Friday, January 3, 2020

We Got Technical with WeWorks Women Leaders

We Got Technical with WeWorks Women Leaders PowerToFly was proud to partner with WeWork to host a special night of networking and discussions, highlighting their women tech leaders, on August 1st in San Francisco. As someone who formerly had an office at a WeWork in New York, its been enlightening over the last few months of ur collaboration to learn not just mora about the extensive community that WeWork has built but also how they are using technology to revolutionize the way we approach productivity and the workplace as a whole. This event was a fantastic opportunity for the women leaders behind some of WeWorks tech products to dive deeper into both their current projects and career journeys before an audience of skilled tech professionals. Hosted by PowerToFlys Jamie Lipiner, the night kicked off with a welcome address and product demo by Veena Basavaraj, Senior Manager Engineering and Tiffany Jung, Senior Product Manager, providing both an overview of WeWork and a deeper dive in to their innovative product. The centerpiece of the evening was then an honest and organic panel discussion featuring several of WeWorks women leaders including Thushara Paul, Senior Manager Engineering Ramya Amancharla, Director of Product Sri Modukuru, Senior Manager Engineering Jiaona Zhang, Director of Product and Mimi Hui, Senior Director, Product. Following a few discussion topics from Jamie, we opened the floor to questions from the audience. The evening concluded with ample time for our attendees to network with both the WeWork team, including hiring mangers, as well as with their peers over food and drinks. The foundation of WeWork is community and their global team is able to connect through monthly all-hands meetings featuring coworkers from around the world. WeWorks inclusive employee community groups include Women of We, We of Color and Pride of We.WeWork is hiring Visit their page on PowerToFly to learn mora about their open roles. One of the biggest challenges in almost all industries today is achieving gender parity. Gender diversity provides huge benefits in the workplace. pWhile some industries have made significant advancements in gender diversity, some industries lag further behind... and the construction industry is well-known for being in the latter category. If someone says, construction workers, youll likely picture a group of men in yellow hard hats analyzing an architects plans or laying bricks on top of a scaffold. And men at work signs only help to reinforce this image.pThis stereotype is rooted in reality. When was the last time you actually spotted a woman on a construction site? Or hired a female plumber or carpenter? Your answer is most likely never. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statisticsreports that only 3.4% of the total of 8.3 million construction employees are women.pBut the construction industry has a lot more to offer than steel-toed boots and hard hats, and it needs women to help advance the industry in this era of rapid change. Here are 5 reasons why women joining the workforce or looking to make a pivot should consider a career in construction.h21. Fuel Innovation/h2pNot only is diversity the socially and morally right thing to do, but it is also actually an excellent business strategy. pResearch presented in the Harvard Business Reviewshows that diverse teams develop more innovative ideas. This is further supported by a study conducted by Gallupon the performance of gender-diverse teams versus single-gender teams, which found that the difference in backgrounds and perspectives led to better business performance and problem-solving. h22. Capitalize on Demand/h2pThe construction industry is currently experiencing a labor shortage. The industry itself is booming and projected to be one of the fastest-growing industries, with total spending projected to exceed $1.45 trillion in 2023/a. However, most construction companies are unable to meet the rising demand. pAccording to the Associated General Contractors of America/a, more than 80% of contractors are experiencing difficulties filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce.pAnd demand isnt limited to individual contributor roles. Given the industry boom, there are a number of open stable and high-paying roles (any project managers out there?) waiting for the right candidateh23. Leadership Opportunities/h2pAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics/a, women compose only 7.7% of the total 1 million managerial positions in given the highly collaborative nature of construction work, more women in leadership roles would help drive innovation and enhance productivity.Furthermore, as a woman in construction in a leadership position, youd have the unique opportunity to drive change for the industry and make it a more attractive option for other women .h24. High-Income Potential/h2pSalaries for many skilled positions in construction are on the rise, making a construction career a prime choice for women looking for a high-paying job,pThe 2018 Construction Craft Salary Surveyconducted by the National Center for Construction Education and Research revealed that salaries for many skilled craft areas are increasing. Project managers and project supervisors topped the list at $92,523 and $88,355, respectively. The next set of highest-paying jobs include those of combo welders ($71,067), instrumentation technicians ($70,080), pipe welders ($69,222), power line workers ($68,262) and industrial electricians ($67,269). Of the 32 categories of workers in the survey, 19 positions earned an average salary of $60,000 or higher.h25. Sense of accomplishment/h2p The construction industry can give employees a unique sense of achievement. Yes, the job is stressful and the work can be demanding, but nothing beats the feeling of being able to build s omething from the ground up. pHow many professionals in other industries can point at a school, a hospital, or a skyscraper and say I helped build that?pThe construction industry has a long way to go in combating gender bias and supporting women in the workforce, but given the current demand for workers, theres no better time to pick up a sledgehammer (figurative or literal) and smash the gender stereotypes plaguing the construction industry.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

