Tips For Women In Tech: Juggling Family, Career, and Self-Care

Tips For Women In Tech: Juggling Family, Career, and Self-Care

COVID-19 has radically changed the working landscape in America. While working from home offers benefits such as protection from potentially contracting COVID-19 in the office and reduced transportation costs, it also brings about unprecedented challenges — specifically for working women. 

According to TrustRadius’ annual report that surveyed the impact of COVID-19 on professional women in tech, “women in tech are 1.6x as likely to be laid-off or furloughed than men.” In addition, women are still expected to assume a large part of the child care responsibility, and thus are “nearly 1.5 times as likely as men to report feeling a greater childcare burden due to COVID-19.” 

To avoid the effects of COVID-19 burnout, continue reading for helpful tips you can begin implementing in your professional and personal life to feel less stressed. 

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Tip #1: Manage Expectations 

Routines are superb for accomplishing goals and sticking to habits. However, when you are juggling your career, your children, and personal care, strict deadlines and routines may go out the door faster than you think. Carve in an extra 10-15 minutes in between your important tasks of the day and allow yourself the space to be flexible. 

Tip #2: Set Clear Boundaries at Work

Now more than ever, checking Slack notifications during lunch time and answering late-night client emails in bed has become the norm. However, these habits can leave you feeling depleted and burned out.

If you find yourself working outside of normal office hours on a consistent basis, make it clear to your employer that unless it’s an emergency, you will be logging off at a certain time. Your employer does not need to know the specifics and if he/she objects, consider having a conversation about ways to streamline the work during the day or shuffling some tasks to other members of the team. 

Tip #3: Get Your Endorphins Pumping

Move your body throughout the day! Just 30 minutes of daily exercise can have a significant impact on reducing stress levels and raising your endorphins (the “feel good” hormones). If you can’t block out a chunk of time to workout, consider investing in a standing desk or a seated bicycle to keep you active during extra-long Zoom calls. 

Tip #4: Ask for Help

According to CNBC.com, symptoms of burnout can often manifest themselves in wanting to be alone. While quiet time for introspection is a great way of reducing stress levels, consider tapping into your support system and reaching out to friends, family, or neighbors to help alleviate feelings of stress or loneliness. 

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A final note on being a woman who works from home…

You’re doing amazing things with your career and the fact that you’re able to work from home, take care of the family, and have other obligations is astounding. If you haven’t heard it before, you are great, validated, and we love to see you thrive!

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!  

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2021 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Negotiating the Salary You Want

Negotiating the Salary You Want

Negotiating salaries or asking for a raise can be daunting. This is especially true for people who identify with minority groups and/or women of color (WOC). Research from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business shows that college-educated black men earn 20 percent less than college-educated white men, and the gap is 8 percent for college-educated women. Additional findings from this study revealed that participants who were racially biased expected black job seekers to be less likely to negotiate as compared to their white counterparts.

Therefore, it is critical to enter salary negotiations prepared. If you’re ready to take the next steps, MinTech Agency has put together 4 tips for prospective hires and current employees to ace their salary negotiations. 

Negotiating Your Salary as a Prospective Hire

Tip #1: What Are You Worth? 

Before entering any salary negotiation, survey the pay landscape for your specific industry and job title. With up-to-date information on the average pay someone in your position receives, you can be confident in knowing your salary negotiations are backed up by industry statistics. 

Tip #2: Prepare Yourself for Resistance

Once you’ve received a job offer from your hiring manager, take pride in the fact that you have presented yourself as a potentially valuable asset to the team or organization. That being said, salary negotiations can often be tense environments that new employees may be afraid or not willing to enter into. However, it’s all part of the game

According to the Harvard Business Review, “You need to prepare for questions and issues that would put you on the defensive, make you feel uncomfortable, or expose your weaknesses. Your goal is to answer honestly without looking like an unattractive candidate—and without giving up too much bargaining power.” 

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Negotiating Your Salary as a Current Employee

Tip #1: Assess Your Accomplishments 

Before entering salary negotiations, inventory the accomplishments you have achieved during your employment. When your employers see the value add of your work to the organization, they are more likely to see the validity behind your ask. According to Glassdoor.com, “Your salary is more than a deposit to your bank account: it’s how your company shows you that they appreciate your work and value you and your skills.”  

Tip #2: Consult Your Peers or Career Advisors

In addition to researching the average pay for your current job title in your industry, it is beneficial to consult with career advisors in your field. Human resources may also be a valuable asset in helping you to determine the perks and benefits of your job, and who can communicate your desires for a pay rise to your supervisors. 

A final note on negotiating your salary…

Not every negotiation will result in a salary increase. If you ever come across a situation where the company will not negotiate salary, and you truly want to work with this company, consider negotiating other aspects of your job offer. For example, more time off, flexibility in your schedule (remote versus flex/hybrid schedule), or you just walk. The great thing about having the power of negotiation in your hands is that you are in control.

If you are a technology professional looking to connect to organizations that value your diverse background and the unique experiences you bring, click HERE to apply to work with a MinTech Agency recruiter and land your dream job!  

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2021 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Three Things to Know Before Joining a Startup

Three Things to Know Before Joining a Startup

Working at a startup in tech or STEM can be an exciting place for professional growth and development. However, the startup working environment is unique. Continue reading to learn about the key things to know before joining a startup.

Startups are known for being the movers and shakers of their industries. Innovative ideas and products are often formed at startups, and are then backed by investors through funding rounds that support the company’s mission, idea, or products.

 

If joining a hard-working team in a fast-paced environment is something that interests you, the startup environment may be right for you. But before you send of your applications to startups far and wide, here are a few key things that prospective applicants should know before joining a startup:

1. You Will Get to Know Your Team Closely

Startups can range from small to midsize organizations. While there is ample time for independent work at a startup, close collaboration with your team members is often a necessary part of the job. 

