Is It a Good Idea to Hide Feminism When Looking for Work? (VIDEO)


A wise question from someone who is concerned that her beliefs will be a problem.

Summary

The question I received was, "Is It a Good Idea to Hide Feminism When Looking for Work? " The obvious answer is, "No." It is not a good idea to hide feminism AND you may experience impact.

You know some organizations are not to be happy with your politics, which is why you are asking the question. You can no more hide feminism then you can being black. You can no more hide feminism then you can hiding a part of yourself. That didn't work for gay Americans. It hadn't worked for black Americans. It hasn't worked for obvious reasons.
It won't work for you either. . It appears to be a part of who you are and if you try to hide those qualities it will eat you up from the inside until you eventually explode.

I wonder whether in your mind you think you are more "more militant" (whatever that means) that you think corporate America can tolerate?. Let's assume yes. Why would you want to work for organizations that would try to repress who you are? Why would you want to work for organizations that we just want you to be another "drone?"

There are organizations that will respect who you are and what you believe. Why work for organizations that would be problematic to you and your beliefs in order to get a check? The answer is, "in order to get a check." Maybe it's the career path that you were trained for. . . Or some other reason.

In my opinion, don't hide it but understand that you may pay a price later on and if you're willing to do it, that is great!

There are many women and many people who have paid a price and change society. You can be 1 of those people and You might become 1 of those people who provides what I think of as "every day courage" that allows people to speak their mind and be freer from the shackles we all tend to live with.

It's your choice and I don't think you could live with hiding your beliefs. It doesn't mean that you have To have a flag out, and are constantly championing your beliefs. It doesn't mean that you have to do it when you're writing an email. I suspect that is the level of feminism that you're thinking of. I suspect it is not about the trivial and then it is about the everyday occurrences at work that people will tend to hide.

In conclusion I would say don't hide your beliefs go forward with them.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Revealing Bias | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 673 I discuss a mistake many make, job hunters, corporate and third party recruiters make.

 

Summary

This is another 1 of those stupid interview was the excessive people make all the time. It's a habit based upon how we were acculturated in the US that comes into play and shows up in interviews where we make assumptions about "the other" that you can't make. Here's how it does.

You look across the table, there is a woman sitting there and you referred to her husband. Well, I'm going to remind you of something. Same-sex marriage in the United States is legal. You now have to say something different. You now have to say something like, "husband, wife or partner." After all, she may be married to a man, she may be married to a woman she may have a partner. As a result, if you start saying things that assume that she is heterosexual, they're going to send up flags for the gay audience, and rightly so. You're denying the fact that they could be married.

Folks, you may start rolling your eyes and start thinking, "Oh, man!" Get over yourself! This is a fact. I'm going to say that from the job hunter perspective, you make the same mistakes, too. You see a man sitting opposite you, 35 years old, you notice a ring on their finger on the way in and you feel good that you noticed that he's married. Then, you referred to his wife and maybe he is married to a woman… But maybe he isn't.

Not referring to wife, husband or partner, I can assure you that he here's "an ouch" that hits him in the gut. When it comes time to evaluate you, it affects their decision (and rightly so). A person can't help it. People can deny that it does because they will be kind and say, "It takes time to change the habit."

Saying, "wife, husband or partner." Isn't necessarily going to get you brownie points. But the fact is, you don't want to offend, right? That's true whether you are a third-party recruiter, corporate recruiter or a job hunter.

At the end of the day, same-sex marriage is legal. Get used to a different language. Otherwise, you're going to hurt yourself. Somewhere along the line, right?

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Do You Think It's Age Discrimination

Do You Think It’s Age Discrimination? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 643 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks to older workers about how to deal with age discrimination.

 

Summary

This is a podcast for older workers that stems from a conversation I had yesterday with someone who had been in his 50s and interviewing, not getting results that he wanted and not really sure what his problem was.

To start off with. I asked him to break down where he thought things were collapsing. Here's how the model works. If you are not getting interviews, the problem is your resume. If you are getting it invitations for phone interviews but not in person interviews, you don't do a phone interview as well as you might like. If you're getting in person interviews but not being invited back for 2nd interviews,, you don't really interview as well as you think you do. We could go on and on.

