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mt // GENDER PAY INEQUALITY
Spring 2016

A DIFFERENT

TAKE
Looking at gender pay inequality.
- By Cathleen Faerber

There has been much discussion
recently regarding gender pay inequality. This conversation reached fever
pitch with the disclosure that female
actors earn less than their male counterparts. This information was made
public as the result of the unauthorized
disclosure of information from hackers.
In response, the head of Sony Pictures
stated that this is what was negotiated.
In the world of corporate America, a
similar cry has been heard. It's reported
that women currently are earning 78
cents for every dollar earned by men.
Having worked in the corporate HR
world and now functioning as an outside
vendor doing retained search - working
with companies of various sizes, industries and geographies-I can honestly
say that I have never experienced anyone purposefully offer female candidates less money that male candidates.
What I have experienced is a desire time
and time again by many of my clients
for female talent to complement their
existing staff. One would then have to
wonder - why is there a problem?
It is believed that there are many issues not captured in statistics that contribute to the wage disparity between
men and women. Many attribute this
disparity to gender discrimination; however, I would like to bring an alternative

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perspective into the conversation. As an
outside recruiter, I find myself reaching
out to male and female professionals in
many disciplines and industries as well
as geographies. Over the course of many
years, through thousands of telephone
overtures made to potential job candidates, I have observed a set of behaviors
exhibited by successful people of both
genders. These include:
* They're open minded. Successful
people will take calls from an unknown recruiter, listen and follow

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through to learn more even if they
have not previously thought about
changing positions. They know the
importance of gaining information
and knowledge, two very powerful
tools in building a stellar career.
* They're well connected. Successful
individuals make a point of knowing
other people in their industry. They
readily refer and connect others to
opportunities.
* They have a career plan. Successful
people may not know what the next
five years will hold, but they have
already thought about where they
would like to take their career next.
They understand the importance
of being proactive to achieve their
goals and don't place their career in
the hands of their employers.
* They're proactive. Successful
business people don't get themselves caught up in the loyalty
trap. It's great to love your company, your co-workers and bosses;
however, failing to be proactive
will negatively impact your career
progression.
// Regardless of gender,
men and women who are
prepared, informed and
proactive will always win in
the end.


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