<![CDATA[inclusiq - Blogs & Vlogs]]>Sat, 16 Mar 2019 15:27:09 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[How to get your resume past the robots]]>Tue, 12 Mar 2019 21:05:11 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-robots Already, companies are using Artificial Intelligence (aka robots) to scan your CV.  Would your CV pass the 'bots' test?
This video takes you through six simple steps to help make sure your CV makes it through to the next stage. 

1. Use keywords from the job description
2. Choose the correct format
3. Bots don't like graphics
4. Results, NOT duties
5. Double check your spell check
6. Don't forget your cover letter

Watch the video to find out the details, and share it with any women you know who are looking for a job in a male-dominated field. 
<![CDATA[Preparations for International Women's Day - #balancedbreadwinning]]>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:09:14 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/preparations-for-international-womens-day-balancedbreadwinningPicture
​The theme this year is ‘balance for better’. And they’d love you to join the campaign with your own photos of balance. Here’s my shot - taking my lunchtime break for 2 necessities: a doggie ‘comfort break’ and to stretch the spine most of us are overworking from desk jobs.

When I got back to the office, we debated which aspect of gender equality was most in need of ‘balance’ (ok all of it, but if you had to pick one thing). We talked about the ups and downs of running as a couple or a larger family and how that impacted breadwinning; a topic more relevant today than ever but still frustratingly taboo. When I wrote Female Breadwinners, this was the first piece I’d ever penned in which the women didn’t want to be named or even recognisable. However, I think there’s a lot of pride in being a major financial contributor to your household.
So this year we’ll be focusing on removing some of that stigma for IWD this year.  

You can get involved by:
Following the #balancedbreadwinning hashtag on Twitter 
Watching and sharing this video... 

<![CDATA[Book Recommendations: Women from History]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:00:00 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/book-recommendations-women-from-historyI love books, I read them and I can bore the bits off anyone talking about them! Maybe like you? Whether they are fiction and non-fiction, current best-sellers or the classics, I love them all. I do have a particular soft spot for historical fiction. I’m partial to Margaret George, Tracey Chevalier and Jung Chang to just get started. I want anything that helps me understand and empathise with a fascinating time period through what life must have been like for its people and particularly the people history books often forget or misrepresents - women. Give me a 100 historical novels over 1 textbook, any day!

So, to get you in the mood for upcoming Women’s History Month, I wanted to share my ‘Book Recommendations for Women in History” … although I must confess, none of these have been in the bestseller list in the last few years. Hope you enjoy.

Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
You couldn’t get more office politics in a book if you tried! Though you know from your history lessons and watching Elizabeth Taylor, that all does not end well for Cleopatra, you will be gripped until the very end. Told in novel form, this biography shows Cleopatra as the ultimate business woman. She was able to use charm but also straightforward asset management with such aplomb she was able to turn the deteriorating and bankrupt dynasty she inherited into a prosperous civilisation that continues to fascinate us today. She could eat the Dragons’ Den for breakfast!

The Red Tent by Anita Diamont
This was a NY Times bestseller and it’s not hard to see why. The book reads as if the bible elaborated on the details of women’s lives the way it does men. The story focuses on Dinah, who in the Bible is a virtual afterthought as the daughter of Jacob. Here she gets her own very rich and dramatic story regarding her life and those of her ‘mothers’ (co-wives to Jacob). This is a perfect read for any woman like me, curious about what the Bible missed out in not telling the truth about women’s lives.

The Road from Coorain by Jill Kerr Conway
This memoir looks at the life of a young girl born in the harsh Australian outback who went on to become the first female President of the esteemed women’s university, Smith College, in the United States. Being born in Alice Springs, Australia myself the book had extra resonance for me personally. However, I’d recommend it for any woman who believes in quiet ambition and the transformative power of a childhood love of books.

Mary Reibey: From Convict to First Lady of Trade by Kathleen Pullan*
When I was in Sydney a few years ago, I took a guided tour of the Rocks area. Our guide pulled out a much crumpled $20 note to highlight what I had assumed was a man - but was actually one of the most important women in Australian history. I've often noticed that portraits of formidable women are often not flattering, like Harriet Tubman or even Cleopatra, as history is written by the winners. But I digress. Back to Mary, she was exported from England to Australia in 1777 as a 13 year old when she was caught stealing a neighbour's horse while dressed up as a boy.. Fast forward, and she worked her time, eventually married a navy lieutenant and set up a trading store. But it was only when he died and left her with over half a dozen children that things began to get interesting...as she grew the business to such an extent that she became one of the founders of the Bank of New South Wales. What an amazing woman! I was only dismayed it took me several attempts to find the 1975 book, eventually discovering it in a used book shop - which are my favourite places to hang out in anyway. This life story reads like a novel - and is inspiration to anyone who has made a few bad choices (haven't we all) that they can still go on to great things!

*We’ve got no link for this one, you’ll need to get rummaging in your local charity shop… and you must drop us a note if you find a copy telling us where you found it! ]]>
<![CDATA[How to get men on board with gender balance in your organisation]]>Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:05:46 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/how-to-get-men-on-board-with-gender-balance-in-your-organisationGetting men to engage and become advocates for gender balance can be difficult. In order to create that inclusive and diverse workforce that we're all striving for, we recommend both a carrot AND a stick. This video will explain why. 
<![CDATA[Ridiculous question #434 - Do women even want the top jobs?]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 13:48:02 GMThttp://inclusiq.com/blogsandvlogs/january-24th-2019This is one of the most commonly questions I get when speaking about gender equality- most often by men, but normally by people who assume that women who ‘want top jobs’ behave the same way as men who want top jobs. But for most women I know, the politicking, the self-promotion, the ‘mine is bigger than yours’ mentality doesn’t fit. How do we know women want top jobs? Because they spend their time focused on getting their jobs done often to the detriment of the politicking etc. Plus research by Boston Consulting Group shows women have ambition that equals men, but how that gets fostered depends on company culture. Similarly, other research from Centre for Talent Innovation has found ethnic minority women are actually more ambitious than white women. But no matter the research, it's dismaying so many people believe that women simply don't want to be in leadership positions.  So if you find yourself in the middle of this debate, here’s two ways to answer that question:
  1. Yes, women are JUST AS ambitious as men, but unfortunately women are half as likely to think that's it's going to happen for them based on the cultures in which they work.
  2. The better question to address is: ‘Why aren't they getting them?’ and to that point ‘What can I do about that?’