Social contacts work for men, but not women, in job hunt: report
That thud you may have heard recently is the sound of women continuing to hit their heads on that invisible glass ceiling, particularly when it comes to looking for a job.
Work experience generally helps people foster the kinds of personal contacts that can lead someone to new career opportunities, but a study from North Carolina State University suggests that this is really only true for men and that gender bias plays a key role here.
They were no more likely to find a job through informal recruitment than they were through a formal job search, the researchers maintain.
“Researchers have argued that women face lower-wage payoffs than men with similar work experience because the women have fewer opportunities to develop job skills,” says lead researcher Steve McDonald, adding that a lack of useful social connections may also be driving the gender wage gap.
Subtle though it may be, gender bias falls into four basic patterns. Naming them makes it easier to spot them and having a common language to describe the different types of bias makes it harder for others to shrug off or ignore complaints.
To see how deep this issue can hide in plain sight, try playing Gender Bias Bingo, an
exercise developed by the Center for Work Life Law at the University of California.
Your playing card consists of nine boxes aligned in three rows and columns, with each box describing forms of gender bias such as hitting a ‘Maternal Wall’ based on unfair expectations of mothers, or ‘Double Binds’ when women are urged to behave like men but then criticized when they do.
When you're finished, try this pop quiz as well.
Tell us: Do you feel that a lack of networking opportunities holds women back? Are things worse, thanks to a tough economy?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money
Posted by: Bryan Jaskolka | Dec 30, 2021 9:11:01 AM
I'd be interested to see what some Canadian surveys and research said about this subject. I would also like to see how the gender bias affects those that work from home. With self-employment becoming so huge, I actually think women have the upper hand when it comes to using your contacts.I find that, along with the trend of self-employment, many women are also returning to staying at home. So these are the people that are out in their community all the time and networking - whether they realize it or not. I've heard of dozens of women who have become self-employed while staying at home, because of all the networks they have established in the last few years of being at home. I usually really like all your surveys and findings, but I find there are too many unanswered variables in this one.
Posted by: philip | Dec 31, 2021 12:17:03 AM
Yeah,yeah,we get it.Being man easy;being woman hard. Please find another drum to beat,this song is way past getting old.Overall women have it better then men and one could argue they always have,but there are lots of reasons no one does.Just move on to something more productive then constant gender comparisons where women always end up being the victim.Or,if thats all there is,don't move on to anything else.Just shut up.Yawwwwn.
Posted by: Jim B | Dec 31, 2021 6:29:28 AM
Actually, it's been my experience that women are so much better at networking than men. and because of their ability to relate, they are much more interesting to work with. Networking for men can backfire easily if you are perceived to be a threat to the upward mobility or current security of your fellow male coworker. If a woman can maintain professionalism she is more likely to be recognized and recruited by another woman and perhaps by a man with high moral standards and strong integrity. Where it breaks down is when the relationship becomes too personal. At that point, other women become jealous and catty and will set about scuttling the woman's career plans, while the men revert back to their basic sexual needs and view the woman as a potential conquest and afterwards a personal threat. So there you have it. Women don't get the promotion if the networking turns flirty and men don't get it if they are perceived as a threat, so, they don't get it unless the person recruiting doesn't want it for themselves. Forget the Freud. It's all about testosterone and estrogen. We are who we are. Simple. Peace, out.
Posted by: K. | Dec 31, 2021 7:09:41 AM
Same pattern, different millenium. Women will ALWAYS be hold back, in many ways. Just a few examples: 1. What the text says.
2. A guy can scoring 120 women is a real a man. A woman scoring 120 men is a whore.
3. A woman that wants to have sex is a bitch. A woman that refuses sexual advances is ALSO a bitch.
4. A political man, is a man, has power, is handsome, etc... a political woman is criticized for what she wears, what she looks like, if she cries, she's just another weak individual that couldn't lead a country because of her emotional side. AND she will often be called a bitch, or a cow... don't believe me? Just take a look at some archived videos or articles from reporters about Sarah Pallin and Hillary Clinton...
Posted by: Jen | Dec 31, 2021 8:12:59 AM
What an utter load of tripe. In my experience as a woman working in a predominantly male industry, I have never experienced a single one of the things mentioned in this article or the linked pages.
Apart from my first job out of school, every onel of my professional jobs have been found through personal networking and being headhunted. I earn a higher salary than 95% of my male colleagues, and I've regularly been promoted over my male colleagues.
I'm sure gender biases exist on a limited scale somewhere, but they are nowhere near as prevalent as the MSM would like us all to believe. It certainly has never been my experience in any of the countries or jobs in which I've worked.
Posted by: Coppergirl | Jan 1, 2022 12:39:18 AM
I work in a male dominated industry, and belong to one of the largest private sector unions, the glass ceiling is real and gender bias runs rampant, right up tp the top dog of the union(International President) Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Posted by: Walter | Jan 1, 2022 6:38:16 AM
Another pity poor white women article.
The women of 'the west' will only understand how truly spoiled their life has been is after the era of western domninance has abated and these women live the reality the rest of the world already lives.
I would say grow up and assume some responsibilty but we know that isn't popular for these women or their mindless shills.
Cry on and demand that our society continues to kick the chair out from under hard workingl young western men. This will only hasten the decline of the western society and bring reality crashing violently home for these clueless women sooner.
