Brianne Burrowes, founder & editor of I Want Her Job
Denise Novosel, Senior Staffing Director, Microsoft’s Global Talent Labs
Kara Fong, Program Manager, APEX (Apple Platform Experiences)
Jessica Wicklund (left), Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Store
Susan Hendrich, Principal Program Manager Lead, Windows Phone
Ever wonder how to land that dream job…the one that will really fulfill you and make a difference in the world? Or wonder what it takes to get there? When your heart wants to leap, but your brain doubts or fear strikes, it can be helpful to meet successful female role models. Women who didn’t let doubts, fears, naysayers and even failure stop them.
Brianne Burrowes, founder and editor of I Want Her Job, wants to introduce you to these women. After spending a week on Microsoft’s main campus to get an underground look at the people behind the products, she’s sharing advice and “how to get here” tactics from smart, ambitious, beautiful women across the company who defy the geek girl stereotype. These women are approachable, kind and helpful, and they’re sharing their career stories with you through I Want Her Job’s “Women at Microsoft Week.”
In the series you will meet four accomplished women at Microsoft, including:
- Denise Novosel, Senior Staffing Director, Microsoft’s Global Talent Labs: Denise advises girls who are considering a career in tech to “Say ‘no’ to the fear.” Learn how she navigates her role as a Microsoft Director, mom and marathon trainee – and how she gets the ‘A’ grade through it all.
- Kara Fong, Program Manager, APEX (Apple Platform Experiences): DigiGirlz changed the course of Kara’s life, and she was one of Microsoft’s first hires out of the program. Her advice? “Allow yourself to fail, then fail again. Realize it’s OK, because failing only makes you stronger.”
- Jessica Wicklund, Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Store: “My motto has always been: I’d rather miss sleep than miss an opportunity.” Find out how Jessica applies this world view to her work setting up Microsoft Store summer camps, community events and celebrity appearances.
- Susan Hendrich, Principal Program Manager Lead, Windows Phone: The woman behind the personality of Cortana on the Windows Phone shares how to address a roomful of engineers about emotions. And why she’s amazed by today’s college hires. With all of the buzz Cortana is receiving, you know this will be epic. Susan’s story goes live tomorrow – follow @iwantherjob.
We hope you will read these stories and see that these women’s success is attainable. We want and need more women in technology. It’s that simple.
Find out the secret sauce for getting a job at Microsoft by reading the five skills – you may not know about – Microsoft recruiters look for. Then visit Microsoft Careers so you can join Denise, Kara, Jessica, Susan and their teams. And channel your curiosity, ambition and passion to make your own footprint on the world.
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