his article originally appeared on InHerSight.com, a website where women rate the female friendliness of their employers and get matched to companies that fit their needs.
Almost 47 percent of U.S. workers are women, and that number is steadily increasing. We know there’s still a long road ahead of us in terms of gender equality at work, but continuing to increase the participation of women in the workforce and expanding diversity is a good place to start. Starting your job search can be a daunting and overwhelming task to undertake. Luckily, there’s a host of new resources that are especially good at helping women find jobs that are right for them.
1. Apres Group
Apres Group’s mission is to help ease the transition for women reentering the workforce. In addition to posting jobs, the site also provides career coaches to help you tailor your resume and practice interviewing skills, and connects you with other women seeking to reenter the workforce. Co-founder Jennifer Gefsky believes that gender equality is achievable and has committed the site to promoting gender diversity in the workplace.
Werk co-founders Anna Auerbach and Annie Dean believe the eight-hour workday is a concept of the past — and research shows that it could be damaging to our productivity. They both feel that the workplace wasn’t conducive to their success as women, and want to help make work better for everyone. Understanding that working habits aren’t “one-size-fits-all,” their site helps match women with jobs that have flexibility in the description. The platform also delivers flexibility insights and data to companies in order to help them deliver more for their employees.
3. Tech Ladies
Despite advances in the workplace, women are still severely underrepresented in the tech industry. Founder Allison Esposito knows that nearly 74 percent of young girls are interested in STEM fields and computer science, and wants to help them find the right job, rather than just any job. Tech Ladies seeks to close the gender gap in tech fields by connecting women with tech companies yearning to diversify their workforce.
4. Career Contessa
Career Contessa understands that career development and the job search is deeply personal and individualized. The site takes a holistic approach to helping women succeed by offering not only a job board, but also a range of resources from expert advice and interviews to personalized mentoring and online skills-based courses. Founder Lauren McGoodwin recognizes the importance of supporting women’s professional development and has dedicated her career to empowering women in every stage.
5. Pro Mama
The mission of Pro Mama is to connect mothers to job opportunities that appeal to whatever stage of life they’re in. Founders Jessica Gaffney and Ariele Rosch started the site in hopes of making all mothers feel empowered and fulfilled professionally. The site sends women Pro Mama-approved jobs, meaning it’s either part-time, remote, or project-based.
Similarly to Hire Tech Ladies, PowerToFly encourages gender diversity within technical fields. Research shows that more diverse companies outperform less diverse ones — and founders Milena Berry and Katharine Zaleski knew they needed to relay this information to Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing start-ups. Their goal is to aid in the connection between women and companies that care about gender diversity and inclusion. The site’s optimized search tools and targeted job promotions make it easier to reach untapped talent pools of female engineers.
And, of course, here at InHerSight we want to promote gender-diverse workplaces by helping women find female-friendly companies. Our ratings system that sheds light on company policies that women care most about helps them glean insight into prospective companies and get matched with companies that align with their interests. Share your insights to help more women find the companies where they can succeed, or get matched to your ideal workplace today!
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