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6 Tips For Women Starting A Career In A Male-Dominated Field
by Heather R. Huhman for ForbesWoman
Source: http://ow.ly/i0sGq

"As I’ve said before, being a woman in today’s competitive job market can be a challenge–particularly if you’re hoping to start your career in traditionally male-dominated fields, such as finance, science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

So how can you minimize the challenges you may face as a woman starting a career in one of these fields? I spoke with several experts, and here’s what they had to say:

Find A Mentor To Guide Your Career
Many women have successfully navigated typical male-dominated fields. Often, they learned the hard way what works and what doesn’t. Rather than repeat their mistakes, learn from these successful women. Identify one or two who can advise you. Follow up with this person regularly, take their advice at least some of the time, and let them know when you succeed or hit a major setback.

– Alan Carniol, Interview Success Formula

Display Confidence
Don’t hesitate–be confident. People who carry themselves with confidence, no matter which gender, typically get noticed more. Be careful, there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness!

– Ben Yeargin, Corporate Recruiter for Craig Technologies

You Gotta Have An Edge
This was advice my dad gave me when I was in the 8th grade and it has stuck with me ever since. Find your edge in life and cultivate it. Don’t round out your edges or hide them away because you’ll seem too “demanding” to someone else. Your edges give you strength and set you apart from the pack. Don’t listen to anyone who says you need to change to fit into a preformed mold — go in and give it your all and make your mark in that field.

– Heather Taylor, social media manager, MyCorporation.com

Learn From Successful Male Counterparts
Have confidence, speak up, and watch and mirror our successful male counterparts. As a woman who has searched for jobs and worked in all male-dominated fields such as technology (IBM, Microsoft, Kodak) and Shipping (Sea-Land, ex-Marines), I say, “Go for it!”. I still keep in touch with every one of my male managers from all of these companies and I have learned a lot about how our diverse approaches end with better results.

– Dana Manciagli, Author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job (Spring 2013)

You Have To Want It
It’s not much fun being the only woman in the room. Men’s behavior often changes when they’re with packs of other guys, and sports talk or aggressive competition may be de rigeur. However, many male dominated industries (like finance) are incredibly prestigious and lucrative. Decide in advance if you can stomach the culture and if you can, go for it.

– Dorie Clark, Author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

Gender-Schmender
Do not grow anxious about the gender-balance within your intended field. Your gender will neither help you nor hurt you if you do not possess the baseline qualifications. That being said, a recent study by TribeHR found that although women receive more frequent raises, men ultimately get bigger raises. Women need to be aware not only of their own growth, but that of those around them. Ask for company-wide benchmarks. Knowledge is, after all, power.

– Joseph Fung, TribeHR

What do you think? Have you employed any of these tips, and what were your results?”

6 Tips For Women Starting A Career In A Male-Dominated Field
by Heather R. Huhman for ForbesWoman
Source: http://ow.ly/i0sGq

"As I’ve said before, being a woman in today’s competitive job market can be a challenge–particularly if you’re hoping to start your career in traditionally male-dominated fields, such as finance, science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

So how can you minimize the challenges you may face as a woman starting a career in one of these fields? I spoke with several experts, and here’s what they had to say:

Find A Mentor To Guide Your Career
Many women have successfully navigated typical male-dominated fields. Often, they learned the hard way what works and what doesn’t. Rather than repeat their mistakes, learn from these successful women. Identify one or two who can advise you. Follow up with this person regularly, take their advice at least some of the time, and let them know when you succeed or hit a major setback.

– Alan Carniol, Interview Success Formula

Display Confidence
Don’t hesitate–be confident. People who carry themselves with confidence, no matter which gender, typically get noticed more. Be careful, there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness!

– Ben Yeargin, Corporate Recruiter for Craig Technologies

You Gotta Have An Edge
This was advice my dad gave me when I was in the 8th grade and it has stuck with me ever since. Find your edge in life and cultivate it. Don’t round out your edges or hide them away because you’ll seem too “demanding” to someone else. Your edges give you strength and set you apart from the pack. Don’t listen to anyone who says you need to change to fit into a preformed mold — go in and give it your all and make your mark in that field.

– Heather Taylor, social media manager, MyCorporation.com

Learn From Successful Male Counterparts
Have confidence, speak up, and watch and mirror our successful male counterparts. As a woman who has searched for jobs and worked in all male-dominated fields such as technology (IBM, Microsoft, Kodak) and Shipping (Sea-Land, ex-Marines), I say, “Go for it!”. I still keep in touch with every one of my male managers from all of these companies and I have learned a lot about how our diverse approaches end with better results.

– Dana Manciagli, Author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job (Spring 2013)

You Have To Want It
It’s not much fun being the only woman in the room. Men’s behavior often changes when they’re with packs of other guys, and sports talk or aggressive competition may be de rigeur. However, many male dominated industries (like finance) are incredibly prestigious and lucrative. Decide in advance if you can stomach the culture and if you can, go for it.

– Dorie Clark, Author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

Gender-Schmender
Do not grow anxious about the gender-balance within your intended field. Your gender will neither help you nor hurt you if you do not possess the baseline qualifications. That being said, a recent study by TribeHR found that although women receive more frequent raises, men ultimately get bigger raises. Women need to be aware not only of their own growth, but that of those around them. Ask for company-wide benchmarks. Knowledge is, after all, power.

– Joseph Fung, TribeHR

What do you think? Have you employed any of these tips, and what were your results?”

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