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How to Use Social Media for Your Job Search

Were you ever asked to attach a link to your social media profiles on your resume? If not, this doesn’t mean that the interviewer didn’t look you up on Facebook or Twitter when they received your resume.

Sure, this might sound a bit intimidating, especially if you consider your social media profile personal, but these days it’s more likely than not that recruiters scan your social media profile before calling you in for an interview.

Why is this so? Because the interviewers believe that your social media profile is able to tell them more about you than both your cover letter and the CV. And it actually can.

For example, if you claim to be serious and collected, but your Facebook account is filled with inappropriate jokes and photos of you drinking, this will very likely affect their impression of you, and not in a good way.

The same happens if you badmouth your previous employers on social media or do other things that could compromise the image you’re trying to project.

While you might feel a bit uneasy about this, this is important to know. Making your social media profile a tool as powerful as your resume and cover letter could greatly aid you in your job search.

So how can you use social media to aid your job search?

  1. Tailor your profile.

Just like a nasty social media profile could affect the interviewers’ decision to hire you, a good one could benefit you a lot.

Work hard to make yourself presentable: delete all the things that could compromise you, and instead focus on adding some information about yourself, your hobbies, interests, and skills.

Of course, pay special attention to your LinkedIn profile. Don’t settle for adding the recent job history only, even if you consider it the most important.

Instead, fill in all the information pertaining to your job and educational history over the past 15 to 20 years (and do this in as much detail as possible).

  1. Network.

Let’s assume you want to contact someone or impress a specific person. Years ago it would be so hard to do: even contacting this person (especially if they are very important) could take a lot of time and yield few results.

However, now, when most important people have their own social media profiles, it has become much easier. For example, you can now easily contact even the CEO of a company on Twitter, simply replying to their Tweet or mentioning them in yours.

Of course, if you want them to notice you, your tweet needs to be well-crafted and showcase exactly why they should hire you. For some inspiring examples, check out these 140-character resumes designed to wow potential employers on Twitter.

Remember, though, that’s not the only way you can benefit from social media. Social networks also allow you to establish contacts with other important people, who can teach you something, assist you with something, and even help you land a dream job someday.

Join groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, participate in group discussions on LinkedIn and Twitter, create and publish your own blog related to your niche – and you’ll be able to make new important business connections and get noticed.

  1. Use a blog to land a job.

This might seem like an option for only bloggers, but actually, it’s not.

When you create a blog related to a certain niche and fill it with unique and valuable information, you can become a niche expert (of course, if you do this right and invest some time in communication and promotion).

This way you’ll already look impressive and professional enough to the recruiters. If you don’t know anything about blogging, subscribe to this free email course on how to create, publish and promote your own business blog.

You might be surprised by how many recruiters actually pay attention to expert bloggers. Even mentioning a company’s name in one of your posts could benefit you when applying for a certain position there.

Moreover, the best way to make an impression on a company you would like to work at is to communicate with them (on their blog, for example).

You can comment on some articles or posts, voicing your opinion. Just make sure that you have a back link to your blog posted in your signature so it’s easy for them to find it.

  1. Use social media to check out job offers.

Many of us have companies we dream of working in. However, they aren’t always looking for new employees at the point when you receive an opportunity to change your job.

There are many advantages to using social media for your job search. One of the easiest ways to find out about new positions open in the company is to monitor their social media posts and subscribe to their newsletter, if they have one.

Sure, most companies update such information on their websites too, but you’ll probably notice it much quicker when they post about in on Facebook on Twitter.

  1. Learn about the company’s culture.

Sure, social media allows recruiters to find out more about you – but at the same time, they allow you to do the same thing – learn about the company you want to work for.

Of course, the best way to do so is not to look over their official pages on LinkedIn and Twitter quickly, but to monitor them for a while, paying attention to details of their corporate culture and work style.

Sometimes people are so focused on the job’s benefits that they forget that corporate culture matters a lot too. You can be a consummate professional and still find the company’s culture unsuitable, so it’s better to study this as early as possible.

Moreover, following a certain company on social media will allow you to learn more about their values and working style. Without a doubt, demonstrating such knowledge to the interviewer could benefit you a lot during your interview, even helping to land the job.

  1. Use LinkedIn to conduct job searches.

Technically, any social media can be used for job searches. LinkedIn, however, is specifically tailored to that task, allowing you to highlight your skills, get recommendations from your colleagues, and even look for a job secretly, without having to post your resume on job sites.

The only thing you need to know is how to fill in your profile properly, highlighting all your virtues and professional experience – and then you can start networking or looking for a job.

You could also consider upgrading to a Premium Career LinkedIn profile for a few months. According to LinkedIn, candidates with Premium Career get hired an average of 2X as fast. It also lets you move to the top of recruiters’ applicant lists and provides other benefits that can give you an edge in your job search.

As you can see, just like a resume writing service can help you create a stunning resume, there are many benefits of using social media for job search.

Social media can help you make your job search even more effective and land you your dream job more easily. So don’t miss out on the opportunity and give your social media profiles a makeover right now.

Author Bio:

Charles is a career mentor, motivational speaker & human resources consultant with over 10 years of experience in HR sector. Charles is a lead expert at Professional Resume Solutions. Apart from career mentoring, he loves photography and football. Find him on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook & Google+.

What Cosmetic Surgery Can Do For You (And What It Can’t)

It’s important for any individual considering cosmetic surgery to research what exactly cosmetic surgery can and can’t do for them.

Many television shows and advertisements set unrealistic expectations of the results for cosmetic surgery while downplaying the risks and recovery time involved with serious medical procedures. Cosmetic surgery is no immediate fix or easy route to an attractive body that you’re happy with.

Cosmetic surgery has to the potential to positively affect how individuals relate to the people and the world around them, but it’s a significant and largely permanent decision to make for your body.

In a time where many people want to fit into societies defined norms cosmetic surgery has become more popular, and people are disheartened by their efforts to attain the ideal look.

A large role for medical practitioners is setting expectations and defining what cosmetic surgery can do for them, and what it can’t.

What Cosmetic Surgery CAN DO

Direct benefits of cosmetic surgery such as improving appearance are just one of many benefits operations can provide; there are also indirect health benefits and emotional benefits for those whose physical features are tied up with their emotional happiness or wellbeing.

Cosmetic surgery is perfect for fine-tuning a flawed body part, and it has been discussed in Daniel Hamermesh’s book Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful that more attractive individuals enjoy more professional and personal opportunities.

