Eliminating the Bias in Recruitment Industry



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?


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.


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.

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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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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Resume ! Mistakes To Avoid

The resume is the first impression. The Chances of successful job hunt can be increased by avoiding these resume mistakes. Always do proofreading of your resume, use a professional email address. Never lie about your experience.Putting up a photo on a resume is not a professional approach. You can always give a link to LinkedIn. Keep your resume updated with the latest work and experience. Make your resume to showcase your skills in the best possible way.


Job Search (Fact vs Fiction)


There are certain myths about the job search. These are actually fictions which have nothing to do with facts. The job is not a number game. Only applying to qualified jobs will be a good strategy. Recruiters do read your resume, on average, for 6 seconds and it can be more than a page if needed. That’s a misconception that temporary employment is for people with no skills & experience. Another fiction is only the most experienced person will get a job. Soft skills also count.


Overcoming the Challenges of Online Recruitment

E-Recruitment since its emergence widely adopted and practiced worldwide by many organizations. However, there have always been certain challenges and hurdles associated with every new innovative Idea. E-Recruitment being the most trending mechanism for recruitment still faces challenges to overcome. These challenges may affect the efficiency and transparency in e-recruitment. However, no one can deny the importance of e-recruitment and how it has become a part of our daily life. The role it is playing in successful employment is remarkable.  The challenges of e-recruitment reflect the perspectives of employers and candidates both.


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