Yes, Stay At Home Parents And Older People Are Being Actively Recruited - Here's Why
Retirees and stay at home parents are just a couple of the previously untapped talent pools now sought by companies.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, companies are also reaching out to candidates with disabilities, waiving criminal background checks, scrapping excessive skills/educational requirements, and offering an abundance of perks like working from home and flexible hours to attract candidates.
So, what sparked this sudden interest in Diversity and Inclusion?
Alas, it wasn't a sudden realization that teams with diverse experiences really do perform better.
With the unemployment rate nearly at a 50-year low, companies are facing what they call "a talent crisis." #ItsTheEconomyStupid
Obviously, at PowerToFly, we're thrilled to hear about companies taking Diversity & Inclusion initiatives more seriously, but when the motive is as fickle as the economy and a trade-war with China is brewing, we have our doubts about whether these programs will last.
After all, similar policies adopted in the late 90s were swiftly abandoned when the dot-com bubble burst.
So, tell us what you think in the comments below — will companies maintain their D&I initiatives and recruiting programs if the economy takes a turn for the worse? Or if the job market favors employers once more, will they revert to their old practices?
P.S. If you're looking for a job, make sure to take advantage of this applicant's market — we've got thousands of great jobs just waiting for you to apply (and plenty of employers eager for talented applicants like you!).
The pandemic's impact on collaborative software company Quip's technical recruiting team started slowly.
First, their roster of engineering interviewers started to dwindle as rising concerns about COVID-19 led some of them to start working from home in January and February, remembers technical recruiter Grace Kim. "We needed to rethink how we conducted our onsite interviews with a limited pool," she says.
Brittany Boardman went to her first interview with Stack Overflow without expecting much.
"I'm not technical, I'm not an engineer. And I wasn't necessarily looking [for a new job]. But Stack just blew me away," says Brittany of her first exposure to the company behind the world's largest and most trusted software developer and technologist community. "The people I met that day seemed like they genuinely liked coming to work. There was this cohesive belief in what the company was doing. I was converted pretty quickly after that interview—Stack was somewhere I wanted to join."
7 Tips from SoftwareONE's Khristy Young
Khristy Young is used to working hard.
She came to the U.S. from the Philippines at 19, computer science degree in hand, and landed her first job in tech, working in frontline support, at 21.
Balancing two full-time jobs — as a mom and [insert your title here] — has never been easy. Add to that the stress of the holiday season and a global pandemic, and your brain may well feel ready to explode.
If you're feeling overwhelmed these days, you're not alone. Hear how Ping Del Giudice, Director of Revenue Operations at Chainalysis and mother of two, has been coping amidst the chaos. (Spoiler alert: she's perfected her multitasking skills.)
What are your best work-life integration tips during this challenging time? Let us know in the comments.
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