Tag Archive: Career Advice

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    by Angie Chang

    Three Gifts To A 20-Something From A "Forty-Godmother"

    Here are 3 “gifts” one 40-something woman would give a 20-something if she were a “Forty-Godmother”.

    By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20 Vision)

    Herewith, three “gifts” one 40-something would give a 20-something as their “Forty-Godmother”. What are yours?

    #1 – Make yourself a priority.

    You can spend so much time doing good job and being liked by your bosses that you don’t make yourself a priority.

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    by Angie Chang

    Interview With JPL Systems Engineer Nagin Cox

    The following are excerpts from an interview with JPL Engineer Nagin Cox. She helped send the Curiosity Rover to Mars in August 2012.

    By Sophia Viklund (Co-Founder, BackCode) & Esther Nam (Web Developer, Cars.com)

    Nagin Cox joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 1993 and has since served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions, including NASA/JPL’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rover Missions and

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Women Tech Execs Can And Must Thrive On Risk

    “No risk, no reward,” goes the old adage. It’s important to stretch one’s boundaries, try something new, perhaps fail, but learn, and move on.

    By Shellye Archambeau (CEO, MetricStream)

    The stereotypical image of women as risk avoiders is changing fast. More women are occupying the boardroom, making important strategic decisions, and taking on high-risk responsibilities as CEOs, CFOs, and even chief risk officers.

    As a woman who worked her way up to various executive roles, and now as the CEO of a governance, risk, and compliance

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    What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – A Mentor Will

    Sometimes asking for help is the most important thing a person can do in their career.

    By Wendy Lea (CEO, Get Satisfaction)

    You need to know that what got you here won’t get you there.

    At a certain point, you must recognize that you can’t go the entrepreneurial journey alone.

    Let’s talk about relationship building via technology.

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    by Angie Chang

    5 Ways To Make A Great First Impression (Career Advice)

    Research findings show that a firm handshake characterized by strength, good eye contact, and a completeness of grip, leaves a positive impact.

    By Kelly Studer (Career Stylist, Kelly Studer Consulting)

    At one point or another, we’ve all had an experience meeting someone new and not have it pan out the way we thought it would. Without even realizing it, we may have left a poor first impression and it’s hard to change someone’s mind about us once this has happened.

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    by Angie Chang

    Is This What A Business Woman Looks Like? (Hint: There Is No Cookie Cutter)

    Successful women ask for what they want, and more importantly, give themselves what they need.

    By Blake Landau (Founder, Artemis)

    If you would have asked me to create what I thought a successful business woman looked like when I was 15 years old, I would have drawn something similar to what we see in the stock photo images we see on websites.

    She would be angular and slim, in a tight fitting black suit, high heels, pearls and stockings. She’d be standing, hunched

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    by Angie Chang

    Sheryl Sandberg Explains Why Younger Women Should Pursue Tech Careers

    Facebook leaders Sheryl Sandberg and Jocelyn Goldfein share advice.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    The most influential woman in tech right now, Sheryl Sandberg, outlined some clues for younger women searching for a career or job in today’s economy.

    In a post to Quora last week, she gave three pieces of advice for younger women and made an appeal for women

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    by Angie Chang

    The New Girls’ Network: The Science Of Office Politics

    Mothers are 79% less likely to be hired, only half as likely to be promoted, offered an average of $11,000 less in salary and held to higher performance and punctuality standards than an identical woman without children.

    By Joan C. Williams (Author, The New Girls’ Network)

    Advice literature for women is a crowded field and a predictable one. Most advice falls into one of two woefully inadequate camps:

    1. Man up! The most common advice assumes that the problem is that women need to act more like men. Men tend to negotiate harder, act with more confidence and go after plum assignments that will require them to stretch and swagger. All this is good advice – sometimes, for some women. It will work for you if you tend to act in traditionally feminine ways: modest, happy to play support roles and attuned to the comfort of others

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    by Angie Chang

    Develop Your Voice As An Engineer, A Speaker

    Editor’s note: A longer version of the guest blogger’s “Develop Your Voice” talk will be presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration (October 3-6 in Baltimore).

    By Chiu-Ki Chan (Founder & Developer, Monkey Write)

    When I first started working, I was happily learning all kinds of new stuff: source control, working in a team, unit testing, etc, etc. After two years or so, I felt quite comfortable as a software engineer, but I had no idea how to grow further.

    Voice is an interesting word because it encompasses so many things. It’s your vision, your direction, what you believe in and what you stand for. Voice also implies that it needs to projected, that you need to let other people know what you are trying to do.

    I have discovered that the most important thing is

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    by Angie Chang

    3 Tips For A 20-Something Woman From A 40-Something Woman

    Here are 3 “gifts” one 40-something woman would give a 20-something if she were a “Forty-Godmother”.

    By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20 Vision)

    Trends point in the direction that women have more choices and freedom’s today – to marry or stay single, to have children alone, in wedlock or not at all, to work or stay at home — to name a few.

    Yet women still feel judged by others (Why aren’t you married? When are you having children? You don’t work?). And at the same time they put enormous pressure on themselves to find their own passion and maintain independence. That’s a lot of tension. Now that women have more choices, it’s harder than ever to choose what is “right” and find “happiness”.

