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ok, so getting a little desperate and extremely frustrated because i have been looking for a new role for a long time (over a year and a half). i am looking for a real analyst role.

those who have had experience job hunting for long periods of time and getting many rejections/not even getting interviews, there comes a point (or many points) in time when you begin to wonder what the heck is wrong with you. which brings to my next question- do you think gender discrimination still exists? i know it doesn't overtly exist, but mentally is there a stigma for hiring women into analyst roles that require very long hours. i really want a job that is high pressure with long work days, but is it possible that they see a female and think to themselves that women can't handle it as well as men?

also, doesn't help that i look much younger than my age. i want to be taken seriously but i'm wondering if these external factors that i can't control are hurting my job search to any extent.

Comments (18)

  • Tar Heel Blue's picture

    Definitely wished I had a vagina during recruiting. I know some girls that had no business getting offers, but I can't necessarily blame the interviewers. After spending 80+ hours working with nothing but dudes, and interviewing 15 dudes in a row, I can understand why any halfway attractive female would already have a leg up. It's important to distinguish yourself during recruiting, so considering the finance industry is filled with men, you've already done that just by being female.

    Agree with englishtofee, I could see it becoming a problem at the senior level. Some [ignorant] men may not take you seriously, particularly if you work at Deutsche.

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  • guerrillagrrl's picture

    Yes it does exist, but I would be careful to make the assumption that you're not getting a new role just because of being a woman. Try being more aggressive? Are you applying via references or cold-emailing?

  • bfin's picture

    bitch shut the fuck up. get back in the kitchen and make me an eggo.

    In other news.... Osama has been killed.

    It does, but it is what you make of it.

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  • UFOinsider's picture

    Last I hear, there's still gender discrimination in childbirth and emotional expression and support too. Apparently, women also dominate Friday night bartending at trendy beach places....men just can't compete with bikini tops and belly shots. Man, this world we live in, it's SOO unfair.

    Get busy living

  • In reply to bfin
    Angelus99's picture

    blackfinancier wrote:
    bitch shut the fuck up. get back in the kitchen and make me an eggo.

    In other news.... Osama has been killed.

    It does, but it is what you make of it.

    awkward statement.. But i think you guys are missing her point in that it works for prettier women vs other ladies.

    I think it can work positively for you but maybe you have to work on portraying a specific image?

    Beast

  • UFOinsider's picture

    If you're hot, then that can only work for you, but either way it comes down to whether or not you're qualified. If you're less than drop dead gorgeous, don't worry: just know your shit and have a great personality. There is discrimination, but it's also a function of who's doing the hiring: One of the MDs here is a woman, and needless to say, my group is 70% women, which probably explains why I'm taking my time to just out of here.

    Also, you need to be honest with yourself: is your resume strong enough?

    Get busy living

  • vadremc's picture

    bleeve21,

    You need to give us more information. Over a 3 month period, how many new positions (high quality) are you applying for, and what is your percentage post those applications that you are getting call backs/interviews? Give an average/percentage. Again, the more detail the better.

    "Cut the burger into thirds, place it on the fries, roll one up homey..." - Epic Meal Time

  • In reply to bleeve21
    vadremc's picture

    bleeve21 wrote:
    maybe around 40 per month, high quality only. in terms of hearing back, i've found it varies drastically by time of year. lately, not as many. in january, much more success- maybe 1/8 i heard back. nowadays (last month), more like 1/15.

    Bleeve,

    If you are applying to 40 high quality jobs on average per month, that is part of your problem. Projected over a six month period, that is an absurd amount. A couple of things...

    1) Most of the jobs you are applying for are probably being managed by a recruiter. I would imagine that if you are applying to 35+ "high quality" jobs per month, you are diluting your brand. Chances are, your resume' has been moved around more times than a bong at a frat party. It hurts your marketability among recruiters/posts/ etc.

    2) Hone your focus and follow up with the contact that you submit your resume/cover letter to. Again, if you are counting website submissions, THESE DO NOT COUNT. Focus on recruiters/direct contacts.

    3) Again, if you've sent your info out that many times, something must be off. PM me if you want some more direct feedback. I've been in your situation before and perhaps I can help.

    "Cut the burger into thirds, place it on the fries, roll one up homey..." - Epic Meal Time

  • In reply to djr
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    "Cut the burger into thirds, place it on the fries, roll one up homey..." - Epic Meal Time