Sure, there are plenty of situations where having strict qualifications makes sense. But for the vast majority of roles, a laundry list of qualifications does more harm than good. It narrows the candidate pool prematurely and slows down the organization by leaving job vacancies unfilled for longer than necessary. Organizations should eliminate some of the “must-have” skills that can be trained on the job to encourage more candidates to apply for complex positions. Reduce the requirements to only those that are necessary to perform the role. All too often, instead of actually checking for relevant job skills, a college degree is used as a proxy for competence. While many organizations have dropped their degree/graduation requirement for entry-level and mid-level corporate roles, some major global corporations have altogether stopped demanding a degree/ graduation. Several organizations have also reduced their work experience requirements and instead focus on the candidate’s potential when hiring.
Studies indicate that words with subtle masculine connotations such as aggressive, ambitious, determined, and dominant turn off female candidates. There’s psychology in how some people associate certain words with specific genders. Inclusive language is a staple of diversity recruiting strategies. It’s important to use gender-neutral and inclusive terminology in job postings. Firms should also avoid using corporate jargon such as KPI and SLAs in their advertisements. Doing this is a turn-off for talented candidates from applying for entry-level positions. Such language makes them feel like outsiders and like they are under-qualified. Another trend foresee in job descriptions is more transparency about work location arrangements, benefits offered, and salary information within job ads themselves. Putting salary and benefit information in job ads ensures that hiring teams and applicants are in agreement at the beginning of the hiring process
Leadership teams everywhere are beginning to recognize the importance of accountability in diversity recruiting. A growing diversity and inclusion trend is for companies to set transparent targets, goals, and D&I initiatives. Doing so will increase the accountability of people in leadership positions, encourage honest conversations between employees and their bosses, and inspire them to share ideas and solutions. We are all aware, that more diversity in a company does not necessarily equal more equity and inclusion. While efforts at diversity may increase, the same is not always the case for efforts at inclusivity. Diversity and inclusion is the cornerstone of every organization that desires to win and retain top talent, improve customer experience, and boost financial performance. Hiring managers cannot only be accountable for implementing inclusive practices across the hiring process. This should be driven as a company culture.
Talent acquisition and recruiting are central to any HR team. AI-driven processes and tools can add immense value to enterprise recruiting. It’s not just transforming HR function’s performance but also removing unconscious bias and improving diversity and inclusion. Diversity recruiting in particular stands to benefit from the potential technology to eliminate bias from the recruitment and hiring process. If biased patterns emerge, adjustments can be made to eliminate them. Recruiters can also use software to detect unconscious bias before it can cause damage. Other tools can analyze job descriptions and propose improvements that make the post more appealing to diverse applicants. As the AI learns from these placements and sourcing trends, it will recommend more diverse candidates in the future. Companies will utilize AI to eliminate bias and automate their diversity recruiting.
The India Diversity Job Fair seeks candidates representing various aspects of diversity who are looking for a professional opportunity to demonstrate their skills and Talent. Organizations from all over India will be recruiting strictly based on merit. Whether you are a working professional or on a sabbatical, or fresh out of college, All skilled professionals are invited to participate in India Diversity Job Fair 2022.
The 2nd Edition of the India Diversity Job Fair has a dedicated focus on 5 key areas. You are invited to submit your job application in the most relevant focus area.
Diversity Hiring Partners
The session was well organized and well represented. This brought in New India perspective, more inclusive.
Excellent event with a great line up of topics / speakers. Very insightful. Keep up the great work!
This edition was a great opportunity to meet like minded D&I individuals and learnt a lot from this forum.
Thank you for a very well organised and a well conducted event. The pre event calls, coordination and the clear instructions all indicated a well prepared and thought through event. My compliments for the same!
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