Saturday, February 7, 2009

Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes is a weekly feature. Here we will dish on tidbits, news, and important things we think you Working Girls should know. So scroll down to hear what we think you should glean from this work week.
  • As more and more layoffs begin to occur in industries such as manufacturing and construction, it seems that women are climbing further and further up the nation's payroll. According to this New York Times article, because women are usually employed within industries that survive economic hardships (such as healthcare and education), women are on the brink of being the majority in the workplace. 
  • A lot of people have been asking me recently about finding a job in a different state. I stumbled recently upon this step-by-step process on MSN.com. It has some really good suggestions such as registered with a large staffing firm and offers tips on how to tap into your network to help you make that out-of-state dream a reality.
  • Update! Kelly Cutrone's new reality show has been picked up by Bravo and is set to revolve around "strong women in the workplace". Sounds right up our alley. 

  • Nursing, computer information science, engineering, economics, and education. What do those 5 degrees have in common? Apparently they are the 5 most marketable degrees for anyone who is about to graduate in the upcoming class of 2009. Read on to learn how to make your degree more marketable in today's market! 
  • Do you dress to impress for work? Well if you want to work at the Bank of England you have to. Women's Wear Daily recently obtained a memo from the prestigious bank that dictated what their female employees should be wearing on a daily basis. Some of my favorite requests included being "careful with perfume", "always wear a heel of some sort - maximum of 2 inches", and not to be associated with "overstuffed bags, an overload of rings, or double-pierced ears". If I worked there I would officially have been fired on my first day. 

12 comments:

Nicole said...

Is a heel under 2 inches really a heel?...I'm glad I don't work there! I wouldn't last two seconds!

Workaholic said...

Sweet...did you read the five least marketable degrees? As a Communication major who went to grad school for journalism seeing journalism, advertising, and film studies all on the top five worst jobs list makes me real happy. WG2 Congrats on not going into Journalism right now. You made a wise choice.

~*Miss A*~ said...

I could never work at the Bank of England. I am the overstuffed bag lady lol. I have a really big LV Neverfull & seriously, it's ALWAYS full! Obviously not the job for me!

Lindsay said...

The Five Least Marketable just made me cry a little. I am indeed about to graduate in May with a degree in journalism. Awesome.

A.Sanghera said...

I just started reading and went back and read some posts as well, I just wanted to say that I love this blog.

ExposedNYC said...

The only thing worse than pursuing your degree in one of the least marketable professions is pursuing that field without your degree in that field,
while the money you spent on a degree in a really marketable profession remains completely unfulfilling.

Miss Type-A said...

That's crazy. I once worked for an office that had in the code of conduct that women shouldn't wear a lot of perfume. My mom told me it was sexist but I shrugged it off. Thinking about it now, it kind of was!

Hall Monitor said...

One working girl in Minnesota (a teacher) thought it would be a good idea to have her co-workers dress up like Nazi's and treat the children like Jews. It's all on DetentionSlip.org!

A Dilettante's Perspective said...

Another reason there will be more women working than men . . . we make less money doing the same job. Therefore a company would save more firing their men employees instead women.

Sassy Molassy said...

Glad to know I DON'T have one of the most marketable degrees (journalism with a focus in public relations) and HA! on dress codes that require 2" minimum heels. My feet hurt just thinking about that. My Kenneth Cole's and Danskos are my "go to" work shoes. Mom shoes? Perhaps, but my feet can't handle much else. If anyone knows of a brand that is both WIDE and CUTE, please leave me a comment on my blog! I'd love to find some new great work shoes that fit my feet.

Michelle said...

You're not allowed an oversized bag? Or is it just you cannot overstuff your bag.

If it's the first, I would quit! I live out of my oversized bag!

tamsin said...

i go to college about five minutes away from the bank of england - london's square mile is TEEMING with women like that. you've got to admire the degree of fastidiousness with which those women dress themselves...
also, love the blog.