Image from Amazon Title: <Women in Tech>: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories
Author(s): Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack (et al)
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Category: Job Discussion
Amazon wrote:Geared toward women who are considering getting into tech, or those already in a tech job who want to take their career to the next level, this book combines practical career advice and inspiring personal stories from successful female tech professionals Brianna Wu (founder, Giant Spacekat), Angie Chang (founder, Women 2.0), Keren Elazari (TED speaker and cybersecurity expert), Katie Cunningham (Python educator and developer), Miah Johnson (senior systems administrator), Kristin Toth Smith (tech executive and inventor), and Kamilah Taylor (mobile and social developer).
Written by a female startup CEO and featuring a host of other successful contributors, this book will help dismantle the unconscious social bias against women in the tech industry. Readers will learn:
The secrets of salary negotiation
The best format for tech resumes
How to ace a tech interview
The perks of both contracting (W-9) and salaried full-time work
I bought this book on KickStarter and it took me almost a year to actually start reading it. Once I started, I was done in a few days. It contains a mix of autobiographical stories and advice. I like the the stories come from 8 different women who have very different backgrounds. One is transgender so was able to remark on before/after experiences.
Tarah recommends Toastmasters for those who are shy. I'm in Toastmasters and definitely agree it helps you communicate better. I learned that hugs are starting to become a thing in business on the west coast. I learned what a geode is (a rock/fossil.) Some of the advice is gender specific; much is not. There's even an appendix with men as a target audience.
I like the comment that being introverted is not a problem but rather a description of what drains/recharges energy. I like the comment about multiplying by pi for the estimated time you think you need for maternity leave. I like the comment about there not being a ministry of magic telling you that you passed your NEWTS (on when to put something on your resume/twitter.) I liked the comment that its better to be reliable at 75% capacity than scattered at 100% capacity.