6 Things You Should Never Say at Work

6 Things You Should Never Say at Work6 Things You Should Never Say at Work6 Things You Should Never Say at WorkHere are six statements to avoid saying at work if you like your job and want to keep it1.Im bored.What you mean They dont give me enough work to keep me busy.What they hear when you say it Im elendlage motivated enough to find something worthwhile to doORTheres plenty to do but I dont have my priorities straight.Why its a problem Intentionally or not, youre openly admitting that you dont know how to manage your time, and people will wonder why theyre so busy while youre bored and twiddling your thumbs.2.This place isnt as fun as it used to be.What you mean Things have changed so much that the original appeal that led me to work here is missing.What they hear when you say it I dont like working here anymore.Why its a problem You come across sounding like Whiny McWhinerson-Buzzkill. You can bet that plenty of people still enjoy working in the place you now despise. Even the o nes who might agree are probably trying to make the best of it. Either way, a complaint like this quickly breeds negativity for all who have to hear it.3.These managers dont know what theyre doing.What you mean I think things could be managed better around here. What they hear when you say it I dont approve of the way management handles the work load/policies/meetings and will not produce my best work as long as they continue working this way.Why its a problem Youre pretty much begging to get fired, which might not be a problem if thats exactly what you want to happen4.Its stupid that they dont let us use social networks.What you mean Its stupid that they dont let us use social networks. (No misinterpreting this one)What they hear when you say it Facebooking, tweeting, or instant messaging is more important to me than working.Why its a problem Youre not getting paid to be a social butterfly. If your company doesnt allow access to social networking sites, its probably because employe es have abused the privilege. Its not unreasonable to expect you to focus on company goals and not on your constant updates of followers.5.How come s/he has an office and the rest of us are stuck in a cube farm?What you mean That person doesnt seem qualified or important enough to deserve an office.What they hear when you say it I think Im more important than that person and I hate being mixed in with the rest of these bottom feeders.Why its a problem Whine whine whine, complain complain complain. Youre where you are because they think you should be there. If they thought you needed an office, you would have one. If you want an office, ask what you can do to earn a promotion to a position that comes with one.6.I better take it easyI dont want them to expect this level of productivity from meallthetime.What you mean Hahaha Its a joke Seriously, I had a productive week and Im proud of what I accomplished.What they hear when you say it Im not putting in the effort I should be. You shou ld only expect 100% productivity from me every once in a while.Why its a problem The fact that you made this statement, even if you were joking, makes your employer question their decision to hire you. Youre basically telling them youre not interested in working hard and they shouldnt expect much from you. Seriously bad message to sendWe may all have these thoughts at times, but some things are better left in your head and out of the lines of conversation. If you still insist on complaining to your coworkers or manager in this fashion, I guarantee 1) Youll be labeled the Office Whiner, and 2) your coworkers will begin to resent you and avoid working with you whenever possible. Itll only be a matter of time before someone sets you straightjust hope its not in the gestalt of getting canned

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What To Do When Someone Takes Credit for Your Work -The Muse

