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    Hired Tech Candidate Spotlight – Paula Muldoon, Senior Software Engineer for Zopa in the UK

    We understand you started in a different field or pivoted from a different type of degree and education, tell us about it… I had an international classical music career, having toured over 20 countries, recorded at Abbey Road, performed at the Royal Albert Hall. I spent way more than the vaunted 10,000 hours practising the […] More

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    A Step-By-Step Checklist To Inclusive Hiring in 2022

    Many HR departments are attempting to create a diverse workplace in today’s world, but you can’t have diversity without inclusion.
    To construct a diverse team and a modern and attractive workplace culture, HR staff must create an environment that welcomes all individuals and fosters equal engagement and representation.
    In recent years, there has been a significant effort in the UK to fight for equality, to the point that employers are instituting quotas based on gender, BAME, disability, and even sexual orientation.
    There are two significant types of diversity in today’s workplace:
    First, inherent diversity is concerned with qualities such as race, gender, and age. Education, experience, beliefs, skills, and knowledge are all aspects of acquired variety.
    Natural HR has set out to explore our top ideas for making a diverse and inclusive recruitment process a standard element of your people talent strategy in this article.
    What is the definition of workplace diversity?
    It is critical to remember that workplace diversity is defined as when a company understands, accepts, and values differences between people of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations, as well as differences in personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge.
    What are the benefits of diversity and inclusivity recruitment?
    Having a functional diversity and inclusion strategy that is incorporated into your recruitment workflow will provide your company with various benefits, including:

    Hiring better talent.
    Being able to make more informed business decisions.
    Increasing the performance of your teams.
    Accelerating innovation by allowing different mindsets to collaborate.
    Gaining more decadent customer satisfaction due to high-quality staff.
    Improving company culture with improved employee satisfaction.

    The inclusive hiring in the workplace checklist
    The tutorial below will walk you through the whole recruitment process, from bringing on a new team member to crafting a job advertisement and interviewing qualified candidates. It will include critical considerations to ensure that diversity and inclusion are prioritized at each stage.
    1. Audit your job adverts to remove bias:
    When it comes to inclusive and diverse recruitment, you can’t look forward without looking back. As a result, the first step you must take is to assess your whole recruitment pipeline to identify faults and begin implementing improvements that will address diversity and inclusivity concerns.
    When reviewing historical job advertisements, you may find a propensity to employ more masculine or feminine language in job advertisements, which may discourage particular groups from applying for specific roles. Based on the findings of this analysis, you may then retroactively apply new conditions to the recruiting procedure to reduce biases in future recruitment drives.
    2. Target sources where diverse candidates are focused:
    It is now easier than ever to recruit applicants from a large skill pool with the Internet’s strength. To that end, sourcing individuals from several sources is a terrific method to diversify your recruitment pool.
    Rather than relying solely on traditional job boards or recruitment agencies, look for chances to diversify candidates through alternative sources such as educational institutions, government agencies, and even rehabilitation centers.
    You might also communicate directly with organizations that focus on specific areas; for example, for a technology post, you could interact directly with women in technology groups to connect with suitable female applicants.
    3. Encourage your employees to utilize their network:
    If you want to hire more of a specific group of under-represented people, reach out to some of your current team members who fall into that category.
    Creating an internal applicant recommendation program is one approach to accomplish this. You will be able to connect with similar candidates from varied backgrounds by utilizing your existing internal pool of diverse workers.
    4. Offer internships targeted at underrepresented groups:
    Offering internships to folks with specialized credentials is a terrific approach to foster up-and-coming talent in your sector. To accomplish this, you may form collaborations with education and community organizations in your area to provide an opportunity to groups that may struggle to take the first steps into the roles you’re recruiting for.
    5. Develop an employer brand that showcases your diversity:
    When developing a brand identity, don’t overlook the significance of diversity and inclusivity. You should encourage employees from various backgrounds to share their experiences with your organization, which you should then incorporate into your employer and recruiting branding.
    Having these stories in place and actively pushing them in your applicant sourcing is a terrific approach to ensure your diversity recruiting strategy is working properly.
    6. Utilize blind recruitment:
    Blind recruitment is one of the most popular trends in the industry. To reduce bias during the first recruitment stage, it takes steps to blackout essential information such as name, age, education, and candidate photos. The idea here is to avoid further discrimination in who you choose to interview.
    7. Rethink what factors you screen for when hiring:
    When determining what your ideal recruit looks like, it is vital to ensure that your possible candidates exhibit the characteristics that your firm values. Throughout the recruitment process, examine how you’re screening candidates and yourself to see whether you’re directing the outcomes towards specific types of people owing to potential bias.
    Chris Bourne is Head of Marketing at Natural HR. Natural HR is a cloud-based HR software for small businesses and organizations looking to improve staff management and pay. 
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    How to Embed Diversity and Inclusion into Your Recruitment Policy

