How to Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries

Gone are the days when women were concentrated in lower paying service jobs like retail workers and administrative assistants. Now more and more women are holding high level and high paying jobs in previously male dominated industries. To be successful in these industries, women require a lot of joggling especially if they are married and have children to look after.

Here are a few suggestions for women to get ahead in an industry that is known to be male-dominated.

  • Make sure your value is known

    One of the main challenges faced by women in the ‘male-dominated’ industries is making their value known. It can be intimidating for some women to play by men’s rules. Women need to play on their strengths and characteristic qualities that are sometime lacking in men. Many women think they need to change when working in a male-dominated environment. But, your unique qualities or working styles can be the catalyst that helps you to be noticed as a person of value.

  • Don’t be the ‘Yes’ woman

    In many industries, there is tremendous pressure to work hard and go the extra mile. Women must not feel obligated to say ‘yes’ to anything that doesn’t remotely list under their responsibilities. Agreeing to taking on every project in striving to be a ‘good employee’ will not do any justice to you in the long run. If you don’t learn to say no, you will ultimately hurt both yourself and the company you represent. It is important, however, to stand up for the projects you really want to work on.

  • Be Confident

    Having confidence in yourself goes a long way and can get you where you want to be in your career. Being confident, you won’t feel the need to get the ‘approval’ from anyone as women are just as capable of holding certain positions that appear to be reserved for men only. Being a woman, you may be playing more than one role. It is advisable not to allow domestic worries impact upon your confidence and focus at work.

  • Be strong and structure oriented

    As a woman,you need to not only prove yourself, but be relatively outspoken about it too – something many women are not comfortable doing. Being structured in your work, organized, technically strong, and ensuring you’re assertive goes a long way to earning the respect and recognition for a job well done.

  • Have patience, perseverance and positivity

    Maintaining a positive attitude and focus, together with equal doses of perseverance and patience, will stand you in good stead. One step forward is one step closer to getting ahead.

  • Build contacts

    Networking after work is a big part of building contacts in any industry. This is often done in environments that aren’t particularly female-friendly, but breaking into this is a must.

  • Motivation and mentorship

    Going it alone up the career ladder is hard. One of the most valuable things is to have a mentor – someone who has succeeded in the system, understands the challenges, and can guide you through some of the peculiarities of the industry, as a result of his/her own experience and lessons learned.A mentor can also push you a little harder than you might push yourself.

Remember, the amazing thing about women is that we’re stubborn individuals who will build strong, supportive networks to help each other grow. Keep a positive attitude and always challenge yourself to learn more. With knowledge and confidence, you can enter any office and show that you’re a valuable addition to the team.

Common Technical Interview Questions

When you are interviewing for an Information Technology (IT) job, you will be asked focused and specific technical questions about your education, skills, certifications, languages and tools you have expertise in.

The best approach when answering is to give specific examples whenever possible. Providing details and experience will tell the interviewer that you have handled projects and situations in the past, deeming you more qualified for the job.

Here are some of the questions you may come across with in an interview. Review this list and prepare your responses based on your qualifications and the nature of the job.

  • What are your technical certifications?
  • How do you maintain your certifications?
  • What development tools have you used?
  • Which all programming languages have you worked in?
  • How do you handle multiple deadlines?
  • How do you troubleshoot IT issues?
  • Tell me about the most recent project you worked on. What were your responsibilities?
  • Tell me about the project you are most proud of, and what your contribution was.
  • What is the biggest IT challenge you have faced and how did you handle it?
  • If you know you aren’t going to make a project deadline what will you tell your manager and/or the client?

These are just a few, but most common, of the questions that might be asked. They are enough to give you an idea of what to expect during an interview, but do keep in mind that different positions and companies have different requirements, so questions will vary. But your answers should reflect that you are well-experienced and well-informed about the position that they are looking for.

When preparing for a technical interview, you should review basic structures and algorithms within programming. Mastery of these topics will give you necessary knowledge to tackle the problems during the technical interview. Also, review the specific areas for which you’re interviewing. E.g. if you’re interviewing for a systems programming job, review the differences between threads and processes, OS scheduling algorithms, and memory allocation. Some companies do publish their technical interview questions either on blogs or on their websites. Do spend time in researching on questions asked by a specific employer for the position you are applying for.

If possible, make it a point to carry documentation of any project that you have worked for. This will give the interviewer a better idea about your skills and talents. However, the basic premise of such interview questions is searching for a person who is technically adept as well as professionally good to get along; a managerial attitude is much preferred.

Demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to excel in the role and the fact that you have done some homework. Ultimately, the more prepared you are for what you will encounter, the more successful you will be.

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IT Skills For An App Developer

Mobile phones and applications are growing and adjusting with how we communicate and work. The technology is exciting and evolving, new devices are popping up all over the place, and there is a very high demand for developers.

There is no specific minimum qualification for this career. However, a person looking forward to learn Mobile Application Development is expected to have received some sort of computer programming training, either from a school/college or a training center. Acquaintance with the programming basics is a must, since application development is all about programming and creativity. Any computer savvy person might be fit to learn how to develop mobile applications but being able to develop mobile apps requires a specific set of skills.

Following are the technical skills, which will help a programmer/developer to excel in app development.

  1. Mobile User Interface Design – The most important aspect of mobile app development is to build an excellent user interface (UI). Some primary elements of UI design are: fast loading and operation of the application, making use of colors, positioning of components.
  2. Backend computing – It includes security, interaction with hardware, database management etc.
  3. Programming – Expertise in programming languages such as C, C++, Java, familiarity with interfaces between mobile platforms (Apple iOS, android, Windows) and application programming, skills in web development languages such as HTML 5 and CSS
  4. Cross platform development – It’s not enough to be skilled in developing apps for one platform – you have to be versatile and able to create any sort of app for any sort of device.
  5. Business expertise – Business expertise is a must to stand in the competition. A lot of people may not realize this but business skills also play a critical role in this field.  An example of such a skill could be that a mobile application developer should know how to build an application for optimizing it’s visibility in the list of the available applications of the same category.
  6. Other non-technical skills – Collaboration and communication with the other team members to share your work, to get feedback and for having discussions.

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Top Tips When Searching for a Job

IT Job Search Tips: What Successful Job Seekers Do Differently?

After polishing the resume and carefully drafting the cover letter, candidates apply for the desired jobs and wait for a favorable reply. But, when they get that discouraging reply from an organization, they start to wonder what went wrong.

As a job seeker, you need to realize that mere clicking on the “Apply” button passively is not going to work. You need to practice certain methods throughout your job search. If you are actively looking for an IT job, check out the tips below shared by successful job seekers.

  • Learn new technical skills – Learn new skills, which are current and are in demand so that IT recruitment agencies or IT employment websites can find you when they look for candidates of your background.
  • Follow companies that interest you – Be well aware with the latest news as well as IT opportunities within those companies. Try to connect with people who are already working there.
  • Keep adding new connections – Grow your network to be more visible. Expose yourself to new opportunities.
  • Use social media effectively – Join groups such as LinkedIn and look out for IT job openings in your industry posted by other group members.
  • Read relevant information – Take out some time each day to read news, interviews in IT industry. Stay informed about emerging technologies and latest trends in IT.
  • Be consistent with your job search activity – Successful candidates set milestones for themselves. Every day they dedicate some time to visiting job search sites, sending applications, calling friends and family for introduction, talking to recruiters, etc. If you are seriously looking for a job, you cannot send applications only when you feel like.
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