stay there forever, she doesn’t want to get fired, either. Even worse- she’s fighting with her husband more than ever because she’s so stressed out that everything is setting her off. She’s not sure she’s being the mom she wants to be, either, because her children have seen her crying and miserable and they’re not their playful selves, either.

This is eating at her confidence and hindering the process, too.

Listening to her made me so upset. Getting a new position isn’t supposed to make people feel this way or upset their lives. It isn’t meant to be this difficult. You don’t need Graduate degrees or to spend years back in school because you think you’re not qualified.

There are some simple steps that I’ve always followed, and they work.

  • Be Confident. And not the fake it till you make it kind- the true, authentic, bold confidence that lives inside of you.
  • Take action, following a proven step-by-step process.
  • Enjoying your new position and the life and abundance it will bring you!

How am I so sure? Because I’ve helped countless women secure new positions and feel better about themselves- all while up-leveling their careers!

This strategy can begin to work within a few weeks and it’s so powerful.

When you are confident, you can attract all of the things that you’ve been wishing and working for without any results.

So, what would this be like if this was your life….?

You wouldn’t have to worry about receiving countless rejections.

Your email starts filling up with responses- for interviews!

You can secure a position with the salary that makes you feel valued, happy to go to work, and love what you do even more!

If you book a call with me today, I will tell you what’s harming your job search and your career. And I’ll also provide you with a step-by-step strategy to meeting your career and salary goals.

Click here to book your session TODAY: http://askvmc.com/apply

Don’t put this off. This is your career- and your future. What’s more important than that?

Book this free call with me so that you can turn any of your negative emotions into confidence and get the career that you want – and deserve.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon!