Eliminating the Bias in Recruitment Industry

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Individual bias is developed based on social environment, culture, upbringing and moral values. At times, we get negative vibes from a person for no justified reason. Unconsciously these feelings impact our judgments. The point is, without even realizing, such feelings result in wrong decisions. The responsibility of taking the right decision changes in professional life, especially when you are a part of the hiring team. Because the consequences of the wrong decision affect the entire organization in terms of money, time and productivity.

 

Identification Factors

The identity discrimination should be removed from all the resumes prior to review by the hiring managers. Talent is beyond gender, location, nationality, age, and religion. The assessment of the resumes is supposed to be regardless of these identity priorities. In order to implement a transparent and fair recruitment system, these biased factors have to be eliminated.

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I own my resume! Rigth?

The question might seem a bit strange and I can already hear you say: “me of course!”

But not so in Recruiterland

An entire multi-billion dollar industry has been built on the trade in résumés. Companies who work with third-party recruitment agencies to attract new employees, pay these agencies the so-called “finder’s fee” for each successful hire. Fees range from 15 up to 30% of a yearly salary (and in some cases even more). In case of a successful hire, the agency that first introduced the candidate to the company will be entitled to the commission. This is how the battle over résumés began and the reason why there are so many recruitment agencies today; it’s big business.

There is a lot of money to be earned with résumés and it’s a very competitive market so if you have been wondering why certain agencies are kind of aggressive in their approach and are trying to pressure you to accept job offers, this is the reason why. Don’t be fooled and make sure you stay in control of your own résumé and be picky about who you trust.

One might question the added value of intermediate agencies anyhow. Examples like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb and many others have shown that there are different ways. And to be honest, imagine what the effects on an organization could be if instead of having to spend all this money on fees for recruitment agencies, companies could spend it on training and development plans for employees. Wouldn’t that be a better investment?

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But who can you trust? You can ask yourself a couple of questions:

  1. Are they transparent?
  2. Do they give you the company name and a precise job description? If they don’t, it’s because they are afraid that you apply directly to the company and in that case, they would miss out on the commission in case the company would hire you.
  3. Do they show interest in you when you describe to them what it is that you are looking for or are they just trying to sell you a job in for example sales because that is what you have always done before?
    If they don’t listen to what you have to say, they only care about getting you into another sales function because that is where there will be the highest chance of a match, meaning, yes, commission.
  4. What’s in it for you?
    If you decide to send them your résumé, what will they do for you? What is the service that you will receive from them?
  5. Are they making salary suggestions to you that sound a bit over the top to you?
    Again, think about the 15-30% of the yearly salary that they will get when they succeed in getting you to sign a contract.

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At BrightOwl we ensure you that you are still in charge of your résumé. Check this out!

  1. We provide a transparent platform, where companies can look for you for you, the Expert, and where you, can browse through jobs. Companies can browse through your blinded profiles. A blinded profile includes all the information you fill out on you profile EXCEPT: your name, profile picture, and current/previous employer.
  2. If you look for a job on our platform you will always see the precise job description and company name. When you open a full job description, you get redirected to the company’s website.
  3. We have an online platform that looks for the best match with your profile. You can also add a few keywords to narrow down your search.
  4. When you are interested in a job, you can like/favorite it. When a company also shows interest in your profile, they can send you a contact request. Only when you accept their invitation, your contact details will be shared and further steps can be taken.
  5. Our tool is a third party, that connects Experts and companies in life science all over the world. We don’t have any interference in salary negotiations. Our job is to match you with the job, you are looking for. And a company with the Expert they are looking for.

Automation and AI for Recruitment and the World

 

Automation and AI

Exciting for many, scary for possibly even more.

 

First, let’s define automation; changing human labor with machines, computer, and software. This is mainly driven economically. The sum of labor and raw material is smaller with automation after an initial investment as automation increases the levels of speed, consistency, and precision of the process.

 

The fact is, that industrial automation has been used for years. One of the best examples being the Henry Ford assembly line of the Ford Model T that was finalized as early as 1913. This resulted in a faster production time, thus being able to produce more.

 

Industrial automation was only the start and excelled when the computer started to take over the world opening up the possibility to create more complicated but more powerful ways to automate. With this, AI’s and Software start to take over or speed up some processes in companies today.

Let’s take recruitment as an example.

AI’s are relieving a huge burden by automating the low-level tasks and provide data to the decision maker, who at this moment in time is still a human. It can help them find candidates in the first place but also decide who they want to invite to have a personal conversation. CV’s are both a blessing and a curse for talent acquisition. They hold all the basic information a recruiter needs to know in order to create a first image of the applicant but it can be very time-consuming.

platform that helps the companies create a profile of what they want, to match the profile of a candidate is the perfect tool to speed up the process.

 

These new technologies are a bit of a double-edged sword, however. Some only see the destruction of jobs. Others see the creation of new functions and possibilities. Most people see both.

 

Personally, I can only be excited about what the future has in store for Machine Learning, AI, and automation in general. And it is very much still the future for most industries. It’s in our nature to stick to what works and what we believe or have experienced to work.

Some people shy away from this instead of embracing it and try to “ride the wave” to speak. I think that is important to remember. Some forget there is a middle ground. You don’t have to be the creator or innovator. If you have that ambition, knowledge, or skill then, by all means, go for it. But don’t see it all black and white. Learn about it, learn to work with it. Being a follower is more than okay.

 

I’ll leave you with some quotes that sum up everything I tried to say in this conclusion:

 

“Innovation is the change that unlocks new value”
– Jamie Notter

 

“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, just to attach it to a new wagon”
– Mark McCormack

 

 

BrightOwl Statistics

An interactive chart that displays interesting statistics about Expert behavior over the last 2 weeks.

RECRUITMENT CHALLENGES IN 2018

People change. This is 1 fact we are certain of. When people change, their interests, values and ideas change with them. They reinvent and reformulate their values and goals. And this affects the recruitment market.

 

The first challenge we see is that people, who are looking for a job, have more power. And they are well aware. The ones, that have a new employer a lot to offer, have high salary expectations right from the start.
Skilled people looking for a job are like single women. They want to be ‘hunted’. They want a guy to put in an effort for them. For job searchers, it’s the same idea. They often have several interested parties, that want to hire them. So, they play them out against each other. And the highest bidder wins.

 

On the other hand, we lack really skilled people. Although technically skilled people. Introducing the second trend. These days it’s harder to find the right match. Just like people, technology evolves and right now… The business is BOOMING more than ever.
Companies need to focus internally. They need to start educating and investing in their own staff instead of firing them when they become unqualified. Because firing costs money and then they need to find a new employee, where they have to invest in any way. So why go through the trouble of finding a new employee while you can invest in a talent of your own.

 

Third challenge: be attractive! People are spoiled. People expect more from everything. Their coffees need to be the bigger the better, accompanied by a (preferably) a homemade piece of cake. When they go to the supermarket, they expect there to be tasters. Your challenge as a recruiter is to surprise them with something. If you don’t, they won’t be interested in you or the company that you are representing.

 

Challenge 4: be visible! People need to know you are hiring. The traditional hiring process is dying. If you want to be noticed, make sure you are visible to your audience at least once a day. What does your audience check every day? SOCIAL MEDIA. This is quite new to everybody but crucial. The challenge is to shift your focus to social media channels and to get noticed in the billions of posts.

 

And last, but not least. The fifth challenge: the job title ‘Recruiter’ is changing. A recruiter this day also has to be a marketer and a product manager. It is your job to make a vacancy attractive and to make it personal.

 

So, let’s sum up the challenges one last time. The traditional recruiting system is dying. Shift your focus and bring your A game! Be different by surprising your audience and keep it personal.

Privacy Control in Digital Job Search

Since the early age of digital job search, the biggest concern of job seekers was the privacy of confidential data. Although the advanced privacy control options have been introduced over the passage of time ,somehow it still remains questionable?

Not every Job website is trustworthy. There are job sites which are not for real jobs listing but aimed to collect personal information. Such spam websites can sell profiles data, misuse them or make it public. Be picky where you are posting a resume. It’s not merely random content; it’s your work profile, your unique identity.

 

 

As far as professional ethics are concerned, privacy should be the first priority of every jobs website. Unfortunately, digital job search comes with risks. All you can do is, be very careful, where, how and under what privacy control you are posting your resume.

Here are few tips on how to control and secure your resume from spammers and identity thieves.

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New developments in the Recruitment Industry for 2018

2017 Was a good year in Recruitment. We saw that organizations who focus on candidate experience, improve their quality hires with 70%. But what are the trends for this year? We speculate the following:

 

  1. Video Assessment.
    Video assessment interviews from home will become more mainstream and are on the rise ever since early 2017. It’s more cost-effective and you get a better sense of the candidate when you see him/her on video, live answering your questions. It can help judge soft-skills and it the candidate will fit into the culture of your company.
  2. AI & Machine Learning.
    New and improved tools and software will further develop in 2018, and make life easier for recruiters worldwide. Algorithmic tools can help passive and active candidates to further advance their career path and it can help recruiters to source the right people in a more productive way. We at BrightOwl, feel this is the right move for many, and have developed such tool.
  3. Hiring Decisions Will Remain Humanized.
    Although new tool can help recruiters, they will not replace them. Modern programs can definitely help to create an image of the candidate, it still lacks that human touch that is so hard to describe. That being said, these tools are mandatory for the 21-century recruiter.
  4. Physical Health Encouragement shifts too Mental Health.
    Fitness and physical health institutes were promoted all around, also in the office space. While that probably won’t go away anytime soon, more companies will start to actively promote their policies about mental health, spirituality and mindfulness. This trend will certainly not only rise in the office setting. But in order to create the best possible environment for their employees, companies will have to go along with what they demand to a certain degree.
  5. Remote working possibilities.
    Remote working will continue to rise in 2018 and many years thereafter. Part of this has to do with recruiting possibilities and tools that make it easier for both parties involved to have a faster and simply better way of discovering each other and creating that first contact. Another reason for remote working possibilities is the fact that some companies prefer to work with independent companies or freelancers for smaller, temporary projects. Lastly, employees appreciate the possibilities to work 1 or 2 days a week from home so they don’t have to travel to the office, saving time in the process.

Job Search Issues

Are you unemployed and looking for a job? Ever wondered why it’s so hard to get a job? Although we see there are so many openings every single day. Still, we can’t find the one that matches our skills. Do you get a feeling like your resumes are just going in to trash without being read? These are the questions a job seeker goes through. This is the disappointment phase when you get no response despite applying to several jobs for weeks. Millions of people around the globe are struggling for a job right at the moment.

 

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Career Building Tips

Career

For successful Career building, it’s important to love what you do. Passion and dedication are the keys. A few tips are here to help you.

  • Never stop learning. One can never be too expert to stop learning.
  • Be aware of your skills and talent.
  • Always identify your goals.
  • Stay focus on your timeline.
  • Networking and active social media contacts will help you connect to potential people.
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