Traditionally a man’s world, the technology field can be difficult for women to find a good job in. If you’re out there looking, you already know this. But it might not be as difficult as you think. Let’s look at how we can set you up for success.
Know that many companies are proactively looking to diversify their workforce — and are listed at Find.jobs! They recognize the benefits of and are actively seeking out qualified women in technology roles. AnitaB.org specializes in supporting women in technical fields and have found that employing women is more than just a nice-to-have: Fortune 500 companies which employed at least three women directors increased their return on investment capital by at least 66 percent and return on sales by at least 42 percent. Investing in women pays off!
A little research will show you that company ranking organizations are paying close attention to how women rate their employers. This can help you narrow down which companies you might want to apply to. For example, tech-based CIO (whose executive editor is a women), published the 10 Best Places for Women in Technology to Work. These rankings include everything from how much women feel supported to how often they’re represented in high level positions. At the very least, these lists give you a sense of changing company cultures.
Determine what you want most from your technology position. This is just good general job-seeking advice for both women and men; however, because women represent an underrepresented demographic, it’s even more important. Are you looking for workday flexibility? If so, be sure to ask about work from home or flextime options. Perhaps you’re most concerned with taking on greater responsibilities. If so, take a look at their current executive level to see if diversity currently exists.
Be confident, not only in what your worth salary-wise but also in terms of who you are and your experiences. Again, while this is good advice for everyone, there are some nuances that women are more likely to have. If you’ve taken time off to care for your family, for example, it’s ok to discuss that with potential employers. After all, if they’re not supportive of your choices before you work for them, they’re probably not going to be supportive while you work for them.
And, finally, know that there are resources out there to help. Find.jobs is one of them!
Author: Jenn Prochaska