What To Do When Someone Takes Credit for Your Work -The MuseWhat To Do When Someone Takes Credit for Your Work Managers love to extol the virtues of a gruppe mentality. I cant count how many schlocky motivational posters Ive seen emblazoned on middle management walls (or fabric-covered cubicle dividers, as the case may be) over the years, all claiming that gruppework is pretty much the solution to everything.And sure, Im all about striving for the greater good of the group- but at the end of the day, team performance is rarely a factor during those year-end reviews with your boss. Which is exactly why we all work so hard to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the pack. Lets be honest- its those special projects, great presentations, well-written articles, and everything in between that make us valuable members of the team (leid to mention help us get to the next level).Of course, this assumes youre actually getting the credit for your efforts- which, sadly, you can never assume. W hether intentional or an honest mistake, colleagues and bosses routinely take credit where it is most certainly not due, and your contributions can go unnoticed by those who matter.To really succeed at the office, you not only need to do the work, you need to make sure your name is included in the credits. Heres how.Go PublicIn my first role as a manager, I welches cautious about sharing my ideas with the group- not because I didnt have them, but because I wanted to make sure they were good before speaking up. So, naturally, I turned to mora senior members of my team or my boss and bounced ideas off of them, first.Soon after, these same mentors and bosses shared these ideas in team meetings. Initially, I was thrilled- my ideas must be solid But that elation lasted for only a few moments before I quickly realized that my proposal wasnt being shared- it was being hijacked. Whats more, even if I had spoken up, no one would ever believe the idea was mine after a more senior member of th e team had mentioned it first.Instead of being overcome with disappointment and frustration (although trust me, I was filled with both), I turned the experience into a hard-learned lesson. The next time I had a great idea brewing, I thought through it, planned it out as if I already had buy-in from the group, and piped up to present it at the next team meeting.Since I first shared it in a public forum, everyone was aware that the idea was mine. And, because I had put extra effort into plotting out how to implement it, my boss and colleagues were more than happy to give me credit when we eventually presented it to a larger group.Though it might be intimidating, announcing your plans to a wider audience naturally helps prevent others from being tempted to borrow or be inspired by your ideas.Keep a Few Tricks Up Your SleeveSometimes, sharing your genius plans in a public forum isnt always possible, so youll have to find other ways to brand your ideas as your own.For example, when I was working on a very small team that rarely had meetings, it was nearly impossible for me to get my ideas in front of decision-makers until well after I had worked through them with my boss. On more than a few occasions, after spending weeks managing a project myself and crafting a winning presentation, I was rewarded with the opportunity to watch my boss lead the meeting where it was presented, never once mentioning who had done all the work.Finally, I decided to change my game. For every project going forward, I proceeded just as I had before, but I also did a bit of extra research. When the presentation rolled around, I had anecdotes and additional data that wasnt included in my boss speech- and I offered them up during the meeting. By being over-prepared and anticipating additional questions, I came across as an expert on the topic, without making my boss look bad.Whats more- after I started doing this, we ended up presenting more as a team. Although it was never explicitly noted that I was behind the ideas, more and more credit began to shared equally between us.Know When to Let it GoWhile there are certainly times when I felt justified in speaking up for myself, perhaps the hardest lesson I had to learn was knowing when to just let it go. Heres the thing about getting credit Youre not going to get it for everything you do. Thats just part of the job, and its part of being on a team.I was reminded of this when I became a manager, and I had a few staff members who expected to be given credit for every positive outcome even remotely related to work they had done. I tried my best to recognize my team whenever warranted, but I found these continual reminders frustrating, almost always taking the shine off any positive feedback I had for them already.While there are ways you can position yourself to help assure youll earn that recognition from others, if you expect credit for everything you do, youll no doubt find yourself disappointed. Save your credit-earning strength for important projects and youll help establish yourself as not only an outstanding individual contributor, but a strong team player as well.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