I said to him, "When you stop and think about it, where is it breaking down for you? Where are the problems coming up in your search?" He came to realize it was his interviewing.

Once you identify this problem, I could feel his confidence build up because he had figured out that he really didn't interview as well as he thought he might have.

He has been a hiring manager no less. And, like most hiring managers, he had the belief that he knew how to interview because he had hired people. However, when you put people on the side of the desk, they often don't interview as well as they think they do. Then, they start to blame age discrimination as being the issue when their lack of preparedness is the real problem.

If you think is age discrimination. Most of the time, I'm not saying all of the time, most of the time it isn't. What it is is your lack of preparation is the real culprit. As a result, maybe it might be a resume… You haven't really studied how to write a resume. You're not getting them critiqued. If you are getting phone interviews, you think he can just kind of wing it through the phone interview and you haven't really rehearsed or practiced how to answer some of the questions you would be typically asked..

I want to encourage you to not fall prey to the self-pity trap of "I'm too old," or the assumption of age discrimination. Yes, there is but most of the time it is you. The lack of preparation and your lack of effort to get yourself ready is the real culprit.

 

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A Question About Discrimination | Job Search Radio

 

When hiring, are you allowed to deny people on a bad personality, or if they don’t embody the company image even if they meet the paper requirements?

bad-personality

SUMMARY:

“When hiring, are you allowed to deny people on the bad personality where, if they don’t embody the company image, even if they meet the paper requirements.”

I want to break this question down into a couple of different components.  The basis of the rejection is your personality, not whether you have the skill… The company image… I’m confused about that but I will try to sort through as I talk.

Discrimination exists, under US law, based upon a number of criteria.  Some states have added additional criteria onto the initial federal wants.  As long as the form of discrimination. Any of those laws, it is not, by definition, discrimination.  It may be discriminatory. It may reflect ignorance, but it is not legally discrimination.

In this example, a person meets the paper requirements and we don’t know whether this person displayed their knowledge poorly on the interview.  We are just going to look at what we know here.  This person believes that they were turned down based upon personality and a 2nd criteria.

Personality is not a discriminatory category under any criteria I’ve ever heard of.  Firms are allowed to evaluate people for “fit” as long as that doesn’t fall into a discriminatory category.  For example, we don’t think you fit in because we only hire men.  Another example would be your gay and we only hire heterosexuals.  And, of course you are black and we are white or your white or black.  What do you know about our culture without actually giving them a chance to demonstrate that in the course of the interview?  That would be clear discrimination based upon it. Personality… No.

Company Image?

I had a question based upon the phrase, “the company image.”  They don’t embody “the company image.”  I’m wondering whether this is a question about weight and whether this person might be profoundly obese, for example.  In certain states, that behavior might qualify as discrimination.

Ultimately, you have to prove that was the criteria for being rejected by this organization.  That is a hard road to take.  In terms of weight, to my knowledge, an attorney would know this better, you can’t use the excuse of, “No one at this firm is morbidly obese.”  That’s a term that I’ve heard used, to describe someone who was extremely overweight.  They are at the point of risking death by being that overweight.

Again, if you really believe that this is the case, consult an attorney and see what they have to say.  Find out what it would take to prove your case if the issue is about you being extremely overweight.  See if that would allow you to become a part of a “protected class” under state or federal law.  If you live in a bigger city, you might be protected under local law, as well, because those laws are added on top of the original federal law.

I’m sorry to be more specific, but I think this becomes a way to evaluate whether this is a case of discrimination and whether firms can do it.

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Gender Bias in Hiring

 

Freakonomics Radio did a provocative podcast on this subject called, What Are Gender Barriers Made Of.”

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I’m Being Interviewed by Someone Much Younger!

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to handle an interview situation where the hiring manager is much younger than you.

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Look Around Your Organization

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to look around your organization and notice any patterns in hiring.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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Aren’t You Overqualified for This Job?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter helps you answer the tough interview question about being overqualified on both the overt level and the covert level (aren’t you too old).

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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An Unrecognized Bias in Hiring

I speak about a prejudice that hiring managers have when interviewing.

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Stupid Interview Mistake #3: Making Assumptions That Reveals Gender Bias

In this video, I discuss a mistake many make, job hunters, corporate and third party recruiters make.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

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