Individuals who conduct the right research, contact a registered and experienced medical practitioner can achieve great results that can enhance their look without any issues. Even if aesthetic improvement is the driving force behind the decision to have cosmetic surgery, some may realise that there are many benefits beyond this fact.

There are often psychological or emotional reasons for cosmetic surgery beyond wishing to reduce the appearance of ageing or achieve their desired look, and so many of the benefits that come from surgery are psychological or emotional too.

Often the emotional benefits far outweigh the physical transformation itself as newfound confidence affects all aspects of their life giving them the drive and ability to fulfil their professional and personal aspirations.

Improvements to an individual’s actual and perceived appearance translate into increased self-confidence for most people, which means people see a reduction in social anxiety after their surgery and become more extroverted.

Individuals often say that ‘they feel better about themselves’, which is often the case when a physical manifestation of their insecurities is removed. The removal of unsightly birthmarks, a hooked nose or other negatively defining features that have existed since birth can give them a new lease on life.

Some plastic surgery procedures can improve your physical health as well as your looks. For example, rhinoplasty can also be done to correct breathing problems get the added benefit of not snoring as much or at all after recovery is complete.

A breast reduction may ease back pain and correct back problems due to having less strain on your shoulders and back from the weight of proportionate breasts.

Liposuction has an added benefit for people post-operation as the lost weight enables them to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels easier.

Patients joints may also benefit because they will not have as much pressure on them, easing joint pain and stiffness.

Many patients seeking to lose weight through surgical intervention find that it gives the inspiration and second chance that they needed to keep the weight down after their cosmetic surgery.

What Cosmetic Surgery CAN’T DO

It’s important for surgery candidates and medical practitioners to ensure that they’re undergoing a procedure for the right reasons.

Some people’s emotions have an enormous effect on how they think they look. Individuals who are depressed, extremely self-critical, or have a distorted view of their bodies may believe that changing their looks will solve all their problems.

Candidates who undergo cosmetic surgery to satisfy someone other than themselves whether it be a partner, family member or society perceived norms have proven to be unsatisfied. This also stands true for those with unrealistic expectations.

Almost all young adults and adults are self-conscious about their bodies, but cosmetic surgery is not the answer for a lot of people as they become more comfortable with their bodies as they either mature or change as they go through different stages in their life.

Body dysmorphic is a mental health disorder when someone is obsessed with a minor physical flaw and seeks cosmetic surgery to fix it. It accounts for up to 12% of individuals who get cosmetic surgery.

There are many aspects of our lives over which we have little control that people seek to influence through other means such as changing their bodies. Here is a short list of things that cosmetic surgery cannot do.

Cosmetic Surgery CAN’T 

  • Be a shortcut to a better sex life
  • Replace your face with a celebrity’s
  • Fix a relationship by pleasing a partner – Cosmetic surgery is about patients, not their partners
  • Change your appearance with zero risk – Every surgery comes with risk
  • Make you feel better after a loss or to get through a crisis – cosmetic surgery carries its own psychological challenges
  • Stop the ageing process
  • Replace exercise and a healthy lifestyle

An emotional time is the worst to undergo a cosmetic operation, and It’s not valuable to use surgical intervention to fix what can be corrected in a nonsurgical manner. Working out the emotional problem with the help of a trained therapist is better.

What Makes A Good Candidate For Cosmetic Surgery?

Your unique body characteristics should factor into your decision whether to have a cosmetic procedure.

The reasons behind an individual wanting to change their body surgically should be sound otherwise they will not reap the value of the final product as it will not meet their expectation or needs.

Candidates who are inappropriate for surgery include:

  • Candidates in crisis whose goals that cannot be achieved through an appearance change
  • Candidates with unrealistic expectations
  • Impossible-to-please candidates
  • Candidates who are obsessed with a very minor defect
  • Candidates with mental illness

Although some candidates have their mind set on certain procedures they may not fill out all the requirements and may benefit from a less drastic procedure to achieve the same result.

Some women benefit from eyebrow waxing as much as a brow lift to change the perceived expression of their face.

Recommendations

  • Consider and research the procedures available before a consultation
  • Seek advice from your GP ensure that you are a suitable candidate interpret any advertising claims.
  • Have a consultation with an appropriately registered cosmetic surgeon.
  • If you are considering a cosmetic procedure overseas, confirm that the doctor is properly registered in that country.
  • Ensure that you fully understand the expected outcome and potential complications
  • Establish the included/excluded costs of your procedure
  • Avoid being tempted by the offer of discounted prices
  • Take a week to a fortnight cooling-off period between the consultation and surgery

Author Bio:

Dr Robert Goldman, B.Sc (hons), MB.Ch.B, F.R.A.C.S., performs cosmetic breast surgery and abdominal surgery, those areas that are part of his specialty of general breast and abdominal surgery. He received advanced training in both General and Breast Surgery at Royal Perth Hospital WA, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fremantle Hospital WA and was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1997.

5 Steps To Help Someone With Depression

All of your relationships, from acquaintances to romances, from friendship to lovers require mutual respect, honesty, support, trust, fairness, good communication, and reciprocity.

However, once in a lifetime your friend might suddenly clam up on you though you text, chat and speak to each other every day, you might suspect that there is something on her mind. But when you call her again, your phone call is straightly switched to voicemail.

This might be because your friend is in depression and she doesn’t want to hang out with you. You definitely want to cheer her up so that you can hang out with her. If you’re wondering what steps you can take to light up her world, this article is for you.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It is a leading cause of disability.

Under stress from issues such as unemployment, the economy tanking and relationship issues, a growing number of people are facing stressors that intensify the likelihood of depression and other mental disorders.

The symptoms of depression include low mood, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep apnea, physical complaints, loss of interest in previous hobbies, loss of hope. Here are 5 steps that will show you how to help a loved one experiencing depression.

  1. Encourage Them To Seek Help

The first and foremost thing when you find out that your friend is depressed is to encourage her to seek help. It might be from her mom, dad, relatives, doctor or a professional mental health consultant.

Once she is depressed, she might feel like there is no hope for anything and she has very little energy to get help.

  • Be honest and help your friend admit that she is depressed.
  • Offer to take her to a practitioner or a mental health professional.
  • Let her be aware of the seriousness of depression as a treatable ailment.

If she has already been treated but there is no improvement, ask her to see her doctor as soon as possible to evaluate the situation and change her medication.

  1. Be There For Them

It seems obvious that since your friend is depressed, you should be there for her. But how do you do this when she doesn’t initiate conversations or refuses to respond to phone calls or text messages?

Those who suffer from depression usually lack initiative, and they might end up isolating themselves and ruminating over their issues.

