Playing the Game: Gender & the Workplace

Has your head hit the glass ceiling lately?

This week’s Twitter #careerchat took a shot at gender differences at work. Is it about chromosomes or communication? Read the highlights below!

Q1: What are some of the biggest gender differences you see at work?

  • benwmaddox: Men outnumbering women 6-1 in development department seems fairly normal.
  • DaveYouTern: Seems there are more men in the high-tech industry. Silicon Valley – home of “Man Jose” – (San Jose) has a huge gender ratio.
  • bbenishek: At an old co, women occupied 2nd highest roles, but men occupied “the” highest. Glass ceiling, or just no interest in stress?
  • DaveYouTern: When I used to work in offices, the differences I saw were mostly in interactions. The women seemed to be more collaborative.
  • sarahzubarik: I see that all upper management positions at the ad agency I work are held by males. It’s all females in the creative dept.
  • myFootpath: The places I’ve worked, it’s been a pretty even mix, or maybe slightly more women.
  • sarahzubarik: I work in a small office & the bro-in-law is 2nd highest, family friend is the controller. It’s hard to compete against family.
  • RecruiterAT: C-levels seem to be all male in our company currently.

Q2: Experts say that men and women manage power differently. What do you think?

  • bizMebizgal: female subordinates expect women bosses to be more egalitarian when it comes to leading.
  • myFootpath: This doesn’t really speak to the office, but I do see some gender differences in industries and efforts to change that.
  • RegalResumes: Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook does a great speech on why there are so few women leaders:
  • DaveYouTern: I have no science to back this up, but I’ve noticed female bosses I’ve had, who played team sports in HS or college, were MUUUCH better managers than those who hadn’t. They were more “managers” and less “dictators”.
  • Path_To: I think it has a lot to do with personality types. Anyone familiar w/ Meyers Briggs. Extroverted women dictate too.
  • DaveYouTern: The same may hold true for men as well. I’ve mostly had female managers, so I have more “research subjects” there.
  • Path_To: My wife is INTJ and was never noticed by men in her organization until she started networking and playing the game.

Q3: Women and men communicate differently in the workplace, what differences have you seen?

  • myFootpath: I notice more communication differences between the generations. Anyone else?
  • DaveYouTern: Women often justify their comments… Instead of “That won’t work” they say “That won’t work… in my opinion”
  • RecruiterAT: Men are often times more direct than women.
  • bbenishek: I’ve noticed an odd flip in roles: Male IT developers whining about project, woman team lead saying “get er done!”

Want more? Read the article that inspired the chat!

How to Job Hunt Using Social Media

In Forbes’ latest article, Job-hunting? Facebook, LinkedIn and You –Six Social Media Tips, tips #3 and #4 especially ring true: Sign up for a Twitter account, and participate in online job real time chats.

Why? Because Twitter–and Twitter chats–really do help.

A successful Twitter chat not only gives you the information you’re seeking, but a lot more insight you may not have known you needed. A Twitter chat can challenge you to think of things in a different way or try something new for greater success.

Stuck on how to get the salary you want? You’ll get not one tip but twenty. Have no clue about networking? You’ll leave armed with a laundry list of icebreakers.

It may seem a bit overwhelming when you first join a chat, but just watch the way the online conversation spirals out and builds and gets infused with enthusiasm and information and camaraderie. All of this adds up to a successful chat–and more people for you to connect with.

So that’s why this tip just made me proud: “Check out Twitter chats like #jobhuntchat, one of the largest regular chat groups on Twitter dedicated to job search, and #careerchat.”

I am so glad to have been part of #careerchat from its inception back in the days. Even as a co-moderator, I never came away from a chat without learning something new from the participants.

Tune in to #careerchat every Tuesday at 12 PM Central Time. The chat runs for an hour and the topic changes weekly. Use for an easy way to keep track of the conversation and tune out all the other Twitter noise.

Want to find a Twitter chat that suits you? Check out the Twitter Chat Schedule on Google Docs.

You can find past #careerchat topics, recaps & transcripts here.

I just graduated with no job. Now what?

When you’re a freshly-minted grad with your degree or diploma in hand, what do you do when the crickets are chirping and the job prospects seem BLEAK?

Our Twitter #careerchat took up the challenge and came up with great solutions. Find one (or more) that works for you!

Key takeaways:

  • DaveYouTern: If you haven’t already… start networking. Note I said networking – building relationships. Networking isn’t “gimme a job!”
  • ComeRecommended: Don’t be afraid to take time off to figure out your goals, but make sure to actually DO something like travel, volunteer, intern.
  • ALKUJess: Staying busy and proving that you have a good work ethic in any field will be beneficial when you try to find a career.
  • myFootpath: Maximize your face-to-face networking by meeting contacts on FB/Twitter/LinkedIn BEFOREHAND. Know who you want to talk to.
  • WomensAlly: Tell FRANK: F=friends R=relatives, A=acquaintances N=neighbors K=kids.


Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

This way to the full chat recap