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How to Reduce Unconscious Bias in Hiring

How to Reduce Unconscious Bias in Hiring

Controlling Unconscious Biases Requires Out-Of-The-Box Thinking

In an effort to hire more female musicians, during the 1970s and 80s prominent international orchestras required that musicians sit behind a screen during auditions so that the evaluators could not see a musician’s gender while judging his or her performance. These were known as “blind auditions.” Before implementing blind auditions, only about five percent of musicians in major symphonies were female. Today, female musicians comprise about 25 percent of these cultural institutions.

Adding the screens eliminated the effect of unconscious bias in the auditioning and hiring process. Once the musicians’ gender was hidden, the percentage of female musicians advancing in the audition process rose dramatically.

 
 
 

Gen X Entry-Level Workers Get into Job Search Mode in Early 2016

Gen X Entry-Level Workers Get into Job Search Mode in Early 2016

This article originally ran on LinkedIn Pulse on June 6, 2016

Recently Hudson published its Q1 2016 Job Seeker Pulse, which is the sixth edition of our on-going longitudinal study of actual job seeking activity registered among Fortune 100 and Middle Market U.S. employees.

Notably, the Generation X and Baby Boomer groups within both market segments registered solid activity rises compared to Q1 last year. Throughout 2015, on average these generational groups exercised more job-switching caution than their younger Gen Y counterparts. However in Q1 2016, five of a possible eight worker groups for both Gen X and Boomers logged higher year-over-year activity, while just two of the Gen Y worker groups showed increases.

 
 
 

Keys to Recruiting for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Keys to Recruiting for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Building A Diverse Workplace Is Not A “One-Time Project”

Workforce diversity is a valuable asset for companies in myriad ways. A diverse labor force cultivates innovation, is correlated with increased network creativity and improves problem solving. In addition, mounting research shows that diversity boosts the bottom line.

A report from McKinsey & Company found a connection between diversity and an organization’s executives and higher corporate earnings. The analysis revealed that companies in the top quarter for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have greater profits than the median industry profits. For organizations with higher gender diversity, the likelihood of profits above the industry median increases by 15 percent.

 
 
 

San Antonio Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

San Antonio Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Welcome to the San Antonio, Texas Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local pharmaceutical and life science talent market for February – April 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • The San Antonio-New Braunfels region topped the 1 million job mark for the first time in April. Regional employment reached 1,001,700 jobs. “This region is vibrant, with a low cost of living and low cost of doing business and a growing medical care and medical research sector,” said Keith Phillips, assistant vice president of the San Antonio branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The diversified economy in San Antonio has helped the area withstand the slowdown in oil and gas.
 
 
 

Houston Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Houston Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Welcome to the Greater Houston Area, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local pharmaceutical and life science talent market for February – April 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Heavy job losses in the oil and gas industry stalled employment growth in the Houston area. The unemployment in Houston hit 4.8 percent, exceeding the national average of 4.7. The unemployment rate only captures people actively searching for jobs, so the real number of joblessness may be even higher due to oil and gas workers taking severance packages or early retirements instead of looking for more work.
 
 
 

Dallas/Fort Worth Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Welcome to the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local pharmaceutical and life science talent market for February – April 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • The unemployment rate in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX area is at 3.8% as of March 2016 (national average = 4.7%).
  • Dallas and Fort Worth (along with San Antonio, Houston and Austin) saw some of the greatest population growth last year. Texas had five of the eight cities that saw the biggest increase in number of residents.
 
 
 

Austin-Round Rock Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Austin-Round Rock Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Welcome to the Austin-Round Rock, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the local pharmaceutical and life science talent market for February – April 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • The unemployment rate is Austin-Round Rock is at 3.1%. Austin is ranked as the third best city to start a career in 2016.
  • While Austin consistently ranks high as a booming city, some of that growth is possible because the tech scene is so new and young.
  • Austin is striving to become the next biotech hub. Within a 25-mile radius of the state capitol, almost 200 life science companies have sprung up, many of them small startups.
 
 
 

What's Your Story? The Rise of the Personal Brand

What's Your Story? The Rise of the Personal Brand

Everyone Has a Unique Personal Story to Tell

It’s the wise adage that has stood the test of time: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

But it is not your shiny shoes or suit that will leave a lasting impression during your next job interview. As anyone in recruitment will tell you, it’s your story, how you tell it and the insights it offers into how you operate, that will linger long after your interview is over.

Every person has a unique story. Call it what you will—an elevator pitch, personal brand, what makes you stand out—it offers insights into your core skills, values and workplace behaviors. Your story is your brand, and it needs to be the hook that people remember long after you’ve left a room.

 
 
 

3 Questions Every Employer Should Ask in a Job Interview

3 Questions Every Employer Should Ask in a Job Interview

Identify Candidates With Cultural and Motivational Fit

Candidates today are increasingly prepared for classic interview questions. To find out what you really need to know you may need to ask a few unusual questions.

Most employers today are not trained interviewers yet they need to make decisions about talent that will define either the success or the failure of their teams.

In today’s market roles are becoming increasingly specialized and organizations are arming themselves by ensuring that their candidates, whether they’ve come through a recruitment agency or their own interview process, have the right skills and competencies for the role.

 
 
 

What Recruiters Look For When Meeting New Job Candidates

What Recruiters Look For When Meeting New Job Candidates

How To Make Yourself Stand Out As a Job Candidate To Recruiters

A great suit? A strong handshake? What are recruiters really looking for when they meet you? What they’re looking for is you. Not the “you” in your resume but the other one. The one with motivations, successes, strengths and weaknesses. The real, authentic you.

Of course they’re looking for the basic essentials: your skills, experience and whether these are a good match for the current opportunities they have available. But much of this can be gauged from reading your resume or LinkedIn profile. What recruiters really want is the information that lies beyond that, the elements that have a much greater bearing on recommending you for a role.

 
 
 
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