Offer to take her for a walk in a beautiful place, such as a park, or to a funny movie so that she can start to feel better.

  1. Listen Patiently

Try to listen rather than offer advice, and be as patient as you can rather than pushy.

Initially, your friend might not listen to you and not take your opinion into consideration, or she might think she is able to conquer her issues by herself.

Try not to dismiss her hopelessness. Instead, you can explain to her that these feelings are temporary and can be treated.

  1. Provide Support

A friend in need is a friend indeed. You can support your friend with some concrete tasks that she doesn’t seem to complete by herself.

Helping with her daily tasks might strengthen your friendship and help mitigate her problems.

You could bring her favorite food or play her favorite games with her or simply offer to help her with housework such as laundry or cooking.

  1. Be Prepared For The Worst

If your friend mentions self-harm, death or even worse, suicide, you should directly ask her whether she feels suicidal.

Whether she does or not, remind her about how important she is and how much people care about her, and that she requires immediate professional help.

Never let the burden of having an anxious and depressed friend be only yours. Ensure that you inform somebody else (her parent or her partner or her doctor) about the problems that you are facing.

Depression is a mental disorder that anyone can face these days regardless of age, gender, and income level. However the risk for women, previously married, unemployed, or those who are unable to work seems to be higher.

There are limits to what a friend can do and how involved one can be. Nonetheless, supporting a friend with serious depression all the way to a cure can mean the difference between life and death.

How Female Job Seekers Are Unintentionally Self-Sabotaging Their Job Hunt

Discussing differences in job choice, performance, and income between the sexes is like crossing a minefield. This article is not intended to be the last word on these issues, nor is it a primer on the topic.

Rather, we’ll try to pinpoint a few potential choices some female job seekers might be making. Choices, conscious or unconscious, that can become obstacles on the road to landing a new job.

There are no quick and easy fixes for issues this complex. However, there are some moves you can make — starting with writing a solid resume and optimizing how you send your application through to figuring out what to do and say in a job interview.

So, here are three major mistakes with tips on how you can avoid them.

1. Giving up too soon

Last year, interviewing.io ran an interesting experiment. They created a voice modulator and made some men sound like women and some women sound like men. Then, they used it during trial interviews.

According to interviewing.io’s own data, women do worse in technical interviews than men. The hypothesis of the experiment was that this gap in interview performance stems from a pro-male bias. Thus, removing gender-relevant information and tweaking people’s voices should result in no difference in performance.

The surprising and troubling finding was that women did worse in interviews nonetheless.

However, additional analyses revealed that the performance gap could be explained by different dropout rates among women and men.

As it turned out, women were seven times more likely to leave interviewing than men.

Apparently, women didn’t stick around long enough to hit a home run, as they were more likely to quit using the website (i.e., doing interviews) after an interview went bad.

It seems that women get discouraged from continuing with the process once they’ve faced rejection.

Sure, this study was done with a specific sample of people, in a field dominated by men. But, if there is any industry dependent on easily tested skills, it’s computer science.

What’s more, these findings converge with numerous studies done on stereotypes, attrition, confidence, and self-image.

How to cope: According to statistics from the field of HR and recruitment rejection is an inherent part of any job hunt. Most job seekers, no matter their gender, will get rejected on most occasions.

Large companies can receive up to 250 resumes in response to a job ad. The number of applicants who get invited to job interviews is a single digit number.

Tip: Brace yourself, you will be turned down most of the time — it’s an inherent part of the job hunt. Move on to the next offer and continue sending out resumes.

Pro tip: Sometimes you might not get any feedback or reply from the recruiter. Don’t assume it’s because you were rejected. Most recruiters actually expect to get thank-you notes, so it’s your chance to seize initiative and reach out to them.

This could be a great opportunity to remind them you’ve got what it takes. Just make sure you read up on these tips on how to follow up with recruiters.

2. Underrating your ability

Women’s status in the workplace is complicated. What’s more, there’s a body of research in the social sciences suggesting a confidence gap.

And a confidence gap isn’t constructive when you’re competing for a job. What’s more, it’s not just about past achievement. It’s also about how you write it up on your resume.

A candidate who’s followed best practice in resume writing and perfected their job interview pitch comes across as above average. Even if this is not the case performance-wise.

You need to keep up with what the competition is doing. Those who haven’t followed job market trends stand out — for all the wrong reasons.

No one likes a liar and recruiters are not gullible people. We’re not encouraging you to pack your resume full of power buzzwords and corporatese braggadocio.

However, being overcautious about your skills is never a good idea. No one likes a braggart, but no one pays attention to church mice either.

Tip: Focusing solely on your image is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, pushing more swagger into your resume makes sense. On the other hand, there is some data suggesting that women are penalized for being too direct or “unfeminine.”

The solution: the middle path. Stick to facts about your career and attributes — share your skills, experience, and success on your resume by being specific and providing examples.

3. Underappreciating your market value

According to hired.com’s report on women, work, and the state of wage inequality, women tend to ask for lower salaries than men.

Yes, some employers undervalue female candidates and might offer them lower salaries. Fixing the wage gap requires more serious measures and is beyond the means of a single individual.

However, as an individual applicant, you don’t want to self-sabotage the salary negotiations.

Tip: Before walking into an interview (or perhaps even before applying), thoroughly research the industry to figure out the running rates for the position in question. That way you’ll know what people are paid, and you will feel more confident when telling the recruiter how much you want to earn.

Note: Be careful though. There is another lesson to be learned here. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that when it comes to millennials the wage gap is shrinking, and perhaps even reversing.

While surprising, it makes sense when you consider the following fact — female students have been outperforming males at every stage of their educations, including university. And education is a pretty good predictor of professional success and earnings.

Hired.com’s own research also suggests that women with less than five years of experience in tech were asking for, and getting, better salaries than their male peers.

Now, it might be the case that senior female job candidates have seen lower salaries early on in their careers, compounding over time. Millennials, on the other hand, might be pushing for parity or they don’t differ in their expectations.

Since the research comes from the tech industry, another explanation could be that companies are trying to diversify their workplace, putting female developers in high demand. That would allow junior female candidates to take on attractive, well-compensated positions.

Pro tip: No matter what the case may be, it’s best to investigate salaries in your field rather than upping your salary expectations by a few percentage points by default. That way, you won’t overshoot (which can sabotage an otherwise successful recruitment process), and you won’t depreciate your market value at the same time.

Some extra fixes

Here’s a quick recap. On average, female job seekers:

  • Might be somewhat more likely to be discouraged by negative outcomes.
  • Are either less confident or less likely to overrate their competencies and qualifications.
  • Find it more difficult to ask for appropriate compensation.

