We have an opening for an intern. This is a paid part-time position and I would like to see some women apply. The last three permanent employees we hired in this company have been men, and two of our three co-founders are women, so we are hardly unfriendly to women in tech.
We get a lot of applications for these internships, almost all of them from men.
So, yes, we reject more male applicants but since we get so many more male applicants the odds are in their favor (as a gender).
When I have discussions with women – of any age and level of experience – I am frequently surprised by their reluctance to put themselves at risk of rejection. We’re a startup pitching to investors. Rejection is part of our daily life. So, too, is progress and development.
Maybe you will apply to us and not get the job, either because we had someone more qualified or just because you were not a fit for what we needed at this moment. Isn’t that contradictory to what I just said? Why would you apply if you were not a fit?
Because you don’t know that you don’t fit! You may fit with 70% of what we need but some of your skills are SO good that we are willing to teach you the other 30% . The worst thing that will happen is that you don’t get the job, you will get some experience applying and you will be on our radar for other positions we or our friends might have.
What about if you are not in college? For the love of God, did you not just read this blog?