    The ‘S’ (social) in ESG campaigns is integral to any business, a lack of diversity can negatively impact growth and stifle creativity. Diverse teams generate almost 20% more revenue than those that are lacking in this area.
    Thinking carefully about the specific language used in job adverts, using blind CV assessments, and employing inclusive interviewing techniques can all help businesses embed diversity and inclusion into their recruitment policies.
    With almost one-third of jobseekers and employees have said they would not apply to a company where there is a lack of diversity among its workforce, it’s time that businesses start to scrutinize their recruitment policies.
    Think about the job advert
    Pay attention to the nuances in recruitment communication to ensure what is written is inclusive and unbiased.
    Job adverts should avoid phrases such as “competitive nature” and “aggressively determined” in favor of truthful descriptions of competency, these phrases are also typically ‘male-coded’, so might deter female applicants from applying. Similarly, complex jargon and specialist terms can also overwhelm applicants. Adverts should be as simple and to the point as possible.
    The use of equality and diversity statements in job adverts can aid in creating an inclusive atmosphere from the very start of the recruitment process. One study found that job adverts with an empathetic diversity statement left 71% of potential applicants with a positive impression of the hypothetical employer.
    Similarly, awards such as ‘The Times Top 50 Employers of Women’ can be mentioned on job applicants to reassure minority applicants that they are welcome to apply.
    Blind CV assessment
    The Department for Work and Pensions sent out applications to 1,000 job vacancies with 2/3 containing names typically associated with a certain ethnic group. Results showed that ethnic minority applicants needed to send out 74% more applications in order to generate the same success rate as those with White sounding names.
    Removing names, ages, genders, and postcodes from CVs before they are assessed can remove opportunities for bias to enter the recruitment process. A number of top employers adopt this technique, including the UK’s Civil Service.
    Championing diversity and inclusion is not just about CV blind initiatives. It’s a complex and multifaceted agenda.
    Keeping an eye out for opportunities to learn more about diverse talent pools should be a priority. At Totum Partners, we host a series of successful diversity and inclusion webinars, such as: ‘How to create the most diverse firm in Britain’.
    Inclusive interviewing
    Once a candidate is at an interview, the best way to minimize bias is to combine a number of efforts, there is no magic bullet approach.
    Standardizing the interview questions in a structured manner will allow the employer to focus on the candidate’s skills that will determine their ability to perform the job. Unstructured interviews are difficult to compare, making it more likely that personal factors will infiltrate the hiring decision.
    Sometimes called a “mental shortcut”, affinity bias is common. This means we gravitate towards people who we feel are similar to ourselves. Training modules and workshops are a good way to generate self-awareness of your own biases.
    The importance of succession planning
    Employees should be able to see diversity all the way up an organization. Last month it was reported that 2 in 5 Black employees have left their job because of a lack of diversity.
    Initiatives that only focus on entry-level recruitment leave BME employees without anyone to look up to. Since 2018, among the Fortune 500 boards, of the 974 seats filled by new directors, 80% were by White directors, this is an example of bad succession planning.
    Organizations should consider lateral workplace diversity when looking at how to progress talent internally. Firms that ignore this form of conscious inclusion, will soon be left behind, especially considering the escalating numbers of employees quitting their jobs in the UK in recent months.
    Accountability
    Having awareness of the benefits that diversity brings to the workplace is important, but actions speak louder than words.
    As a recruitment firm, Totum is committed to questioning candidate lists that show a lack of diversity. Feedback on a BME candidate that reads “something was not quite right” needs to be followed up for factual feedback. Too often this behavior goes unquestioned.
    This is embedded into the Race Fairness Commitment that Totum is a part of. The Commitment pledges all members to engage in activities to ensure equal access to opportunities for all candidates.
    Calls for diversity and inclusion will grow louder in 2022. Deloitte’s 2018 Millennial Survey demonstrated that diversity is integral to workplace loyalty, with candidates saying they are more likely to stay with an employer for over 5 years if there is diversity in the workplace.
    Employers must be aware of how to entrench diversity and inclusion into their recruitment policies, or both their business and colleagues will suffer. CV blind assessments, inclusive interviewing, and succession planning should be a staple in any recruitment process in 2022 if businesses want to take this agenda seriously.
    By Deborah Gray, Director at Totum Partners.
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    Why Fintech Firms Struggle to Hire Top Talent