Getting your resume just right for each potential employer is the first and most important step of any job hunt.

Let’s see what we can do about the above-mentioned challenges to leverage your resume to your advantage.

Tip: One thing female job hunters might want to do is to focus on skills.

There are several great guides on how to find skills in job ads, how to put them on your resume, and how to find out what skills are valued across the board.

These may not be game-changers, but will help you avoid some pitfalls:

  • You’ll provide specific, verifiable facts.
  • You won’t have to rely on impressions but will shift the focus to what is.
  • You won’t question yourself and you’ll avoid underestimating your talent.

First off, you need to tailor your resume to the recruiter’s needs. To do this, you’ll need to carefully read the job ad, mark any skill keywords or phrases implying traits.

Once you’ve got a list of requirements, see how you compare. If you can tick all of them off, you’re a perfect match.

If you lack some or are uncertain about whether you live up to the employer’s expectations, don’t get discouraged. If it’s a skill or trait that isn’t crucial for excelling at the job, you might still want to apply.

Since women tend to take up offers only when they are confident about their chances, you might want to loosen up your approach a bit. This is controversial advice — or at least advice not all recruiters would be happy about.

Pay attention to the skills section on your resume.

Be specific about what you can do. If you know how to make pivot tables, run and write macros, and visualize data in Excel, write that. Don’t assume that merely listing “Excel” among your skills is enough for the recruiter to assume you know your way around this piece of software.

The bottom line

Mentioning you’re good at something may prove challenging at first. Bookmark this article. Re-read our tips when you’re in doubt. Follow the links, they’ll explain in detail what you need to know.

The take-home message for you is: Yes, you will get rejected. Pretty much all of us will. Yes, you can show off your skills in a reasonable manner without coming across as boastful. And yes, you can ask for appropriate compensation.

5 Strategies To Become A Successful Female Leader

Since the beginning of mankind, the difference between the two sexes has always been highlighted in different manners. If in the past women were extremely disadvantaged compared men, the present time shows us how the inequality between sexes does no longer exist. At least…not in the way it was before.

International woman’s day (8th March) is a great celebration that aims to deliver one important message: women need to be praised and treated the same as men. Moreover, it signifies the continuous need of rebalancing the conditions and rights that women have over the professional and business environment.

During the last several years, women have started to gain much more respect in the business marketplace. There are plenty of women that have made it big into the entrepreneurial world, many women that lead hundreds of men, and many women that are much better and much more skilled than the majority of men.

Now…when we talk about success and leadership, we can never assess these concepts by appealing to the sexes. These are two complex things that require skills and knowledge more than anything else. Of course, women might encounter different and more delicate challenges on their road towards success.

During today’s post, we’re going to take a look at what exactly makes a successful female leader. If you’re a woman looking for some insights that ought to give you inspiration and motivation, you’ve found the right resource.

Let’s get straight to the point.

1. Figure Out What Success Means to You

Man or woman, the path towards success starts with awareness. You need to become aware of what success means to you. Every person has different standards and expectations. For some, success means fortune, power, and legacy.

For others, success means being able to live a decent professional life that comes with the benefits of having more free time to spend with their loved ones.

What YOU need to figure out is your definition of success. No one will be able to help you except yourself. This is a process of self-awareness and is very much linked to your emotional intelligence aptitudes.

Once you become aware of what makes you itch, you’ll have much more control over your life, you’ll be able to feel inspired and motivated, and you’ll never feel lost. That is of course because you’ve already chosen your path and built your roadmap.

2. Be Extremely Confident in Your Mindset and Skills

We all develop our mindsets throughout our lives. Your mindset is basically the mechanism that makes you see the world the way you do right now. Every person has a different mindset and different values.

Great leaders are always confident that their mindset will lead them on the right path. That confidence makes them great persons to be around and to learn from. Moreover, if you’ve already taken the time and you’ve hustled to build your skills, you need to be very proud of yourself – but not in an exaggerated way.

A woman that shows this type of confidence will always make more impact in the workplace. Be aware of the fact that being in a leadership position also makes you a model for the people that are under you.

3. Pay Attention to Your Performance

A good leader is always paying attention to what’s working and what’s not. This doesn’t refer only to the professional environment, but also to the personal performance metrics.

Rachel Sklar is the founder of The Li.st and Change the Ratio, two successful businesses that many men would dream to have. When asked about what makes a great leader, she gave a very good insight:

“I would say that leadership is something that is learned. It can be learned and should be learned. Leadership is something you’re always honing and learning and reflecting to see ways you could have been better at it. Anyone who thinks they’re a natural leader is probably horrible to work with.”

If leadership is learning, then it automatically means that it’ll lead to a lot of failures. Many things will go wrong, and many decisions might not be the most appropriate. If you learn how to assess your performance, you’ll be able to slowly create a better overall performance for yourself and your team.

4. Cultivate Relationships, Always

Get out there and start building connections! One of the biggest traits that most successful people have is that they’re very resourceful. That resourcefulness comes from the relationship that they have built throughout time. Every person has a hidden talent that maybe one day will be very useful to your condition and needs.

Don’t think just about you though, as you need to deliver value to the other peer too. A constructive relationship is based on trust and help. You get the chance to help others become the best version of themselves by giving powerful advice and maybe even some of your resources.

If you don’t really enjoy doing this, then maybe leadership isn’t for you. The simple fact that you’re willing to sacrifice more and give more to others shows a strong indicator that you might just have what it takes. The only thing that’s left until you become a successful leader and not just a leader: lots of work, many fails, patience, and persistence.

5. Listen, Listen, Listen

Emily Shane, founder of SuperiorPapers has a very strong advice for all the women that are struggling to be successful at work:

“Being a woman and a leader of a group of men all in the same time is always difficult. In order to make it easier, I always sit back and listen. I carefully listen what everyone has to say. I listen to their problems, I listen to their joys, and I listen to everything they want me to listen. In the end, I come up with calculated responses based on what I’ve actually listened.”

As a matter of fact, she is extremely right about everything she said! You’d be surprised how hard listening actually is when you do it right. Most people aren’t really listening. They either judge internally, either develop self-talks, or they simply ignore the speaker because they’re too focused on their own issues.

Leadership never works this way. If you’re not able to listen to your colleagues and subalterns, your efficiency will never shine. A great communication between the employee and the higher rank is always necessary in order to ensure a productive environment and effective results for your company.

Takeaways

Success is not about results. It’s all about the journey. Becoming the best version of yourself will allow you to overstep your most daunting limitations and create a better future for yourself. You’ll be able to seize great opportunities, and eventually, enjoy a lifestyle that’s full of fulfillment.

