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  1. International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th, and PDFelement would like to celebrate all the women working in the tech industry. With offices across Asia and North America, we see the importance of equality and we value the diversity of our teams. As a millennial, I’m pretty familiar with the stress of finding a stable career path. Full-time, well-paying positions with room for growth seem few and far between these days, a fact I think many recent college grads are familiar with. I racked my brain trying to think of which industry would be best suited for me to put my communications and marketing skills to good use. It dawned on me that in today’s tech-dependent society, a career in tech is probably one of few areas that still offers a lot of stability and opportunity. With perks that are hard to find elsewhere – room to grow, high demand, a solidpay check, and a chance to help create something that has a huge impact on society – it seemed like the answers to my prayers. I now find myself in a great marketing role within the tech field, and there are a ton of things I love about it. But there’s just one problem. Even though the tech industry is widely progressive in many ways, it is still lagging behind when it comes to equality. The gender gap that exists within tech is a huge example of this, which is a shame since it may prevent many women from breaking into a rewarding industry. Did you know: Women average only 30% of the workforce across major tech companies Women hold only17% of the tech jobs at Google, 15% at Facebook, and 10% at Twitter Of the 41 Fortune 500 companies in the technology sector, only five have a female CEO Only 14.3% of board seats of the top 100 tech companies are held by women. If you’re not satisfied with these statistics, you’re not alone. In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, here are 5 reasons why women should pursue a career in tech! 5 Reasons you should become a woman in tech: 1. You can offer a fresh and unique perspective as an avid female user of technology The emerging start-up culture of the tech industry encourages more open discussion. They want to give employees an open arena for sharing innovative ideas and making their thoughts heardtoo, because those opinions are valuable. With less of a hierarchy and less red tape to cut through, tech firms welcome new perspectives, and as a female, you can use this to your advantage to speak up. According to a report by Parks Associates, more women than men are downloading movies and music; women do the majority of game-playing across some platforms; and women have higher “purchase intentions” than men do when it comes to some electronics. With these statistics, it’s clear that not only will you be paving the way forward for other ladies, but you’ll be contributing to creating more valuable tech products as well. 2. You can forge your own path with flexible work opportunities The start-up culture in many tech firms also lends to a more lenient view on what job flexibility means. Many tech firms offer flex hours, more vacation time, or the ability to telecommute or work from home. Whether you have outside commitments such as children, or your own freelance business, many believe a career in tech could be the perfect way to balance a rewarding career with an enriched personal life through flexible working options. According to this article, flexibility in the workplace could hugely effect women. Manar Morales, president and CEO of the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, notes that technology and globalization are similarly changing the way work is organized in a host of other sectors. This could reduce the reward of long face-time hours and lead to more gender equality in a number of occupations. 3. There will always be plenty of financially rewarding jobs available Because of the growing nature of the tech industry, there won’t be a shortage of job opportunities any time soon. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, the tech industry is one of very few industries where demand is higher than supply when it comes to hiring. While the overall unemployment rate is between 9% to 10% and companies everywhere are figuring out how to do more work with less personnel, the tech industry is currently one of the only industries that is hiring. Plus, new markets are constantly opening up, and if you have the right skills to get the job done, it’s more than likely that it won’t be long before you’re making a substantial salary. 4. You’ll learn many new skills that can transfer across other jobs and industries Just as you can leverage your current transferable skills to break into the tech industry, you’ll also gain a lot of transferable skills while you’re there. On top of technical skills, most people who work in tech will end up gaining soft skills like marketing and PR skills, product management abilities, research skills, data analysis skills, and social media capabilities, all of which are useful across almost any role or industry. Plus, “the emergence of soft skills as a cornerstone of success in the technical professions is even being leveraged as a way to attract more women into the STEM sector.” 