These are all the ways you can be a terrible leader

These are all the ways you can be a terrible leaderThese are all the ways you can be a terrible leaderBelow is a notlagee I recently received from an executive coaching client that, although makes me sad, carries great wisdom. This high performing executive leader was leaving an organization she loved and had relocated for with mixed feelings. As is often the case, she was leaving because of her boss.- - - Good morningMaryLee,I have one mora week reporting to this woman that has made the last 14 months of my life incredibly difficult. The exit process has been even more difficult.In 20 years in the workplace I have never experienced anything like this from someone at this womans level.Every leader has opportunity, but I do not believe there are many who behave as badly as what I have witnessed over the past year.I am also amazed how her leaders look away, an ostrich to this womans behavior. I am not personalizing this (thank youMaryLee), I understand it is simply inconvenient to di srupt the status quo or face the difficult conversations or the admit that perhaps it was a mistake to promote her to her current role. zu sich leaders are not stupid or unaware, despite the harm to our organization.So, I am writing this to you, because I will not talk with my team, or my peers about this (that would make me a terrible leader).As catharsis, the things I wish I could say but will not.You are a terrible leader.elend when you hold people accountable.Not when you are a tough critic.Not when you have high standards.Not when you want results.Not when you want to control costs.And not when you want to make changes in organizational structure.You are a terrible leader when you dont realize the impact of your behavior and your words.You are a terrible leader when you are primarily concerned with how you appear to your leaders.You are a terrible leader when you dont listen.You are a terrible leader when you believe you have all the answers.You are a terrible leader when you f avor your friends and those you perceive as loyal to you.You are a terrible leader when you formulate opinions about employees based upon gossip.You are a terrible leader when you search for situations to support your subjective opinions.You are a terrible leader when you do not seek feedback from your team.You are a terrible leader when you are dishonest.You are a terrible leader when you make snarky comments about those you dislike.You are a terrible leader when you dont communicate clearly.You are a terrible leader when you cause entire teams to be fearful of making any mistake.You are a terrible leader when you lack the ability to trust.You are a terrible leader when you waste others time scrambling for meaningless last-minute requests.You are a terrible leader when you have no respect for your subordinates time, calendar, or other obligations when you need something.You are a terrible leader when you trivialize and dismiss employee engagement, they are never happy, they just wa nt to complain.You are a terrible leader when you are inequitable with opportunity, resources and support.You are a terrible leader when you withhold opportunity, resources and support as consequences for displeasing you.You are a terrible leader when you make decisions about employees based upon what HR can prove.You are a terrible leader when you scramble to cover organizational mistakes, rather than accepting and correcting.You are a terrible leader. But you already know that.- - - Im happy she is going to a role shes excited about. Her culture tolerated a bad leader. Her peers did not demand more from this leader. They all felt they could not be heard because theyd be perceived as bad leaders themselves. This is cultural dysfunction. It costs people fulfillment which theyll only put up with for so long. And it costs organizations millions in recruitment and on-boarding.Do you run a safe work environment void of blame and open to candor? Do you seek and act on 360 feedback? Or do you look the other way because a leader can get it done at any cost. If its the latter youre foolish. Think of what youd gain in productivity if you had both a servant and results oriented leader. And if you think you cant have both youre choosing to make excuses that are apathetic and in denial. Dont be a terrible leader who tolerates terrible leadership.Revisit the company values. Develop departmental values. And recruit for talent that includes the values. Its time that will payoff far more than the time investment up front. Dont lose top talent because youre lazy or you fear confrontation. Your culture and company depend on it.Corporate politics are difficult to maneuver.Here is a free tool to help you navigate your career along the way 31 Success Practices for Leaders in the High Stakes Corporate World.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