I would say travel the world and see how China, South Korea, Dubai, etc have leaped forward in the past 20 years while we have stood still, but I don't think these these folks could put 2 and 2 together so I won't waste my breath.
Posted by: Complaining | Jan 1, 2022 10:56:07 AM
If this were an article on men and child custody, I wonder how many of you complaining men on here would be lamenting the "oh woe is me men are treated unfairly" crap. Apparently only you guys are allowed to complain right? When women do it, it's feminazi propaganda correct? I've worked in a male dominated environment, and they were great but it was obvious that many thought I was only the cute girl in the office and it took a long time for them to realize that "Holy S*** the girl is actually smart" Once your daughter hits the job market you'll probably see it in a different light. The fact of the matter is women DO have it harder in certain area and men have it harder in others. When it comes to the job market - the Hilary Clinton are seen as shrews and unlikeable whereas the Bill Clintons are adored and admired..... Barely a few hours into 2013 and the sexist wars have already begun.... we all have a LONG way to go!
Posted by: Dano | Jan 1, 2022 12:06:31 PM
white males are the most neglected part of society every one assumes that you have been handed every thing in life . I think its the other way around. In canada there are laws to protect every one from harrasmentor neglect except white males. I have seen women get promoted ahead of men because of thier gender. Job applications that state on native or immagrant status need only apply.
But that isnt gender or racsist at all is it.
Posted by: Dano | Jan 1, 2022 12:08:53 PM
when you exclude someone from competition because of gender race etc, you are predjudiced regardless of your reasons. hitler felt vindicated by his rationel look how that turned out.
Posted by: John | Jan 1, 2022 2:13:50 PM
This article is a waste of space. There is no glass ceiling and there is not wage gap. If women were really getting paid so little, every man would get fired and replaced by a woman. Try reading Warren Farrell “The Myth of Male Power”.
Posted by: Dano | Jan 1, 2022 2:48:20 PM
I have worked with many excellent female workers some even purhaps moreso than I. I never have taken any thing away from a womens success nor do I hold any higher esteem for a succesful women. I do not believe that women are victumized if anything its the other way around, reason being government that buys votes from womens group and other special interest groups. So sad that journalists buy into this crap instead of having balls to write somthing contavercial and that is true. I guess fear of being rejected by bs printing pandering sites like this cosmo womens day steaming pile.
Posted by: J | Jan 1, 2022 4:44:07 PM
What a load of crap. Officially the genders were equalized years ago, but the truth is the truth. Women get better treatment then men. Men and women are not equal. Women get all the benefits, while men get all the burden. Men are rationale, women are emotional. That's why women have never faired well in politics. It's why men go into combat and women don't in military campaigns. There's always exceptions to every rule. A man that sleeps with 120 women as K points out is an alpha male. Here's a rebuttal for "K". A woman that sleeps with 120 men is a whore. She's only a bitch if she didn't sleep with you. With women in power societies collapse. With men in power, societies thrive and expand. Take a look at history. Cleopatra of Egypt. The Egyptian and Roman empire both collapsed because of her and she was a whore. Under Queen Victoria, we get the Victorian era and some of the most unrealistic and prudest of times that lead to he puritan movement, which was nonsense. At the same time her people starved because of the great potato famine that ever struck in history. This caused her to lose power from Ireland from 1845 to modern day. Great leader my ass. Not only that, they all emigrated to the U.S.
Under Queen Elizabeth the II there's been more blunders under her leadership than victories of good governance. Like the Falklands wars (plural), the Troubles of Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan as her own subjects are completely disgusted by her inability to maintain a balanced society of any sort. Windsor castle burns down, she expects the tax payers to pay for it, while her personal wealth is reported in the hundreds of millions of dollars. People are rioting regularly in the U.K. for just mixing the races like every other capitalistic country, which causes more social problems than benefits the majority. I am very critical of her, since she hasn't left a fit heir to follow her rule. Under her reign, the Commonwealth Empire has been forgotten and has disappeared. Men make empires, women break them. FACT! This is why most Anglo-Saxons make fun of the French. The only male monarch in history who couldn't keep his reign, and his people starved. And his failure, is today's problem because of the people who took the power from him, their ancestors have turned the world into a slave race with a corrupt monetary system. Which brings us to the American issue, the root cause of every war in the past 300 years on multiple continents. It's all because of their bankers, their oil tycoons and their oil tycoons and their pharmaceutical interests. Together they built a military complex as a subsidy to enforce their rule. Since they were so greedy, they sent their jobs to China. While sacrificing their own people for immediate gain. Then when people can't afford to just be and living, injustice strikes. So their solution was to borrow money off the producers for their society. Which is truly what the deficit is all about. You can't expect someone to make everything for you, than borrow off them to buy their products. That's 300 years of condensed history in a nutshell for you. Which is why everyone in the world is protesting. If they aren't, they're stupid and should be.
Posted by: John | Jan 1, 2022 5:09:56 PM
I thought the authors name looked familiar. It’s the same person that wrote an article that originally was titled “The ongoing search for deadbeat Dads”. After receiving some flak in the comment section changed the title to “The ongoing search for deadbeat parents”.
What’s with all the male bashing dude?