Top 10 Ways Successful Technical Women Increase Their Visibility

Increasing your visibility is important for advancing your career. Below are ten things that highly successful women say they do in order to increase their visibility throughout the company, industry, and technical community.

Source: www.ncwit.org

NJIT’s Continuing Education program posted this on its Facebook page, even though this article came out a few years ago. The information is still applicable today. I know I’ve tried to follow these guidelines since I graduated from grad school. In my opinion, these rules apply to both women and men who want to get ahead. Take a look. 

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Video Games as Learning Tools

Video Games as Learning Tools

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I saw that Darin Hammond found this and posted this on Google+, and I wanted to share it, too. The world is changing to one where digital literacy is just as important as traditional literacy, and it looks like they can work together. Read this. 

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4 ways to size up your client’s culture

I appreciate all the clients I work with. Each one is unique, with its own corporate culture. Often, that culture makes it easier to work with the client. But sometimes it erects obstacles that we …

Source: larrykunz.wordpress.com

Larry Kunz has written a great article here, which in my view is about a company views both its internal customers as well as its external customers. He describes some bad positions at the very end of the article, and I can say that I’ve played every one of those parts (even the unlucky minion) way too often. I’m fortunate that I’m in a job that none of those descriptions are applicable. Corporate culture is all about attitude, and if it doesn’t jive with yours, then you need to find something else. 

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How to write a blog post: A 9 step beginner’s guide | LinkedIn

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Another good how-to entry on how to blog. One of the points, I believe, has to do more with writing for a company. Since I write only for myself, I have no proofreader other than myself. But it’s still a good pointer. I also agree with the commentary on length at the end of the article as well. Take a look. 

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Good Karma! | LinkedIn

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Everyone–men and women–should read this article on LinkedIn by Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC’s Morning Joe. I have not read her book, but her gut reaction was the same as mine–and I’m not a SME on the subject the same way she is. I was raised in a somewhat progressive way, in that I was raised to believe that girls could do anything boys could do, just as feminism was really starting to pave the way. But reality would hit when I wouldn’t get a job because I was a woman, or get the same pay as a guy. I wouldn’t say that’s the case with the job I have right now, thankfully. But when I heard that the CEO of Microsoft–whom I had high hopes for–made a statement like this, I was heartbroken. 

 

It’s hard enough already to encourage women to have STEM-related jobs, and this was as big of a discouragement as it gets, from one of the biggest tech companies in the world. I’m like Mika in this article–I don’t buy his retraction. He had plenty of time to prepare a speech, and this is what he came up with, even if the talk was partially improvised. Women are the ones buying computers as much as men are. Women even make up a larger part of the gaming world buying Microsoft’s Xboxes. Seriously, Satya Nadella, did you really think an apology was enough? Nope, it’s going to take a lot more to keep women down. 

 

There seems to be a resurgence in defining feminism these days, and it’s that it’s not all about "girl power" but about "people power"–making sure that men are not demeaned just as much as women are demeaned. True equality. An easy place to start is equal pay for equal work, and equal opportunity to earn the right to ask for a raise. 

 

This is a hot topic, no doubt, but one that hits close to home for me, so I have to say that I agree with Mika’s analysis of the situation. Her gut reaction was the same as mine, as I’m sure it was for a lot of women in tech. 

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“If You’re Not Working, We Won’t Hire You!” | LinkedIn

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I know this is a problem that afflicts many in the tech comm industry, even now. I can say that it was at least a year for me when I was looking for a full-time job, and I started looking covertly before I even got laid off (I could see the writing on the wall). I agree with many of the points Ms. Ryan points out. So many technical communicators really are multi-talented and can fill a space quickly. I’ve often said that employers are putting out wish lists rather than requirements now to weed people out, instead of seeing potential (like, I know X software, which is similar to the Y software you want me to learn–I could learn it in about 2-3 weeks if given the chance). Little things like that.  I find that people in tech comm are the most flexible because they have to be, yet HR doesn’t understand how to see it that way. This is part of the reason that during my presentations of how to look for tech comm jobs that I suggest taking part-time positions. In some cases, it pays more than unemployment, and at least gives prospective employers a chance to see that you are still trying to work, even if it’s just part-time. Sometimes, you come out with a new skill, or at least some skills don’t get rusty long-term. 

 

It’s unfair, but it is what it is. If you are looking for a job and have been looking for a while, take a look at this article. 

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Everything else stops at Stuart Country Day School for Hour of Code

For one hour on December 12, 2013, all other activity came to a halt as Middle and Upper School girls at Stuart Country Day School, and their faculty, took part in the Hour of Code. If you walked the …

Source: ireport.cnn.com

This is the school where I went for most of my childhood and teen years. I wish we had this way back when! It’s good to see initiatives aimed at girls to do more STEM activities, and proud that my alma mater is leading the way. I know I would’ve love to learn code back then!
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