Archive for March, 2013

IT’s self-stratification fetish

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

I’ve recently converted from a contractor to a permanent employee at Railinc, and I’m quite happy with the change. Does it affect my daily activities? No, not at all – but it does give me some peace of mind about vacations, income stability, benefits, etc. I’ve been here for 10 months so far, and yet I still keep getting contacted by recruiters, most often these days on LinkedIn. The frequency has dropped significantly, but it’s still higher than I would expect it to be after 10 months of “I’m happy where I am, not looking to change jobs” responses. I had another recruiter contact me on LinkedIn just today, actually.

What is surprising, and a little disturbing in some ways, is the demographics of my LinkedIn connections versus my career. This image is from the right-hand sidebar of the LinkedIn page that I was taken to after clicking the “Accept Invitation” button in the email I got.

What’s the first thing you notice about all these images? They’re all women. I’ve deliberately cropped out names and company references; but they are all IT recruiters. In fact, there are a total of three male recruiters in my LinkedIn contact list out of a total of 22 recruiters of all types.

Now contrast this with my present and past coworkers… I’ve had a total of 8 jobs. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100+ present and previous coworkers – people reporting to the same manager I reported to. Going through my jobs one by one, I counted a total of 13 women out of that hundred plus. If I include managers, that total goes up to 15 out of 100+.

I’m not sure what I think of this situation. Pattern? Intrinsic to the field? Intrinsic to male vs female nature? Bias? Self-selection? Fetish? Obsession? I’m going to go ponder during lunch.