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"Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it."

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it took me years to understand this joke

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Musings After 9/11

Today, a colleague was telling me about how he’d be going over the lyrical significance of Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” a moving country piece reflecting on the American experience of the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Although country music is not my genre of…

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yo can I drop some advice all you kids trying to get entry level jobs need to learn? I learned it the hard way and now I shall impart that to you.

when you see this shit, that goes “you need like 10 years experience and all this other qualifications nobody with all that would ever apply for a job like this with”, that means one thing: they are weeding out people who don’t believe they can achieve that level. They go “sigh, I can’t even compete, fuck it.” and don’t apply, saving the company the trouble.

What you, as a fresh new student, need to do- is apply anyway with a Luffy-like optimism that you will get that fucking job!! You don’t have a million years experience BUT YOU’LL TRY AND NEVER GIVE UP ETC. You write an opener letter with that in it, submit your shit, and get that goddamn job because they just found somebody who’s willing to give it a try anyway, who has the confidence and the ability to play with the big boys and they will train you to become a master because fresh meat is vital to the industry. 


i really wish i’d read this three months ago

to those who are still looking for their first job: it wouldn’t hurt to try. the worst thing that can happen is that you get a “no”

So, really interesting statistic that just came up in hiring diversity training at work: women will typically only apply to a position if they feel they meet 100% of the requirements.  Men will typically apply if they feel they meet just 60%.

And guess what?  They still get hired, because a lot of job descriptions are total garbage.  These aren’t crafted masterpieces handed down from the divine goddess of Human Resources.  These are things that were thrown together at the last minute 3 years ago by some manager with too many more important things to do, and they’ve been used untouched ever since.

Think about this, and think about those numbers, ladies.  Think long and hard about this statistic next time you are looking at a job description and telling yourself that you can’t cut it.  You probably can, and applying is free.

(P.S.: I’m happy to give resume advice to people - especially new college grads in the tech industry.  That’s the field I know and do interviews in; I’m not sure if my advice would be as applicable elsewhere.)

I definitely advise everyone that if you like the job, apply for it. I have literally never applied for a job where I had 100% of the qualifications. During this last round of jobsearching, I applied to 44 jobs, got 11 interviews, and got two job offers. Totally didn’t meet listed requirements for either. 

There is an effort expended in applying for any given job (here’s how to reduce that effort to minimum, also how to write a killer cover letter) but if you are capable of applying to a job, apply for it regardless of your experience level. The literal worst that will happen is that you won’t get an interview.

And if you do get an interview, I advocate light lying

Much as with the Hunger Games (not coincidental) getting a job is a cutthroat proposition, but those competing with you for the job are not the enemy — those interviewing you for the job are. You owe them nothing, and especially not the truth. 

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7 ways we can fix gender inequality other than with confidence

The most recent encouragement to just “fake it til you make it” comes from Katty Kay and Claire Shipman who published a feature on the “confidence gap” in the Atlantic. In the undoubtedly well-meaning piece, Kay and Shipman share troubling research outlining an equally gloomy picture: Women undervalue their accomplishments, and it’s holding them back in the workplace.

Although it’s true that some women suffer from more self-defeating thoughts and lower self-esteem, gender inequality can’t be reduced to mental health issues. Women’s lack of opportunities in the workplace are due to much deeper issues, and it’s time we admit that. Instead of telling women to change their personalities, maybe it’s time we take a look at the entire system.

Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of ways we can help women that don’t include telling them just to hold their head up high. 

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