5. You will make a difference According to the Atlantic, while 57 percent of occupations in the workforce are held by women, in computing occupations, that figure is only 25%. And it’s not just in tech – a gender gap is the reality within several industries, including many of the STEM fields. By applying to tech jobs that interest you, mentoring other females who hold an interest in the industry, and doing everything you can to make changes from within a company, you can go to sleep at night knowing that not only did you help pave the way for future generations of females in tech, but also females in the workforce as a whole. As part of the PDFelement team, I’ve seen firsthand how a fresh perspective and workplace diversity can contribute to innovation in creating unique and simple software products. Our main goal at PDFelement is to create products that bring simplicity to the life of every type of user, no matter their age, gender, or background. And with women making up a large portion of our user base, having a female perspective when it comes to designing or marketing the features of our product, or any tech product, is key. “At Wondershare, we passionately believe in the power of diversity, and with our global workforce we strive to include ideas and perspectives from every type of user, including women. We’ve hired many outstanding females who want to help us create simple solutions for everyday life challenges. By providing the right environments, programs, and policies, we support all women in pursuing their goals.” – Summer Qin, Director of Overseas Marketing & Sales Interested in breaking into the tech industry? Learn more about PDFelement, or leave a comment below! By Emily Byrne, Content Marketing Specialist at PDFelement
  2. PDFelement

    4 Benefits to Working Remotely

    Who hasn’t fantasized about breaking free from the confines of the office from time to time? The freedom and the flexibility of working remotely from wherever you’d like is certainly an appealing idea to many, especially when it comes to the younger generations.  Luckily, with today’s growing trend of virtual offices and remote workplaces, even if it’s only on an occasional basis, many companies are now open to the option of telecommuting and letting their employees work from home, and away from the traditional office setting to allow for more flexibility in schedules or improve productivity. This is especially beneficial for someone who does creative work. Sitting in an office isn’t always the most inspiring environment for coming up with brilliant ideas, and as someone who works in the creative field of marketing myself, I can vouch for this fact. Getting inspired by the world around you is usually the best way to come up with great ideas, and it’s often hard to do that while sitting at a desk. With the rise in popularity of working remotely, the important question that still remains is whether virtual offices are actually effective. And a lot of data points to yes. Here are just a few of the benefits: Environmental benefits An article from Chron notes that virtual work benefits the environment because fewer people are traveling in cars, busesand trains, which lowers the amount of vehicle emissions and decreases fuel usage. As a commuter myself, there’s no question that eliminating a daily commute from my schedule would hugely benefit my working life, both for the amount of time itsaves, and for the fact that it would greatly lessen my carbon footprint. With global warming being such an important issue, cutting down fuel emissions by working remotely is a benefit for everyone. Productivity Hours aren’t wasted commuting, so more time can be devoted to getting work done, without the added distractions from coworkers as well. According to this survey by TinyPulse, respondents working remotely are happier, feel more valued, and are overwhelmingly more productive. In fact, when respondents were asked the question “Do you believe you get more work done when working remotely?” 91% of them answered yes. “About 66% of the respondents to a FlexJobs’ survey said that they are more productive when they are not in the office. Why is that? Well, 76% said there are fewer distractions overall, and 70% wanted to avoid the stresses of commuting. Other reasons for toiling off-site were to avoid office politics (69%), be in a quieter environment (62%), wear more comfortable clothes (54%), have less frequent meetings (46%), or personalize their office environments (51%).” Better work-life balance Virtual offices provide more flexibility and the ability to create your own hours, allowing you to spend more time with family and friends. This is especially important for millennials, who place a higher importance on work-life balance than earlier generations, likely because it gives them more time to care for young children or aging baby boomer parents. The benefits of work-life balance for employees also include reducing stress, improving personal well-being, improvinglong term health and eliminating the need to take many sick days, offering autonomy and personal employee growth, and increasing focus. But there are also benefits for employers too. On top of employees being more productive, there is less turn-over, and an improved company reputation. However the different parties don’t necessarily agree on what constitutes as enough of when it comes to work-life balance. “A 2015 Workplace Study revealed that 67% of employers feel that their workers have a work-life balance, while 45% of employees disagree.” There are many things employers could do to fix this statistic, such as offering the ability to take unpaid leave, having senior managers model work-life balance in their own schedules, or setting clear boundaries by not re sponding to work emails during their time off. Employee