Once you are able to show lots of aptitudes and skills, the fact that you’re a woman will only make you shine more. Yes, women that are great leaders are always better viewed than men that do the same thing. So never discourage yourself, and always do your best to do more and better!

Author Bio:

Joan Selby is a former ESL teacher and a content marketer at BestEssays. She also runs her own blog about social media and writing tips. Joan is a Creative Writing graduate and fancy shoelover. A writer by day and reader by night, giving creative touch to everything. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook

Wedding Planning Tips To Make Your Special Day Go Smoothly

A wedding is the most significant day in the life of many people. There is nothing to compare and replace it with. This special day leaves pleasant memories and serves as an important step in the history of a young family.

Of course, for invited guests, the wedding is also a fun event, but for a couple, this is the most exciting day in their life. In order to make everything in this day go off without a hitch, as you dreamed and planned, you need to start preparing for the wedding in advance.

The ideal option is to start your preparation about six months before the expected celebration date.

Think about a Wedding Location

Selecting a place for a wedding celebration is an important and responsible step because of the comfort of your guests as well as the cost of decorating directly depend on the place you choose.

When it comes to the wedding, in most cases, the imagination draws the restaurant hall because it is considered the most common venue for a wedding. But do not be trapped in stereotypes since there are much more great places for your celebration.

Alternatively, on that special day of your life, you can travel to any country and have a celebration there. For example, you can order a service of a wedding planner in Chennai and organize a traditional Indian wedding.

In fact, every wedding is a great event, and the place where it is held has a lot to with it. In order to get a fancy place for your wedding party, you need to keep in mind two things beforehand: the approximate number of guests and the budget for the whole celebration.

Make sure to rent something beforehand. Start thinking about it six or even nine months before the wedding. Otherwise, you may be unpleasantly surprised with no vacancy on that day.

You should visit the place to see if it fits you in terms of space, interior, and location. Do not trust only recommendations and overviews; it is better to see everything with your eyes and feel the atmosphere of the space.

As an alternative option, you can hire a wedding planner that will take responsibility of choosing the right wedding location, decorating the space, and planning the menu strictly according to your gastronomic preferences.

With the right wedding agency, there will be no need for you to think about the entertaining program for your guests and small stylistic details of the wedding ceremony – everything will be thought out to the last detail by real wedding pros.

Making up Your Outfit

The choice of a wedding dress is a responsible mission. Even if there is an image of an ideal wedding dress in your head, try to choose several variants of different silhouettes and select the one you feel comfortable in.

Many people think that with the current assortment and a large number of wedding salons, there will be no difficulties with a wedding gown. Indeed, the choice of dresses is huge, but due to such an endless assortment, it is even more difficult to take up the option.

Therefore, a help of experienced wedding stylists can be a heaven-sent opportunity, which you should consider. It is also necessary to think about proper jewelry and makeup and choose a makeup artist beforehand to fully think through your wedding image and look like a real princess on that special day in your life.

Serving Refreshments

Food plays an important role in every wedding, so your menu and serving time are worth considering. The festive table depends on your own tastes, trends of culinary fashion, the number of guests, and your budget. So before you go to a restaurant or cafe, take a pen and notebook, and note down your “business plan.”

When deciding on a wedding menu, you should think about your guests, apart from taking into account your gastronomic preferences only. Make everything according to their tastes as well. If there are children among the guests, it is worthwhile to discuss a separate menu for them.

However, do not try to please the tastes of each guest, instead, choose classic dishes – this is the most optimal option.

It is also necessary to consider that a traditional feast starts with snacks and ends with a wedding cake; all the dishes are to be served in three or four stages, without allowing the food to become worn or cool.

Furthermore, we strongly recommend you to look at the season of your wedding and try to follow it. In case you face difficulties with deciding on the wedding menu, there is a banquet manager in many restaurants; he knows the menu well and will be able to advise you and explain different nuances.

However, it is best to try all the dishes before signing the contract with the restaurant. It is worth doing so that you and your guests on the wedding day are satisfied with the menu and thereby secure yourself from unpleasant surprises.

Choosing Professionals for Your Wedding Day

After having made a list of guests, figuring out the budget, choosing the restaurant, you can think about other things.

At this point, the most important thing is to find good wedding professionals: a photographer and a ceremony master. Remember that good professionals are booked in advance; therefore, it is highly recommended to choose your wedding “experts” beforehand.

It is extremely important to have real professionals in your team since with these people you will spend most of the wedding day; they will have a direct impact on your mood and emotions of your guests. Therefore, you should be comfortable and nice with everyone in you “wedding team.”

The memory after the wedding is emotions, which are set primarily by people and not by the color of the wedding dress. Atmosphere and joy are created by people!

A beautiful finale of the wedding evening will be a transition for the newlyweds to a new stage of their life. Be creative, and this bright, beautiful moment will be remembered to you as an amazing start to a happy family life.

Many-Many Things

A wedding is a Meccano consisting of a large number of details, and each must take its place and be considered, whether it is guest list preparing, the invitation-sending plan, wedding hall decorating, deciding on a banquet menu, training for a wedding dance, hiring a team of wedding helpers, and many more.

The first thing that we highly recommend to start your wedding preparation with is to make your personal wedding plan, which will include all the elements and steps with the appropriate notes on the status and your comments.

With such a detailed agenda, you will not have a chance to miss any detail of your wedding ceremony. Of course, hiring a wedding planner will be a good option, but you can always make your special event memorable and bright without any help. Good luck!

Recipe Time: Gluten-Free Nutella Cookies

Making Nutella Cookies is super simple and this recipe is open to all types of additions and modifications. These are very basic Nutella Cookies with only 4 basic ingredients and took only 20 minutes to make and finish!

I thought of this recipe while I was on my way to the office and saw Nutella while buying my groceries on BigBasket.

I immediately ordered Nutella and other ingredients (because my kitchen is always empty – reason being I am always hungry and eat everything available when hunger strikes). The next day I was in my kitchen, early in the morning making these cookies.

All you need is a new jar of Nutella that you can buy or order online or borrow or steal!

Prep: 5 min

Cook: 10 min

Total: 15 min

Ingredients:

  • Half cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 200 grams Nutella
  • Chocolate chips (Optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Combine flour, egg, baking powder and Nutella in a bowl. Add Chocolate chips in the mixture.

3. Stir with a spatula making sure mixture is properly combined together.

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and start making small balls of the mixture.