How do I give the best answer to an interview question I dont know

How do I give the best answer to an interview question I dont knowHow do I give the best answer to an interview question I dont knowBe honest and tell them how you would find out the answer.So an interviewer asks you a question and you have no idea what the answer is, but theyre asking you for a reason so you should talk with them to figure out what the reason is.So you should do a few things1) Clarify that you understand what theyre asking2) Talk through your options and3) Give a potential solution and4) Bring the conversation back to your strengths.So it might look like thisInterviewerHow do you tie up a cat with string?Youin your mind I have no idea?YouClarifying Im not sure because Ive never had to do that in my last job, I assume that the need to tie up a cat with string comes up often at your organization?InterviewerNot every day, but on a weekly basis-one of the programmers cats impregnated one of the engineers cats. And we cant just no longer allow people to bring their cats to workYou Chuckling along with them to show that you understand their problem, even if you dont.Interviewer But there are a lot of kittens around and they have ruined a lot of our prototypes by chewing on them. I guess thats what we get for trying to make a cell phone powered by catnipYou Clarifying So let me understand, you have a problem-which doesnt occur on a daily basis that involves a lot of cats-some of which are still quite young kittens?Interviewer No, theyve aged, so theyre all adults-and theyve all been fixed after Janice from accounting got involved.You Clarifying Why do they need to be tied in string? Have you tried other methods of keeping them away from the prototypes? What other information can you tell me about this problem?Interviewer String seems like the best solution to us. We tried putting them all in a closet, and they ate through our CTOs messenger bag, so thats out. Plus it took too long to get them all into one room.You Talking Through Options I think I ha ve enough information about the problem, but Im afraid that because Ive never attempted to tie up any animal, let alone a cat, I am unable to give you the answer you need.What I would do if I were faced with this at your organization is to first, do some research-maybe call a veterinarian or someone who works at animal rescue for their expertise. Then I would use whatever strategy they feel is best. Have you done a web search for this problem?Interviewer Oh yeah, weve got a Pinterest board full of pictures of cats with string, but they all seem stylized, like theyre just adorable pictures? It hasnt led to any solution.You Bringing it Back to Yourself I do have a PhD in CS, have manged my own Mime rental business and I have over 10 years of experience in Email Marketing. But I havent faced this exact problem. From what weve spoken about do you think that if I were given time and followed the steps I outlined, I would be able to solve this problem? I really am interested in this job a nd I dont want this one omission to be held against me. I would love to do some research and email you after this interview because I really am interested in this problem.Obviously this example is fictional, but it gives you an idea of how to make sure that youre showing that youre invested and that you would work forward on a problem. Some interviewers like to ask questions to put people on the spot-how you react can make all of the difference.This column first appeared at Quora.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Resumes - What Is It? Resumes - What Is It? Most Noticeable Resumes Read your revamped resume with an important eye to make certain it reflects you. This procedure usually requires some time for the majority of people, from a few weeks to even a couple of months. Youre likely to get phone interviews so attempt to practice at the location you will be at and the way youll be setup throughout that interview. Youre interviewing them as well to see whether that business or team is a superior fit. Your objective is to quantifiably prove that youre able to. If needs to inform your travels, what it is that you are looking for and what you need to offer with regard to competencies, values and impact in a crystal clear and concise way. Lets imagine we are in the fitness market. Ok, I Think I Understand Resumes, Now Tell Me About Resumes If youre thinking well, recruiters should just try more difficult to review every resume no matter the format, then you might be right, but thats not really the reality. For instance, you have interviews to become into this process for engineers but for designers, this is only one of the beginning stages. There are scores of them. For fruchtwein European countries its just one type of applicable papers. In general, make certain youre spelling things correctly. You need to be able to speak comfortably about each word on your resume. Your resume, as stated, isnt an all-out explanation of each step youve taken. Sometimes dont even set the complete title. Companies hire you for the results that you can deliver through the responsibilities youre given. Firms dont want to employ individuals that openly display sensitive info. The companies you would like to target typically have a couple things in common. Youre able to search by job title to acquire an awareness of what other men and women in your field include in their resumes. Dont forget, experience doesnt need to be official jobs. The majority of the people with the most fascinating jobs in the area often took a significant pay cut to acquire experience. Also, examine some of the public Indeed resumes. The result ought to be a well-rounded overview of your qualifications that make you distinguish yourself from the remainder of applicants. An excellent name brand functions as a signal, yet there are many other signals that are important too. In most instances, if you may make a case for why a patent is pertinent to your application, then dont hesitate to include it in your resume. Even in the event that you allude to confidential info, it might be dangerous. Below, you will discover a list of resume examples that may aid you with your work search. The entire page doesnt need to get crammed full. Its highly vital for a successful job search to comprehend which to use. Looking for resumes is totally free and unrestricted and doesnt require an account. CV is likewise a crucial part of application for a variety o f grants, scholarships, internships and fellowships. Additionally, a CV will arrive in handy if you would like to go international. Although its important to understand what the organization youre applying to is seeking, its also important to learn your own strengths so you can adapt them to suit the organization. At times the work required is really necessary and theres nobody there to do it, at times it is a test from management to see whether you fit in the organization on the very long term. Dont list each technology you used on each job. You need to have a procedure and system in place that will make it possible for you to record and track your findings. Thus, learn what the mindset of the organization is and tailor the direction you present your achievements to what the provider is seeking. Whichever is true, theres a crystal clear objective here. For each issue, theres a tough way and a sensible approach to solve, and we chose to go with the later. Try to remember, a lot of people will appear at your resume, not just your upcoming boss. Thus, the probabilities of hiring the incorrect part escalate. Being very explicit with what youve accomplished is the perfect way to communicate on your resume. Rather than asking the person who you could just ask their bot. Keep in mind, an employer would like to understand what types of problems you may solve.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Deadly Mistake Uncovered on Writing Formal Email to Send Resume and How to Avoid It