retention Since virtual offices provide more schedule flexibility and the comfort of being able to work independently, it only makes sense that this results in higher employee retention. According to The Balance, telecommuting and flextime appeals to younger, more technically savvy generation of workers. So if your company hopes to attract and recruit this demographic, then an employee benefit package that allows for flexible schedules and remote work options would be a plus. This virtual office arrangement won’t necessarily work for every type of job, or every type of employee. But with the growing number of remote workers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs that are starting to pop up in today’s workforce, it makes sense that this arrangement should be seriously considered by employers. And along with employers evolving, business software products need to evolve to support this too. PDF editing software is no exception, as employees working remotely need full mobile support while working with PDFs on the go. Fortunately, mobility is an area where PDFelement has you covered! Read, edit, convert and sign PDF files professionally while working remotely from any desktop, laptop, or iOS/Android device with our mobile app. By using PDFelement, you can experience the environmental benefits, higher productivity, and greater work life balance that comes with working from home. Enjoy the ability to: • Read PDFs Remotely Got a notification during your grocery shopping about a second draft that requires urgent attention? No worries, quickly scan the PDF on your mobile device! • Edit PDFs Remotely You can edit text creatively and professionally – all from the comfort of your own couch, with no mouse needed. Improve the look and feel by changing font style and colors easily without losing formatting. • Collaborate Remotely Perform markups and edits by using tools to highlight, underline, or strikethrough text. This could be done over breakfast or on the bus! You can even use a freehand drawing tool or sticky notes. • Take Snapshots of PDFs Remotely Snap a photo with your mobile device, and easily convert it into a professional looking PDF document that can be shared with your colleagues or clients in seconds. • Export PDFs Remotely Convert PDFs individually or in batches to other file formats like Microsoft® Word, Excel®, Power Point®, HTML, Image and more. • Sign Forms Remotely Add text into fillable text fields, insert a picture of your hand written signature, or draw a pixel-perfect signature on the touch screen. With the use of mobile document editing apps, professionals on the go can have all the tools they need to get their work done outside of the office, no matter what kind of worker they are. • Seamlessly Switch Between Devices on iOS Create and edit a PDF file on your desktop, and then easily switch to viewing and editing it on your mobile device once you are out of the office! Already working remotely? Let us know your thoughts on working with PDFs on the go below! Enhance your telecommuting experience with PDFelement. Download our desktop and mobile apps (Android and iOS) today. By Emily Byrne, Content Marketing Specialist at PDFelement
  3. Discover the benefits of building your career from the comfort of your laptop! These days, everything is online. From shopping, to school, to the office. The internet has advanced to a point where we can do almost anything from a small electronic device that fits in the palm of our hands. With the world at our fingertips - literally - the possibilities of what we can accomplish online are limitless. Being connected from anywhere in the world gives us the freedom to travel while we work. Only a few short decades ago, it would have been impossible to make a living from a computer, or study for a degree without ever stepping foot on a university campus. But these days, anyone can access an education from any location. The online economy is booming with job opportunities, and many people feel that they are more productive working remotely. Many individuals choose to work for themselves by freelancing, and can make a generous income if they're willing to put the work in. But how do they do it? Education You don’t need to look very far to discover the wide range of online learning opportunities that will give you the skills you need to work for yourself. Even sites like YouTube have entire educational channels dedicated to helping people learn a certain skill. Many self-educated people have used the internet to achieve the same level of education and training as a college graduate, minus the pricey tuition expenses. Freelancers and employers alike are beginning to see the value of online education. There are several reputable websites that offer affordable and even free courses. Of course, it’s good to be cautious of where your online education is coming from. It's always a good idea to research the program or course to ensure that it's reliable and will be recognized by employers. Distance learning is increasingly popular among university students with busy schedules. These days, most students have to work part-time in order to pay for their studies. If the concept of going back to school for a degree seems daunting, you should look into universities that offer distance courses that can be completed online during your free time, giving you a more flexible schedule. Imagine completing a degree from your laptop while backpacking across Southeast Asia - it's not just a pipe dream anymore! Work You can forget about