In addition, it is not unusual for you to work closely with or know your startup’s founders. Thus, it is important that you believe in and are motivated by the company’s value proposition or mission statement, as you’ll play a key role in spearheading it. 

Before accepting a job offer at a startup, do your homework on the founders, the company’s mission, and its culture to make sure these critical elements are a fit for you.

2. Be Prepared to Work Unusual Hours

The unpredictable nature of startups, especially within a highly changeable and unpredictable market like technology or STEM, will likely result in you working long or odd hours. 

There may be nights when you and your team members are burning the midnight oil to meet a deadline or a client’s revision. If work life integration is important to you, carefully consider whether a startup’s unstructured working style is right for you.

3. You Will Wear Multiple Hats

If you want to work at a startup, be prepared to take on projects or responsibilities that may not have been mentioned in the job description. Unlike at a larger organization, where there are different departments handling different sections of the work, the long-term success of the startup often depends heavily on the individual or joint contributions of its team members. 

Before joining a startup, assess whether or not the unique level of dedication and commitment needed to achieve long-term success at a startup is right for you.

Learn more about the roles we have open at some hot new startups HERE.

 

 

3 Questions To Ask During A Remote Technical  Job Interview

3 Questions To Ask During A Remote Technical Job Interview

Following the onset of the global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the United States was forced to embrace remote work. Interestingly, despite no longer being in the office, employees remained productive. Increased employee productivity levels, combined with the reported higher levels of job satisfaction, have made the possibility of long-term remote work attractive to the American workforce. 

Is Remote Work Right for Me? 

According to ZDNet.com, “almost two-thirds (63%) of tech professionals said they expected to continue to work remotely.” Perhaps the most important factor that is driving the possibility of long-term remote working strategies is that employees’ productivity has actually increased. For example, findings from a leading study revealed a 13% performance increase in the productivity of employees at a NASDAQ-listed company. 

As a remote worker, you have the ability to apply for technical job positions anywhere in the country without having to pay for living and housing costs in the chosen area. In addition, a large part of technical professionals’ work can be completed via a computer or smart device. 

If remote work is the best long-term strategy for you and your lifestyle, here are the top 3 questions to ask your hiring manager in your next interview to land your remote technical job.  

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Question #1: How Do You Measure Success in this Role?

As a remote worker, it is imperative that you are clear on the methods the company or organization uses to measure success for their remote workforce. When you identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) you’re expected to meet from the onset of the working relationship, you will be able to work independently (and confidently) with the outlined performance goals in mind.  

Question #2: What Are The Expectations for Overtime Work?

As a remote worker, you may be more likely to continue working past your contracted or salaried hours due to the convenience of not having to physically leave the office. If a work-life balance is important to you, understand the company’s expectations for overtime work so that you incorporate non-work related activities (such as personal time or family time) into your life accordingly. 

Question #3: What Networking Events are Offered to Remote Employees?

With a mass shift to remote work, many employees are missing the traditional perks and benefits that come with being in the office. Happy hour or after work events were once optimal places to build professional and personal connections. If a key part of your professional experience includes bonding with your team members or office mates, ask your potential employer about the initiatives they have in place which encourage social networking. 

Top Software Engineering Courses to Take in 2021

Top Software Engineering Courses to Take in 2021

With the advent of the unprecedented global pandemic (COVID-19), students and career professionals alike are re-imagining the way they pursue education through the adoption of self-paced learning. EasyLMS.com defines self-paced learning as learning on your own time and schedule, with benefits such as reduced pressure to adhere to a strict timeline, the ability to set your own schedule, and an accommodation of different learning styles. Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned tech professional, or just simply looking to expand upon your already acquired skill sets, these self-paced online courses in software engineering may be right for you. 

Java Programming and Software Engineering Fundamentals Specialization

Offered by Duke University through Coursera, this course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of Java — one of the most in-demand programming languages and the foundation of the Android operating system. The course consists of 5 specializations and a compilation of projects, specifically a capstone project. With this course, students will learn how to understand core programming concepts and solve complex problems.

  • Experience Level: Beginner 
  • Certification: Yes (students can also audit the class for free)
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Approx. Time for Completion: 5 months

Statistics and R

Offered by Harvard University through edX, this course teaches the R programming language in the context of statistical data and statistical analysis in the life sciences. The course consists of 7 parts, which can be taken individually or all at once. Through the use of R scripts to analyze data, students will learn the basics of conducting reproducible research.

  • Experience Level: Intermediate 
  • Certification: Yes (students can also audit the class for free)
  • Financial Aid Available: N/A
  • Approx. Time for Completion: 4 weeks

Building Modern Python Applications on AWS

For software developers looking to expand their cloud platform knowledge, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a certified course that teaches students how to build applications on AWS using Python. This course is offered through the Coursera platform. For tech professionals interested in receiving certifications for their cloud platform development skills, Amazon Web Services also offers a bevy of certifications to bolster your professional resume. 

  • Experience Level: Intermediate 
  • Certification: Yes (students can also audit the class for free)
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Approx. Time for Completion: 22 hrs.

Cloud Architecture with Google Cloud Professional Certificate

Offered by Google Cloud through Coursera, this certification teaches students the fundamentals of cloud architecture, specifically how to deploy solution elements, including infrastructure components such as networks, systems and applications services on the Google Cloud platform. According to Global Knowledge, the Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect certification was ranked one of the top paying IT certifications of 2019.

  • Experience Level: Intermediate 
  • Certification: Yes (students can also audit the class for free)
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Approx. Time for Completion: 3 months

Ready to apply the skills you’ve acquired through self-paced online courses to your professional career? Apply HERE to work with a dedicated MinTech agent.