A Deadly Mistake Untitelseiteed on Writing Formal Email to Send Resume and How to Avoid It The very first step is usefully to determine your qualifications. I anticipate meeting with you once youve had an opportunity to examine my qualifications. Lastly, write the duration of all the months and years of experience youve got for each one of the skills you have listed. These sample resume templates enable you to just enter in the information and stay informed about the format and konzept and fashion. The web templates are made in a way they make the resume stand out. You should use those web sites to download the specified layouts to get a better work. You have to use those internet sites to obtain the crucial themes to have a larger function. Moreover, it supplies you with a design of the resume which can be utilised to create your very own personal. Producing your resume is vital. Begin with the businesss website to get the name of the hiring manager. The Characteristic s of Writing Formal Email to Send Resume Employing a short, direct, concise, yet intriguing e-mail will permit the hiring manager to rapidly see that you might be the proper candidate the business is seeking. Yet aelendher tip, always remember to produce your whole job application relevant and specific to the job which youre attempting to land. When it isnt formatted correctly, you might be passing up the work prospect. There needs to be something in the center. Speak to us today to acquire startedspaces are limited After that, move to LinkedIn to see whether youre able to locate their email address. Even in case you craft the ideal email to send a resume, its still true that you require a killer cover letter. Your resume email needs to be short and sweet. The Demise of Writing Formal Email to Send Resume After youve written your extraordinary cover letter providing more info on your expertise and the way it is related to the job which youre applying for, its critical to f ormat it correctly before sending it to any recruiters. Without a signature at the conclusion of your email cover letter, you might be passing up incredible possible job opportunities. Writing a perfect resume email is merely a fraction of all of the situations you must keep in mind before you click send. There are several places online where you could get free of charge. What You Dont Know About Writing Formal Email to Send Resume There are many collection of layouts on the internet. A good deal of internet sites offer help for drafting your resume appropriately for the little payment. Then you may wind up not including some critical places and which include other people that are not that essential. A fundamental Internet search could result in an enormous amount of information about ways to compose a resume, the way you can design and style a resume, how to win over employers. Life, Death, and Writing Formal Email to Send Resume Its possible to still attach your cover l etter in a different file, just make certain it matches the content of your cover email. In case the listing asks you to send your resume in a given format, or asks you to save your resume beneath a particular name, be certain to achieve that. When its by email, you might be advised concerning what format you need to use for your resume, what things to include in the topic line of the email message, and by once the employer should receive it. There are various group of templates online. Whats more, it provides you a model of the resume that youre able to use to help to make your personal. The third sort is the combinational sort of resume which as the name implies, borrows features from both of the other kinds. For management, it can be useful to acquire an expert design and fashion mainly because it is going to offer an outstanding impact to any of your long-term businesses.