The face of the workforce is changing, and businesses are sprouting in support of companies in need of HR solutions to hire top talent. As of 2013, the HR industry is an over $14 Billion industry. Companies are clearly spending money on talent.
But, recruiting and vetting the right people for the job requires HR and hiring processes that not only encourage diversity but ensure it.
Diversity within an organization does more than improve the company's culture; it also improves performance, productivity, and the company's bottom line. Despite a company's best efforts to be inclusive, diversity may not be as simple as quotas or good intentions.
These eight companies and organizations exist to support the hiring efforts of companies. The result is that companies have access to the right person for the job based on qualifications and experience without the added complexity of bias.
GapJumpers provides technology to companies that allow them to host blind job auditions. These auditions allow companies to attract talent, vet talent through screening challenges and remove the possibility of bias based on gender, education, and background. The result is a hiring process from start to finish that gives the applicant his/her best chance and allows the company to hire the person who is most qualified for the job.
They screen applicants for jobs around the world in design, strategy, technology, and marketing/advertising. Some of their clients include Bloomberg, Adobe, SendGrid, and BBC Digital.
Blendoor is a mobile job matching app that helps connect tech companies to qualified women, veteran, and underrepresented minority candidates. With one swipe, recruiters can screen potential candidates, and job seekers can vet relevant opportunities. Whenever there is a match recruiters and candidates will then be able to communicate in the app to move forward in the recruiting process.
They have integrated with social media platforms to make the process easy and seamless.
Gender Economics Lab
Gender Economics Lab, or GEL for short, works with a company's leadership to help build a culture of diversity and inclusion. They develop custom strategies for their clients to implement to ensure that their culture is one that is reflective of their values and commitment to an inclusive and diverse company.
Unitive tracks all decisions made and records data on all applicants and candidates that come through the system. Clients get reports to track improvement of diversity objectives across departments, divisions, and your entire organization. When recruiters and hiring managers use Unitive to post jobs, collect resumes, and review candidates, they receive reminders of proven techniques to attract and retain a diverse talent pool, alerts real-time the moment they're most likely to exhibit bias, and education on ways to side-step bias.
The Opportunity Fund is a part of General Assembly, an online learning platform for technology. Opportunity Fund is a philanthropic fellowship program that provides hands-on education, mentorship, and career opportunities to underrepresented groups across the globe. Through partnerships with influential people and companies, they offer scholarships for entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers.
Open Diversity Data is a platform that publishes data from companies who opt-in to sharing their employees demographic information. They operate with the goal of making it easier for everyone to understand better the diversity landscape and work toward solutions. All data collected is reported in aggregate and anonymous.