A growing number of women are applying for new jobs online and at job fairs, and the trend has been taking off in recent months.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Association of Canada says the numbers are growing rapidly, particularly in the tech and healthcare sectors.
“It’s the next logical step for women to get involved in the economy,” says Linda Mancuso, president of the organization.
“Women are doing everything they can to make sure that they can have access to the workforce, so we need to look at ways to support them to do that.”
Many women say they are now looking for a job on their own, rather than being asked to work for a man who they already know, Mancsos says.
And women say employers are paying more attention to them online.
A number of the jobs on offer online have not been available for several years, including the majority of those held by women.
In 2015, about 5 per cent of the U.S. workforce was women, according to the U,S.
“I don’t think women are doing well in tech, they’re doing better than men in other industries,” says Liz Thompson, who is looking for an assistant manager in a large tech company in Vancouver.
Thompson says she had an online job offer in 2015, but she says it was “just a joke” when she read the company’s website.
She says she’s been looking for work ever since.
“If I’m able to get an online position, I would do it,” Thompson says.
“I don and I know it’s a lot easier to get into something when you’re online.”
A new study says women are more likely to apply for jobs online than at job events.
The report, which looked at job openings posted on various job boards, says women made up 14 per cent to 19 per cent in 2014, but that grew to 20 per cent last year.
It says a woman can apply for a single job in about six months, while a man can only do so once a year.
The trend has not been without controversy.
A federal government survey in January 2016 found more than 40 per cent women were unable to apply online, while 19 per 100 men said the same.
Mancusos says women often feel more confident when they can see their profile picture online.
“When they can get in front of their computer and look at what’s going on on their page and see what the company is offering and get in touch with the team, I think they’ll be much more comfortable in doing that,” she says.
While it’s important for women who want to get their foot in the door to apply at job shows and job fair events, Mankiewicz says she wants to see more women at the table when hiring managers are looking to fill jobs.
“It’s just as important to have a female manager in place, so if you can get that female in there you can have a much better shot at being able to hire a great team,” she said.
With files from The Canadian Press and CBC News