Magazine article HRMagazine

Helping Women Get to the Top

Magazine article HRMagazine

Helping Women Get to the Top

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Women are less likely than men to apply for a senior position with a company that has rejected them for a similar role in the past, according to a study of more than 10,000 senior executives in the United Kingdom. That's because they tend to believe, more than men do, that they weren't a good fit for the previous job or that the search or hiring firm treated them unfairly. In many cases, their "outsider" status in the executive labor market may cause them to feel uncertain about whether they belong in the C-suite.

"Women place more weight on how fairly they were treated than men when deciding whether to apply again," said Raina A. Brands of the London Business School, who co-authored the study with fellow professor Isabel Fernandez-Mateo.

For organizations that want to include more women in their senior ranks, the authors offered the following advice:

* Be proactive. …

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