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    by Angie Chang

    Defining The “All” In “Having It All”

    What should be evaluated critically is the definition of “all”.

    By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)

    Can women have it all? It’s a question that repeatedly creeps up in this ongoing dialogue on women and careers. I frequently encounter contemporaries who believe it’s the duty of women in their 30s and 40s to warn this next generation that they cannot “have it all.” They fret about new graduates who are certain their future holds generous salaries, lofty titles, a partner with the same and maybe even kids in private school by the time they hit their mid-30s.

    I never want to quash those dreams. I entertained them myself at one point and still believe the possibility exists for those

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    by Angie Chang

    Success For The 99%

    By Carla Rover (Content Curator, The Advertising Technology Review)

    Most women, even very smart women, don’t attend Harvard, Yale or New York University. Most of us don’t have billionaire mentors steering us around career pitfalls and making introductions to their own powerful networks. Most of us, even the most daring entrepreneurs among us, don’t have image consultants helping us “brand” ourselves around an appealing concept, in order to seduce capital and influential tastemakers.

    If you are an ambitious would-be tech star but cash or Ivy league-credential poor, what can you do?

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    by Angie Chang

    Recognize Career Regrets Before It’s Too Late

    Professional choices and personal identity are hard to separate.

    By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)

    I’ve felt it, and I know I’m not alone. It’s the Sunday-night syndrome – that feeling of dread at the end of a weekend where you stare at your calendar for the coming week and anticipate the avalanche of appointments, phone calls and meetings with co-workers.

    It’s a phenomenon that can repeat week after week, but at some point you need to ask: Is this it?

    Admitting to a career misstep can be challenging. Unlike other major decisions you make, it can be a stretch to blame

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    by Angie Chang

    5 Principles For Attracting The Right (Leadership) Attention

    By Tania Yuki (Founder, wimlink)

    How are you doing as a leader?

    Whether you manage hundreds of people or you want to get promoted to a leadership role, merely being terrific at your job will not cut it. Yes, even if you’re terrific.

    Too many options compete for everyone’s attention, and they continue to expand daily. Therefore, it is critical to ensure you are rising above the noise and focusing on what matters, so you can support, impress and hold the attention of those

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    by Angie Chang

    Reaching Your Career Peak With Your Dream Job

    By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)Karen Ramstead, a former retail manager in Calgary, never imagined that one day she would move to a remote northern Alberta community to become a full-time musher. Years ago, in a bid to persuade her to leave the city and move to Grande Prairie, her husband, Mark, bought her a Siberian husky as a bribe.

    Karen Ramstead, a former retail manager in Calgary, never imagined that one day she would move to a remote northern Alberta community to become a full-time musher. Years ago, in a bid to persuade her to leave the city and move to Grande Prairie, her husband, Mark, bought her a Siberian husky as a bribe.

    It sparked a new passion, and she started breeding dogs, turning that one pup into several dozen, which she trained as sled dogs.

    Eventually she made the leap from hobby to full-time

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    by Angie Chang

    How Do I Become CEO Of A Technology Startup?

    What skills do you need to develop to become the CEO of a tech startup?

    By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

    I’m often asked by young women in school, thinking about their careers, “how can I prepare to be a CEO? What should I study? What experiences should I seek?”

    To answer this question I think it’s best to think about what skills are needed to be a CEO of a technology startup. First of all, what do companies need to do? Simply put, they need to make things and they need to sell what they make. Typically, the CEO will know more about one of those two, but you need to be able to execute at a basic level on both. Going beyond that, you need to

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Avoid “Pink Ghetto” Software Development for Women

    By Gloria W. Jacobs (Senior Freelance Software Developer, NYC)

    The expression “pink ghetto” when used in context of software development, refers to jobs (which are often offered to women and people new to the field) that will not help you grow your skill set or experience in productive ways.

    During an economic crunch, these types of “pink ghetto” jobs become more prevalent and cleverly disguised. Students, minorities and women tend to be caught up in these types of offers — not knowing how to see through a bad deal, or how to look for better alternatives. After reading this article, you will learn to recognize “pink ghetto” work. I also suggest ways to find better options.

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Self-Promote Without Backlash (Women’s Career Advice)

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network) As we discussed in our last post, a recent study by the non-profit Catalyst found that the best strategy to get a raise is to make your achievements known around the office. Seems simple enough, right? Let your co-workers know about a deal that went your way. Be sure to get credit for ideas you originate. Mention that big account you just landed at the next partner’s meeting. Except, as it turns out, self-promotion is just as likely to make people think you’re a jerk as it is to make people think you deserve a raise or a promotion.

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    by Angie Chang

    Bringing Together Women Who Code in the Bay Area

    By Sasha Laundy (Founder, Women Who Code)

    I love startups and the vibrant technical community in the Bay Area. While many men were friendly and helpful to me, I grew tired of being the only technical woman at event after event. I craved a space -— just one night a month! —- where I wasn’t the only one. Where I didn’t constantly have to prove myself with every introduction, and where I could see what other technical women were accomplishing. So I launched Women Who Code.

    Two months later, I have been overwhelmed by the community response. More than 300 women have joined