5. Keep the cookie balls 3 inches apart.

6. Keep the baking tray in a pre-heated oven and bake it for 10-12 minutes.

7. Let the cookies cool completely (or you keep it warm), and serve!

Note:

1. While forming round balls of the mixture, make sure the mixture is soft, you can add or reduce the amount of Nutella.

2. Since this is a gluten free recipe I am using Almond flour, but you can replace it by all-purpose flour or wheat flour as well. I haven’t tried it with wheat flour though but don’t find any reason why it shouldn’t work.

3. You can also try and mix different types of flour if you are not willing to make it gluten free.

I made these cookies using almond flour but you can try all-purpose flour (maida) also. For making eggless cookies you can use Greek yogurt instead of eggs, rest remains same.

This recipe is very simple and basic hence open for all types of alterations. I ordered all the ingredients using Bigbasket coupons from Couponwaale to save my time and money.

Ingredients like almond flour and Greek yogurt are easily available online. To make it healthier, you can try adding multigrain atta or oats, but remember the proportion of other ingredients will change based on the alterations.

Note: Store these cookies in an airtight container (I did not do that because I finished both the batches I made. Yes, I ate them all).

I used these cookies to make Ice cream sandwiches as well by placing ice-cream in between two cookies, which was a big hit at my birthday party.

I hope you all will like it and find it easy. Share your experiments with me!

How To Choose Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Brands In India

In today’s world, consumerism has got the better of our senses, and in our effort to have almost anything that we can lay our eyes on, we often overlook the fact that someone else is a paying a hefty price for our desires.

The world of animal testing is one such arena. Our choice of cosmetics plays an important role in whether an animal will be harmed or spared.

The Myths Of Animal Testing

Animal experimentation, animal research, and in vivo testing or rather in lay man’s terms ‘animal testing’, means experimenting on non-human animals.

Most animal testing happens for research purposes. It is often done to assess the effectiveness of consumer products such as medicines, cosmetics, food additives and industrial chemicals like household cleaners and pesticides.

Based on the results of these tests, companies are able to tell if their inventions are safe for human consumption and the environment.

Animal testing undeniably and undoubtedly implies torture, suffering, and eventually death for humanity’s well being. However, there are alternatives to animal testing nowadays, such as this human liver on a chip.

Watch this video in which The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik (who is also a real-life neuroscientist!), debunks animal testing myths to help advocate for the millions of animals used in laboratories worldwide!

 

Are You Supporting Cruel Cosmetics?

The procedures used for animal testing can never be mild enough. Each and every one causes physical suffering, emotional and mental trauma to the animal involved.

The mere act of trapping the animal is itself pure torture. Most are very young and are barely done nursing.

They are brutally kidnapped from their mothers, natural habitats and brought to environments that are totally alien. What business do primates from the Amazon have in New York?

Today, there is no dearth of farms that specially breeds animals for laboratory experimentation.  Some common examples are rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters.

You also have more common domestic animals like cats, dogs and pigs being used. Their ears are notched and tails are clipped for identification.

Animals are animals and often traumatised in new spaces. To reduce unwanted behaviour they are deprived of food, drugged and sedated or exposed to short and long periods of physical restraint.

When it comes to testing the potency of drugs, the animals must first be exposed to a deadly virus or infected with an illness so that appropriate tests can be carried out. In other words, healthy animals are forcibly exposed to biological and chemical hazards.

There is a deliberate infliction of injuries which range from broken bones, to first and second degree burns and even superficial and deep wounds. Unwanted surgeries are performed as well. Organs are removed and foreign objects are inserted. Their bodies are mutated for scientific studies.

Often studies are conducted on pain management. That means the infliction of pain on the innocent animal in various degrees. There is no mercy on the amount and duration of infliction.

It can range from electric shock to near-drowning experiences.  Based on their reaction to the various degrees, studies are done on both the physiology and treatment.

There is no guarantee of the animal making it out alive. In fact, death is bliss, because to live maimed and unwanted or to be re-used in subsequent experiments is to literally be the living dead.

The road that leads to this particular ‘bliss’ is often the worst.  Most times they are killed with asphyxiation.  Small animals have their necks broken or they are beheaded.

How To Choose Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way, says PETA’s famous slogan.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  Be a conscious of what you are consuming.  Read the labels on the goods that you intend to buy.  Make sure they reach the consumer, cruelty free.

It is one thing to be in the dark about animal testing. You are not anymore. It is only natural that you take an active stance and that too if not in a big way then in small day to day choices.

Going vegan is the best way forward but none of us can be a 100 % vegan.  It is not possible in this day and age but you can try your very best.

In India, here are some of the cosmetic brands that officially test on animals. There are countless others but very few come out in the open about the activities conducted behind closed doors.

A List Of Cruel Cosmetic Brands:

  • Avon
  • Estée Lauder
  • L’Oréal
  • Biotherm
  • Mary Kay
  • Ralph Lauren Fragrances
  • Garnier
  • Lancôme
  • Maybelline
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Gucci Fragrances
  • Gillette Co
  • Escada Fragrances
  • Lacoste Fragrances
  • Joy
  • Halo
  • Clairol
  • Herbal Essences
  • HUGO BOSS
  • H2O Plus 
  • Olay
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Old Spice
  • Pantene
  • Braun
  • Shiseido Cosmetics
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Shower to Shower
  • Neutrogena
  • Listerine
  • Clean & Clear
  • Sunsilk
  • Ponds
  • Lux
  • Axe
  • Dove
  • Vaseline
  • Clearasil
  • Veet
  • Victoria’s Secret (Limited Brands)

A List Of Cruelty-Free Cosmetics:

Here is a list of cosmetic brands in India that do not test on animals.

  • Ahé Naturals
  • Amoha Apcos Naturals – Just Herbs
  • Astonish Cleaners
  • Bath & Body Works (Limited Brands)
  • Biotop Professionals Products
  • Body Essence
  • Body Shine Organics Pvt Ltd (V)
  • Brillare Science Private Limited (V)
  • Cholayil Pvt Ltd
  • Dermalogica India
  • DoublEtcH India Pvt Ltd
  • Aromagic
  • Earthy Organic Soaps Pvt Ltd
  • Future Skin
  • Greenazo Gulnar Handmade Soaps
  • Herbal Strategi
  • Inglot Cosmetics
  • Kenisha Handcrafted Natural Products
  • Kimirica Luxuries Pvt Ltd
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  • Kryolan Professional Make-Up
  • La Flora Organics
  • La Senza
  • Lotus Body Botanicals
  • LUSH Cosmetics
  • Nature’s Emporium
  • Nature’s Way Ayurvedic
  • Omved
  • Prakriti Herbals
  • RDM Care
  • Richfeel
  • Rustic Art
  • Shahnaz Husain
  • Soap Square
  • Splurge Cosmetics
  • Soulflower
  • Surya Brasil
  • The Body Shop
  • The Essential Oil Company
  • Trumount Cosmoceuticals
  • Unived Health Care Products
  • LuxaDerme
  • Vicco Laboratories
  • Banjara’s

But since it’s impossible to actually remember these lists, many cosmetics companies use labels to identify products that are not tested on animals.

