What’s a “Hot Job” and How Can You Get It?

Posted December 12, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

The Washington Post, and a new report from Catalyst are finally starting to put our fingers on one of the major problems for women in business and the reasons women aren’t getting ahead as fast as men. And it’s not what you might think. You see, women aren’t getting “Hot Jobs” – but you might not know that “Hot Jobs” isn’t just about your job. It’s about the job you get within your job. Here’s how The Washington Post describes it:

But a new report released Wednesday from Catalyst, the research organization that studies and advises companies on women’s advancement in the workplace, adds a much more logical reason to this longstanding puzzle: Women simply aren’t getting the “hot” jobs. When they’re not being placed on highly visible projects, in key international roles or in critical profit-and-loss management positions, they’re never going to reach the top leadership ranks to which such high-profile stretch assignments typically lead.

The “Hot Job” is one that manages big money, big risk for a company, and yields big promotions for those who have it. Largely, while women may enter a company at the same place as their male counterpart, men are more likely to lead these kinds of “hot” projects.

So how do you get yourself on those big projects? Here’s the kicker, ladies, it’s not that hard. You have to ASK! So do it today! Get in your boss’ office, tell him you want to work on (BIG UPCOMING PROJECT X) and don’t take no for an answer. Get the hot jobs in your job!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."