being tied down to an office job. The internet has opened the door to a massive freelancing job market with many lucrative opportunities. Getting into freelancing can be challenging at first, but if you're willing to put the proper research and networking into it, you can establish your reputation as a professional freelancer in no time. The only drawback to freelancing is the lack of a pension and benefits, which some people may find difficult because it offers less stability. But it allows entrepreneurs to work on their own terms and be their own boss, so if freedom is your number one concern, freelancing is a good gig. Want the benefits of working online, but with the security of full-time employment? Thankfully, there are now many companies that happily let employees work remotely, and do business online. The savings in office space and supplies alone can save a company thousands, if not millions, in the long run. Many studies also suggest that employees are happier and more productive when given the freedom to work online or remotely. According to a report by the New York Times, nearly 43 percent of employees do at least some of their work remotely. The study found that “employees who spend three to four days off-site report feeling most engaged at work.” Not only does working online benefit employees, but also businesses. Plus, with the latest document management and collaboration tech tools, anyone can perform their work duties easily from any location. Discover how you can benefit from working and learning online with handy programs like PDFelement. From taking notes in a PDF doc while studying, to filling out business forms electronically, or even creating a travel itinerary from scratch, you'll have all the tools you need to live life on your terms. Enjoy the freedom to travel more, spend more time with your friends and family, and learning about topics that actually interest you. The possibilities are endless with PDFelement.
  4. Going green can save money, the environment, and ultimately employee productivity. An average tree produces roughly 16 reams of paper, or 8,000 sheets. That’s almost as much as the average office worker will consume annually. Depending on the size of your business and number of office-based employees, your company could be consuming hundreds, if not thousands, of trees each year. According to Record Nationals, the US alone uses nearly 68 million trees each year to sustain it’s growing paper consumption. In fact, Americans account for one-third of paper usage, despite holding only 5% of the world's population. This is a serious environmental and financial concern. Going paperless can be extremely beneficial to any large or small business. First of all, there are cost savings. Paper costs money, and printer ink costs more. As your business grows, you will have to manage larger volumes of documentation. Converting your files over to digital will not only cut supply costs, but also save the storage space required to file a large amount of paperwork. It is easier, and significantly cheaper, to manage and store digital files on a secure, reliable server. The money saved from going paperless can be reinvested into the company and into a better working environment for your employees. Another major benefit to going paperless is that it causes a boost in productivity. Digitizing your documents makes information more accessible and easier to find. When employees are less busy sifting through drawers of paperwork they can spend more time doing more valuable work. The efficiency gained by going paperless can be a great morale booster. After all, no one enjoys trudging through paperwork. Performing administrative tasks with PDFs and digital formats makes things easier and allows your business to function more smoothly. Recruiting the next generation of talent means looking to the future, and the future of business is digital. When employees have access to resources online, it gives them the flexibility to be more mobile. There are many benefits to working remotely. A paperless office gives employees the option to work from home or on the go. Employees who are given the option to do some of their work away from the office report a better work-life balance. The resulting reduction in commute times, sleep deprivation, and stress levels creates happier and healthier employees who are able to perform better at work. When employees are less weighed down with tedious, paper-pushing tasks, they can spend more time doing fulfilling work, such as brainstorming and creative tasks that help them come up with innovative ideas. Countless studies show that increased employee morale leads to greater production and ultimately a more competitive business. When people believe their work is meaningful, they are automatically motivated to complete more tasks. Creating a work environment that is sustainable, efficient, and modern is important to worker satisfaction, and going paperless is a fantastic way to do that. At the end of the day, it’s the employees that make the company. Giving them the tools they need to work more efficiently and be a part of a sustainable, modern work environment will boost morale, cut costs, and lead to better productivity. Learn how PDFelement can help you go paperless and enrich your business! Whether you want to digitally edit PDF files, convert scanned files to PDF, or fill out and sign forms electronically, PDFelement has all the tools you need to take the paper out of paperwork.

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