More women are putting their careers first than ever before, but the workforce is trickier to manoeuvre than ever before. Happily, the web is jam-packed with resources and guidance, making things just a little bit easier. To get you started, keep reading as we count down our list of the best career websites for women. Whether you’re looking for your first job or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s something for you.
Back in 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave a TED talk on the ways women are held back in the workplace. In 2013, she expanded on the topic with Lean In, a New York Times bestseller. The response was immediate. The Lean In message became a movement, with the Lean In website acting as headquarters. Here, you’ll discover a plethora of opportunities to support women in the workplace. Firstly, there is Lean In Stories, a section where women share their “lean in” moments. Secondly, there is a vast library of free online lectures on topics such as mentorship and teamwork. Last, but by no means least, there are Lean In Circles, which allow you to join and participate in supportive offline meetups all around the world.
Back in 2011, Kathryn Minshew was discouraged by the lack of career resources for go-getting professional women. Did she sit back? No. As her Twitter bio says, she gets things done. Minshew launched the online career community The Muse (then known as The Daily Muse) alongside Alex Cavoulacos and Melissa McCreery. (McCreery has since left the company.) The Muse has three primary offerings, beginning with a job search tool that allows you to sort through more than 10,000 jobs. If you find something you like, you can use The Muse’s company search tool to take a deeper look at the business. Think: offices, employees, and office life. If you’re still not sure where you’re heading, The Muse has coaches and courses to inspire your next move.
Ms. Career Girl
Linda Allen launched Ms. Career Girl back in 2008, the same year the global financial crisis hit. For many back then, a job, let alone a career, wasn’t a given. But Ms. Career Girl’s friendly and accessible voice has paved the way for thousands of women in the workforce. The site has a huge team of writers who give solid advice on everything from starting your first job to ensuring your voice is heard within the workplace. A special feature called “Real Career Girls” spotlights the unique career journeys of different women. Another feature, called “Book Club,” highlights books every working woman should read. With new content arriving on the regular, it’s hard to pass up this handy, user-friendly website.
Kathryn Minshew of The Muse.
Setting out to build your dream career can be overwhelming, which is why Levo is a life-changer. At heart, Levo, which was founded by Caroline Ghosn in 2012, is a networking company for young women. Upon sign-up, users receive instant access to a network of like-minded women and a suite of tools. One such tool allows users to create a premium web-based profile that showcases your education and job history. The profiles are visually appealing; think LinkedIn with a Pinterest twist. Another tool is Thinking Talents, an iOS app that helps users evaluate their talents and compare results. Levo’s suite of products is designed to guide you through the first 5-10 years of your career. Signing up is a no-brainer.
Building your dream career is a personal thing. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why Lauren McGoodwin started Career Contessa in 2013. Career Contessa offers women personalised advice and one-on-one mentorship sessions. Whether you’re starting out in the workforce or planning your next big move, a “Contessa” – someone who’s been there, done that – will be able to help you chart your course. If you’re not quite there yet, you should still log on to Career Contessa on the regular. Every week, new must-read columns arrive that will motivate you to dream big and make things happen. To top it all off: there’s a job board with a constant influx of new career opportunities from big-name businesses such as Facebook, Goop and Airbnb.
It’s no big secret that women’s experiences in the workplace differ significantly from men’s. That’s where Fairygodboss comes in. Fairygodboss is a job review site created for women, by women. (The site was founded by former Dow Jones executives Georgene Huang and Romy Newman in 2015.) The goal of the site is to bring transparency to the way women are treated in the workplace. Users can write reviews about the companies they have worked for, with the reviews covering issues such as salary, benefits, maternity leave, culture, working hours, and fair treatment. Suffice to say, the reviews have been rolling in, which goes a long way towards changing the conversation between employers and employees. If you want to be a part of this changing conversation, make sure you stop in at Fairygodboss.
The UN Women organisation reports that women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 percent of men’s wages. That needs to change, and PayScale is hoping to help change it. PayScale lets you discover what you are worth, whether you are evaluating a job offer or evaluating your current salary. Users can take a salary survey which requires just a few small details: job title, salary, and location. Using this data, PayScale determines if you are on par with others in your industry, or whether you are underpaid. On the flip side, if you’re running your own business, you can use PayScale’s software to ensure you are paying your employees a fair amount. That makes it a win/win website, in our minds.
Studies have found that not only are women underrepresented in the tech industry but also that most women in tech believe that their gender is holding them back at work. PowerToFly is aiming to change these sad facts. The company was launched by Milena Berry and Katharine Zaleski in 2014 with a simple aim. The site connects businesses – whether a Fortune 500 business or a start-up – with women who, in particular, are looking to work for companies that value gender diversity and inclusion. If you’re looking for a job, you can create an online profile highlighting your career. Once your profile is complete, you can use PowerToFly’s job search tool to start applying for jobs in the tech sector. If there’s a “match” between you and the client’s needs, PowerToFly will notify you and help you move forward. It’s almost too easy.