Need a New Job? Look No Further than the Top 100

At some point in my career, I finally gave myself the permission I deserved all along; to work for a great place to work and not limit myself to anything less. I found one, and I’m very happy and feel very fortunate that I’m not likely to be one of the millions of Americans looking for a job this year. If you’re one of them, however, I have some advice.

I’ve been sharing the same words of wisdom to all my young married guy friends for years; they’re concerned because their wives, new moms, moms-to-be or young moms, aren’t happy with their jobs; aren’t earning what they deserve or feel as if they’re not treated as well or as promoteable as their singleton or older-mom peers. In one case, a friend’s wife is nearing the end of her stint as a contract employee, following a major downsizing at her company.

I have Three Steps for the wives/moms/moms-to-be to follow:

1. Tell yourself, loudly and clearly, that you deserve a great job that makes you happy, satisfied and appropriately compensated. Say it every day until you really believe it.

2. Conduct your job search using ONE list: Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. These companies have the best benefits, many locations and a culture of support for people like you. Your compensation after your jump should be no less than 10 percent more than you made previously. If you don’t yet have children, but plan to in the future, there’s no better environment in which to find a good maternity leave, and a schedule that works for a future working mom.

3. Do whatever you have to do to hold out for the job you deserve. If it means taking an interim job in the meantime, tomake ends meet, do it, but don’t stop your search. The right job is out there waiting for you.

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I'm a public relations professional, social media consultant and work-at-home-mom living and working in Charlottesville, Va. I'm Marijean Jaggers and this is my blog.
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2 Responses to Need a New Job? Look No Further than the Top 100

  1. Crozet Mama says:

    Marijean, I respectfully disagree with you on #2. That’s a great list, but it only includes “big” employers, and most small cities don’t have many of the companies on the list. I work for an employer not on the list. Do I like my job? Yes! Was I able to take off enough time after the birth of my child? Umm, kind of – it is never enough, but my paid leave was generous compared to my prior employer, and most of my mom-friends’ experiences. Is my work life flexible enough to accommodate my family life? Yes. My company, and my supervisor in particular have been allies in balancing my work and family.

    But most importantly, my job has allowed me to stay in my hometown, where I have parents and a great support system built-in. Limiting my search to just the 100 best would leave me with slim pickings and an almost guaranteed move away from the people who are my day to day support in parenting.

    Better advice would be to look at the list, read about the practices of these family-friendly employers, and then look for those qualities when you seek a job. Negotiate things like a reduced schedule and flex time up front during the hiring process. Talk to other employees about their experiences with the company. It’s very possible to have a satisfying experience as a working mother even if you stray from the list.

    Amen to #1 and #3!!

  2. Sara says:

    I’d say the list is a great place to start if you don’t have many other search criteria. I see a few companies on there with offices in C’ville that I hadn’t considered applying to before.

    My current project is to get my company to adopt a Results-Only Work Environment ( http://bit.ly/rowe-dl ) … this may just be an uphill battle though and then I’ll have to decide what I want to do instead. I have a love/hate relationship with my job that comes and goes like PMS.

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