Several reports around the world emphasise the extent of women’s contribution to the workforce and how they are of economic importance. On the other hand, women in IT face multiple challenges, be it looking for better opportunities, gender bias, career break, and these need to be addressed.
Having one on one conversation with the candidates to understand both their success and challenges is definitely a unique way to bridge the gap between Recruiters and Candidates. Our recent #candidateconnect event was tailored for “Women in IT” and there challenges. We thank everyone who participated in our event and appreciative of the support we have received. We acknowledge your career aspirations. We are confident that your experience, skills, and commitments will yield success. Let us stay connected!
Here are some of the stories shared by our recruiters who got an opportunity to speak to some of the passionate women in IT. Everyone had different stories related to job search and struggle to get into their dream job.
“My First Event!” Pravallika – This was my first time. I hope I did my best. I spoke with several candidates to understand their challenges. It was certainly a great experience. I spoke to a lady who had recently migrated to Australia. She is a good Salesforce Technical resource. She asked several questions related to job search and needed help on putting up the right profile. I shared my suggestions on how to build her professional profile and share it via relevant professional networks. I also suggested how she could benefit from online courses, professional groups, and certifications during this COVID for better opportunities.
“Personal Connection” Shilpa – One of the candidates shared her journey which really touched my heart. She came to Australia in September 2019 with a background of IT experience in testing and multiple skills across Software Development and Quality Assurance. She started exploring new roles in IT as she landed but she was struggling to find a suitable job here. She was doing everything needed to get into the job like reaching out to recruiters, applying for new roles as the primary applicant, more proactive on the social media platforms, joining meetup groups. Even she enrolled herself in new courses to upgrade her skills, but considering she moved with her family, it became difficult for her to manage family expenses. So, she decided that she will start with any job that would come her way – part-time, volunteer, or casual, which itself was a huge compromise for her.
COVID- 19 pandemics has further worsened the situation as she is finding it more difficult to even get into an interview. She has been the part of our last 3 candidate connect sessions, she enrolls every time to get fresh advice from recruiters and implement them in her search.
“Back in the Game” Isha – Like always it was an amazing experience in which I connected with some great talented women. Some of them were on student Visa and were looking for part-time roles and others had different experience levels. I would like to highlight the story of one such candidate who is actively looking for a job opportunity. The candidate is a permanent resident based in Sydney. She moved to Australia 3 years ago with prior 13 years of experience as a System/Business Analyst. She took maternity break for a few months and when she started looking for an opportunity, she struggled for a year to secure a suitable role. Meanwhile, she picked up a short term contract in another domain which was a maternity cover contract for somebody else. Now when the contract is over, she is back in the market and struggling to find a role that suits her skills and interests. I tried my best to guide her and provided motivation. I suggested her to update her LinkedIn profile with relevant experience and mention that she is open to opportunities, reach out to recruiters for a chat, update her skills during lockdown via Pluralsight, Udemy, etc., attend meetups as a lot of meetups are online, join webinars as they provide good info. If possible try going for some professional course. Also, advised her to keep Seek, Indeed and LinkedIn profile in sync as recruiters/companies visit all profiles. At the end of the call, she thanked me and Zone IT for driving this event and helping her out to find her dream job which boosted my energy to help more such candidates.
“Australian Market is Different” Ruchika – Thanks to all the candidates who participated in the candidate connect. It was a wonderful experience to get into their shoes and understand their problems.
It was a touching experience in helping them out by updating them with various techniques they should adopt to be much more visible in the Australian market and how they can improve their chances of getting their resumes shortlisted at the client’s end. I would love to stay in touch and be happy to help in the future in possible ways.
“A Woman’s Journey” Ananya – This was one of the most awaited session. I spoke to someone who was struggling for a suitable job after a 2 years’ break due to her movement across countries along with her family. She was very glad when I reached out to her when she really needed it. Settling in Australia took time and she could not get a suitable opportunity, being an experienced Business Analyst. She was unable to pursue her job search actively due to the confusion and realization that the job market and expectations have changed since her last job.
Getting back is not easy. Women go through a series of self-doubts as they contemplate returning to work. “Will I get an interview call?”, “will my profile get due attention?”, “will I be able to balance my work and other household responsibilities”, “will I be treated with the same respect after my break?” are some of the common ones.
These are the stories of women who are resilient, determined, confident, strong-willed, and want to come back to the Job Market. As a recruitment consultant, this is our role to facilitate and highlight the skills of such candidates which makes them a good fit for an employer. Of course, there are multiple issues faced by a woman in IT that cannot be ignored. But we as a community have to come together to make a better place for women who can pave way for future generations.