Some of these are official labels vetted by a third-party and others are not. The image of official and unofficial logos below will help you tell the difference.

Image source: www.choice.com.au

When we know better, we do better. Now that you know which brands conduct animal testing, you can avoid them. To follow a more compassionate lifestyle, choose the brands that do not test on animals.

Good luck with your beauty regimen.

How To Avoid Marrying An Abuser

While I feel very deeply for anyone, man or woman, who suffers abuse at the hands of their spouse, I have to ask – what is it that makes us feel we have no other option but to suffer in silence, often for years at a time?

Why is even the sight of one’s own child being sexually abused by the in-laws, not enough to make someone pick up and leave the house, for their child’s sake?

I mean, how bad does it have to get before we realise that this person and their family are users and abusers and do not care for you and your kids? Why does it take so long for us to walk out of an abusive marriage?

If you think that being “soft and submissive” (and this applies to both, men and women) will save you from abuse, think again. The more you tolerate, the more the abuser knows they have you in their trap.

Abusers are basically bullies. An abuser is not capable of respect or love. They don’t care for you – they only care about establishing their power over you, manipulating you and subjugating you to their will. The more you tolerate, the less they will respect you, and the worse the abuse will get.

And women can be just as abusive as men. In fact, mother-in-laws are some of the most abusive people there are, just because they feel entitled to behave that way, and Indian society condones it.

People live for years with their abusers, sleep in their bed, give them children, and only when they’ve taken every shred of their dignity, do they fight back. Enough is enough!

I believe in that old saying – “There are no victims, only volunteers.” If you want to stop an abuser, you need to realize the ways in which you’re contributing to the situation – namely by tolerating it.

So when does abuse start? Even before we tie the knot.

Whether you’re marrying for love or going in for an arranged marriage, there are a number of red flags to look for, in your partner and their family, before you decide to take the plunge and ruin the rest of your life.

Here are some of the early red flags of an abuser to watch out for if you’re marrying into an Indian family (and even outside it).

How do your partner’s parents treat each other?

Our parents are our primary role models and we grow up observing how they treat each other. Unless we makes a conscious effort not to be like our parents, a  man will usually end up behaving like his father and a woman like her mother.

Most of us do this without even realizing it, because it happens at a subconscious level. Watch closely and observe how your partner’s parents treat each other. Do they talk to each other with respect and treat each other with affection?

If not, if you notice disrespectful or abusive talk, there’s something rotten there, and you need to get away from them as soon as possible. Or you’ll end up recreating the same dynamic in your own relationship.

Do they respect women?

Some Indian families will put up a pretense of respecting women and pay lip service to supporting them in their career, but once you’ve crossed their threshold, you’ll be relegated to the job of “maid and baby factory”.

Listen to the members of your partner’s family carefully before you say yes to marriage. If you look closely enough, you’ll see shades of disrespect in their attitude towards women.

Ignore this at your peril. If you notice any disrespectful talk about how “independent” women or feminists are ruining families, run for the hills.

How do they treat children?

Do they show a marked preference for the boy child, complimenting his “smartness” while throwing in a mention about how the girl “looks cute.” You can be sure you’ll face the dreaded pressure to produce a male heir as soon as the glow of the honeymoon wears off.

Watch closely to see how they treat kids of each gender, and if you notice anything disturbing, say NO, dear girl. You have the right to refuse to marry into a family that you know will make you (and your children) miserable.

Do they treat “dark” people badly?

Indians are so racist, it’s not funny how many families are concerned that their child or grandchild should be “fair”, even if they themselves are not.

Is your partner and their family colour conscious? Do they keep mentioning how “fair and beautiful” someone is? Do they treat people with a darker complexion than theirs with disgust and loathing?

Heaven help you if you produce a child that is anything but fair, in their eyes. You’ll be treated to insults, blame and worse.

Do they drink alcohol, use drugs, or worse?

Does your partner need to consume that quarter every day in order to function? Does s/he show a tendency to do drugs, watch disturbing porn, have sexual fetishes that make you uncomfortable?

Leave them at the altar and run as fast as your legs can carry you, before the fallout of their depravities damages your self-esteem (and the lives of any kids you might have had together).

Are there subtle demands for “gifts”?

Because asking for dowry outright is against the law in India, the boy’s family will often make subtle demands for “gifts”, and these demands will get louder, more strident and abusive as the marriage approaches.

The first time you hear a request for a car or household appliance, either report the groom’s family to the police or drop them like a hot potato. If not, you just might end up as another dowry death statistic.

Are they insecure and controlling?

People who are insecure are more likely to try to control you and your actions in an attempt to make themselves feel more comfortable.

Does your partner forbid you from talking to members of the opposite sex? Do they prevent you from being on social media? Do they try to hack your emails or keep tabs on your phone calls?

These are classic signs of controlling behavior. If you give in to their control, writing it off as a sign of how much they want and need you, it will only get worse, until one day you find you have no freedom left.

If you find your partner exhibiting such behavior, either set clear boundaries early on and make it clear that you will not be controlled, or leave before it gets worse.

Do they put you down and make you feel bad?

This is another attempt to try to control someone and is the definition of psychological, emotional or mental abuse. By destroying your self-confidence and self-esteem, your partner is trying to ensure that you will lack the confidence to leave them.

A lot of people remain in emotionally abusive relationships for this very reason – because their abusive partners have convinced them that they are unworthy of love and respect.

If you notice subtle put downs and negative comments on your looks, abilities and achievements, leave right away. With insecure people, it never gets better.

Are they attempting to isolate you from others?

This is classic abuser behavior. Abusers want to ensure that, when they do get abusive, you have no one else to turn to for help.

So they’ll slowly but surely start isolating you from your friends and family. They’ll get enraged if you reach out to anyone else to talk about your problems.

Indian families condone and enable such behavior by calling their daughters “paraya dhan” (someone else’s wealth). Once a girl is married, they literally wash their hands off her and her problems.

Priyanka Kapoor Chawla, who hanged herself as a result of abuse by her husband and in-laws, stated that her abusive husband would “place a lot of restrictions on her. She was not allowed to meet family and friends.”