    Fintech is the future of finance. But, with that comes unique challenges when trying to find top talent, especially given how much competition there is in this space.
    Trying to find the right talent is one of the most important tasks for any company, but it is especially difficult given that fintech is a relatively new field. Even though fintech is still in its early stages, it has already redefined every major industry. What challenges is the industry facing?
    Gender diversity remains low
    As a fast-growing, high-growth industry, fintech is expected to transform the global ecosystem, especially the financial sector. The industry currently has a shortage of qualified candidates who possess the right skills and experience to help it continue growing.
    According to statistics from recruitment platform Ward.co, this lack of diversity is even greater among the top teams at fintech firms with major yearly revenue. There are fewer females than males in these companies, which also have fewer female leaders.
    The gender gap is one of the most pressing problems in the financial sector. While many women want to work for fintech companies, far too few are able to get hired.
    Drawing from a diminishing tech talent pool
    Despite this shortcoming, fintech still has made some progress. The industry has managed to draw on resources from other industries like IT and marketing, which are currently facing similar issues.
    One example is how machine learning can play a role in hiring. Fintech firms are currently looking at ways to use this when hiring new employees. This method involves using computer algorithms in order to sift through candidates’ profiles and test their skills, in order to select the most suitable candidates for the job.
    With this technology, it is possible for fintech companies to hire the right people faster than before, particularly the right candidates with the right experience. It is up to them to look for them among the existing pool of candidates available.
    How can fintechs hire top talent?
    Hiring top talent is a challenge that fintech firms must overcome. The industry is still in its early stages, and growth will need to continue as they become more influential in the global financial sector. We’ll discuss three main areas you can optimize in your fintech business to attract the best talent.
    Hiring process
    Fintech companies and employees would benefit from looking for ways to improve their hiring process. This can be done by trying out new technology and drawing from the knowledge of other industries.
    Human resource executives at banks and other financial institutions are grasping for ways to lure their best talent as the sector goes through a high-profile makeover. But as firms race to implement fintech innovations like robo-advisors, blockchain, and machine learning, they may be overlooking important changes in recruiting.
    In the fintech sector as a whole, employers are competing for talent from a growing population of graduates who have been trained in data science and computer programming. It’s a supply-and-demand situation that analysts say has created a “gold rush” for candidates.
    The right kind of training
    The employees who are well trained at your fintech company will do fantastic work, love coming into the office every day, and be the envy of competitors.
    Most people consider training to be something that is done when someone just starts at a new job, and then it ends. However, the truth is that training should be ongoing at your fintech company. The best companies never stop learning and growing, and they bring in new technologies and strategies constantly.
    When you make training a continuous process, not only will your employees come to appreciate it and be more engaged. But it also helps you to stay relevant and up to date with innovation in the world of finance.
    There are many ways that you can use training at your fintech business to attract top talent. Employees want interesting work projects and they also want access to the greatest training resources available in order to do great work for your company. To attract the best candidates, you need to have several training opportunities available for them to participate in. This includes both computer-based training, online training courses, and in-person training programs.
    Competitive salary
    We all know that tech talent is scarce and expensive. More than ever, tech companies are relying on top engineering and tech talent to provide a competitive edge in a crowded market. However, most recruiting professionals agree that offering a competitive salary is a highly effective way of attracting the best and brightest.
    Competitive salaries can be defined in different ways. Factors such as location, experience level, and the employee’s past salary history all affect how competitive your salary offer will be. For some companies, a competitive salary is defined as the highest amount paid by fellow tech companies in a specific area. For other businesses, it can be tied to the median income numbers for a given city or the middle point between the highest and lowest offers from other companies.
    You can attract top tech talent by being transparent with salaries from the start. Many startups make the mistake of keeping salaries confidential which can put workers off from applying for open roles. If you want top talent, you’ll have to pay for it. If you are not able to offer the highest salary in your area, then consider offering benefits that help you remain competitive with similar companies.
    By Carl Poxon of Caspianone Fintech.
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    Checklist: How To Stay Accountable With Your DEI Goals

    Diversity is a journey, not a destination. Improving representation of diverse groups in the workplace is a challenging endeavor and it can take years to achieve. It is essential to tailor your diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to meet your specific business needs, company culture, and local regulations. Below are ten practical steps, with […] More

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    Disclosing a Disability During Your Job Search

    Searching for a new job can be a stressful, anxiety-inducing process for anyone. If you’re one of the 61 million U.S. adults (26% of the population) who suffers from a disability, a job search can be even more complex and worrisome. Are you legally required to share information about your disability in the first place? […] More

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    Ageism in the Workplace: What it Is and What to Do About It

    In recent years, organizations across all industries have made strides when it comes to building diverse and inclusive teams. In fact, companies are increasingly hiring and promoting employees from historically underrepresented groups, and they’re also extending offers to more and more women, who now make up the bulk of the U.S. workforce. But despite this […] More

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    Combating Pregnancy Discrimination in the Hiring Process

    Three-fourths of American women will carry a pregnancy at least once while employed, according to a recent study. With as many as 64% of Americans looking for or considering a new job, it’s reasonable to assume many women will go through the application and hiring process while pregnant.  One concern of expectant mothers is that […] More