Why female job seekers should apply for jobs despite the qualification

The results of this skilled confidence hole is very stark in the tech world. Whereas ladies make up nearly half (47%) of the whole workforce, they solely maintain 27% of computer and mathematical science jobs

As a brand new female exec in the tech trade, and a self-proclaimed information nerd, stats like these each intrigue and terrify me. Championing ladies’s profession development has all the time been a passive ardour of mine, however now as a frontrunner, I really feel the ethical obligation to take motion in equalizing these numbers.

From touchdown a dream job at Google to experiencing PagerDuty’s IPO, and to now becoming a member of Moogsoft as the VP of Development, I can attribute a lot of my profession to 3 issues: proactive planning, confidence in myself, and being prepared to say sure to new alternatives.

Whether or not you’re in the tech subject or navigating the workforce at giant, contemplate the following pointers which have helped me advance my profession.

Profession plan typically and out loud

One in every of my favourite managers as soon as informed me, “Your profession path is as much as you and also you alone. You determine the place you wish to go and I assist get you there.” Nothing has ever rung so true. I’m typically requested how I ended up as the VP of Development, and the reality of the matter is I’d recognized for nicely over a 12 months previous to taking over the position that constructing a development workforce was what I needed to do subsequent. 

Deal with your profession as the most essential venture you have to handle. As soon as a month, at the very least as soon as 1 / 4, take half-hour to replace and mirror by yourself profession growth plan. This contains answering questions like;

  • Quick-term objectives: What tasks do you wish to accomplish in the subsequent six months that provides you with expertise in areas of curiosity? 
  • Medium-term purpose: What abilities do you wish to be taught in the subsequent 12 months that can set you up for the subsequent position? 
  • Lengthy-term purpose: What position, title, or accountability do you wish to develop into in the subsequent two to 5 years?

There are a variety of nice profession growth templates on the market which can be useful to make use of to information your self-reflection—like this SMART goals information from Certainly.

When you’ve mapped your path out, you’re midway there. Now to make {that a} actuality, you have to share it out loud and to anybody who will pay attention. Schedule out quarterly profession conversations along with your supervisor. Don’t wait for them to ask. Share it with ladies and associates in your community and share it along with your mentors or different leaders. Speaking your profession plan not solely creates a dedication to your self to maneuver ahead however offers you a military of individuals serving to discover these subsequent alternatives for you alongside the means.

Apply for the job, ignore the “{qualifications}”

Now that you’ve got that subsequent job in thoughts, it’s a lot simpler to slim your search. When making use of for jobs, deal with three issues; the obligations of the position, the firm or product you’ll be working for, and the workforce you’ll be working with. If these three issues match what you’re looking for, apply for the job.

Oftentimes, we will get caught up in the “{qualifications}” part of a job description, however do you know that girls are literally extra probably than males to get employed in the event that they apply for the job? Based on the LinkedIn Gender Insights Report, female candidates are 16% more likely than men to get hired after making use of for a job and 18% extra probably than males to get employed for a stretch job. 

As Wayne Gretzky as soon as mentioned, “You miss 100% of the pictures you don’t take.” So take the shot.

Say sure to issues that scare you

One last item that I’ve embraced whereas rising in my profession is the feeling of “Oh crap, can I do that?” that hits your abdomen proper earlier than you’re taking a giant leap into a brand new venture or job. Some could name this “imposter syndrome” or as the emotions of self-doubt and never belonging. However, as Harvard Enterprise Evaluation precisely states, these categorizations incorrectly direct our view toward fixing women at work as an alternative of fixing the locations the place ladies work.

Turning it on its head, I wish to take that feeling and see it as an indication that I’m pushing myself to develop. Oftentimes, new issues are scary. Discomfort is an indication of development, and the extra we push ourselves to be snug with the unknown, the extra prepared we’re to tackle new challenges.

Whereas there are lots of issues that may issue into your profession—timing, inherent privilege (or lack thereof), and a little bit of luck—proactively managing your profession with intention can solely assist drive it ahead and upwards.

One in every of my favourite roles I’ve ever had was managing the EMEA SMB Google Cloud gross sales workforce which got here from a mix of telling my supervisor I needed to work overseas as a part of my profession plan, elevating my hand when a possibility arose for an interim supervisor position in Dublin, after which saying sure to transferring midway throughout the world on their lonesome!

So the place do you wish to make investments your time and expertise? Pursue this query passionately and reevaluate it typically. Imagine in your distinctive worth proposition.

You by no means know what you’ll obtain.


Minami Rojas is vice chairman of Development at Moogsoft.