She was also told that “such things happen in a family and there’s no need to make an issue of it.”

This is not true. You DO need to make an issue of it! Go to the cops. Lodge a complaint against your husband and in-laws.

Create a stink as big as you can, so that you do not end up like the hundreds of thousands of women in India who face violence from their abusive husbands or in-laws.

Are they a mama’s boy/ daddy’s girl?

If so, you’ll never match up to the standards of their flawless parent. Refuse to compete. Let them stay “married” to the mom or dad they can’t seem to individuate from. Make like a tree and leave.

Although there are many more traits and behaviours that can help you assess your potential partner’s character, these are some of the most important red flags to look out for when assessing a life-partner, because they will impact you the most, and can lead to a lifetime of physical or emotional abuse.

The most important thing to keep in mind when sizing up a potential partner is to trust your instincts (unless you’ve been abused in your childhood and you find yourself attracted to abusers, in which case you’ll benefit from therapy).

If your intuition tells you that something is off, trust it. As Maya Angelou so wisely said, “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

Don’t second-guess yourself, or even give people second chances. It could cost you your sanity, or even your life.

However, the best way to avoid getting into an abusive marriage is to become a whole and complete person in your own right.

Learn to love yourself, cherish yourself, get a career and a life.

And if you find yourself getting into abusive relationships, opt for therapy or alternative methods to heal the wounds that are causing you to self-sabotage.

When you know that you deserve love and respect, you’ll never settle for less.

Need help to get out of an abusive situation? Call these domestic violence helplines.

More reading:

How to Spot an Abuser on Your First Date

Domestic Violence (Physical and Emotional Abuse): Questions to Ask

The Cycle of Domestic Violence

 

The 10 Most Powerful Women In The World

What does it mean to be powerful? What does it feel like to have a massive influence on the world?

These women can not only answer these questions, but also provide a good example of what global leaders should be like — and what women from all countries in the globe can accomplish.

Here are the 10 most powerful women in the world.

  1. Angela Merkel

Each year, Angela Merkel tops the list of most powerful women. And not many could compete with the 60-year old German leader when it comes to political experience.

Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

A former research scientist with a doctorate in physical chemistry, Merkel has clinched her third four-year term as German Chancellor thanks to her proactive role in governing her country. This makes her the longest serving elected EU head of state.

She has a fierce stance against Russia on Ukraine, this being only one of the demonstrations of her political will. She also provided military assistance to Kurds in order to counter ISIS.

Merkel is not just influential; she is one of the people who shape the world’s political landscape.

  1. Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is the wife of Bill Gates. But beyond that, she is an American philanthropist, a former Microsoft project manager, and is now the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Image: Aceshowbiz.com

Gates uses her influence in order to directly aid people she thinks can really make a difference in the world. By giving grants and other forms of support, Melinda Gates helps develop the future of technology, and international development.

In fact, her philanthropic activities have cost her approximately $3.4 billion, $26 million of which is for providing the aforementioned grants.

For her services, Gates was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, back in 2013. She was also honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former US President Barack Obama in 2016.

Gates provides an example of how influential people can use their power to affect and change the lives of others for the better.

  1. Sheryl Sandberg

These days, who still doesn’t have Facebook? This globally-used social networking site is currently under the direction of COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Image: By World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland via Wikimedia Commons

Sandberg was a former Google executive, who was brought on board by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, back in 2007.

Now she oversees marketing, business development, sales, human resources, and communications. She also happens to be a significant shareholder.

Beyond the website, Sandberg has displayed commitment to serving others. With The Giving Pledge, she promised to give away half of her net worth to charity.

  1. Hillary Clinton

Hilary Clinton is among the most powerful politicians in the United States, and has consistently landed spots on similar lists year after year.

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Even with her recent loss during the 2016 presidential elections, she remains a remarkable presence, particularly for the Democratic Party.

Clinton has been through everything: she has served as the First Lady of the United States, as a US Senator, and as US Secretary of State. Throughout her political career she has fought for gender equality and health care reform.

She came close to becoming the president after winning a plurality of the national popular vote. However, she lost the Electoral College to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

With all her political experience, it’s no surprise that Clinton is among the most powerful women.

Having held on to so many different political positions, Clinton has become an inspiration for girls all over the world who aspire to become leaders.

  1. Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has been the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011.

Image: cfo.cio.bg

Before this, she served as the Finance Minister of France. This is a post that she held onto for an entire six-year term.

The 59-year old French lawyer and politician was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy. In fact, she is the first woman to head the IMF.

  1. Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician who served as the 36th President of her country from 2011 to 2016.

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Her presidency is historic in that she was the first woman to hold the Brazilian presidency. She also previously served as the Chief of Staff to president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, from 2005 to 2010.

Holding the highest position in the world’s seventh largest economy is no easy task. But Rousseff proved that it could be done if the leader is dedicated enough.

  1. Michelle Obama

Though her husband has recently finished his term as US President, Michelle Obama remains an influential presence because of her philanthropic work and social awareness campaigns.

Image: Wikipedia Commons

This American lawyer and writer became the First Lady of the United States when her husband Barack Obama became president.

She kept this position from 2009 to 2017, during which she gained the favor of the masses. In fact, she has a higher approval rating compared to her husband. She has an approval rating of 66 percent, whereas Barack Obama only has 44 percent.

This well-liked leader has been on the frontlines of the fight against obesity – a perennial problem in the US.

  1. Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen is an American economist who now serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Before this, she served as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014.

Image: Wikipedia Commons

She was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Under President Bill Clinton, she was the Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. She was also a business professor at the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Holding control over the most influential central bank in the world, Yellen holds a huge responsibility that only a truly capable leader could take care of.

  1. Mary Barra

Mary Barra is the first female CEO of a major global automaker, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the General Motors Company.

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Her calm and confident persona helped the company bounce back after a 30-million-car recall due to faulty ignition switches.

  1. Susan Wojcicki

Everyone has used YouTube, but does everyone now the current CEO of YouTube is a Polish-American woman named Susan Wojcicki?

Image: Twitter 

Wojcicki helped revamp the video-sharing site’s strategy upon being acquired by Google for $1.65 billion.

These 10 women above are powerful, not simply because of the positions they hold, but because of their responsible and intelligent use of the power and influence they wield.

Author Bio:

Joe Mosier is a car enthusiast and loves working on his 2011 Mercedes Benz 300 C-Class. Other than that, he loves to cook and spend time with his family. In his free time, he writes about cars on Adsitco’s blog and shares them with his readers.