Five years of women in tech - are you repsonsible for hiring?
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
To celebrate five years of research into gender diversity in tech, we wanted to provide five key areas that you can focus on to work towards a positive change.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO EFFECT CHANGE RIGHT NOW?
Get your positioning clear - how are you advertising, communicating and interviewing? We've learnt through both our surveys and real-life case studies that the language you use,
your online brand (website and social media) and even down to the very job specs you send to candidates can have a real impact on the number of women applying to your company. Make sure you're using inclusive language to encourage applications from a wide variety of people.
WHAT ARE YOU HIRING FOR?
Understanding what it is you want and what you need can open your eyes to a whole world of
untapped talent. Yes, we all have our wish lists and urgent "must haves" but with the current talent shortage, it may take you just as long to find the "perfect" candidate as it would to cross- train someone who shares your values as a business and demonstrates the ability to learn at
a rapid rate. Take some time to think about areas in which you could support with in-depth training in order to hire for the ability to learn and cultural fit.
FORMAL CROSS-TRAINING SHOULD BE THE HEART- BEAT OF YOUR TALENT ACQUISITION PLANS
Over the years we've seen that approximately 66 per cent of people who work in tech started
out by studying the subject at school or university. HOWEVER, a third has come from other areas of the business, including operations, HR, sales, finance and marketing. If you don't already have a cross-training initiative in place to support developing people in your technology team, then this is something you need to consider if looking to grow your team in the near future.
IT WILL ALWAYS START WITH A CONVERSATION
Finally, there has been a lot of talk about this subject over the past five years. It's not about
having a 50/50 gender split for the sake of it; more importantly it's about realising that our economy will not grow, we will not be able to innovate at the speed we like and we will not be able to deliver if we do not have more talent and resource. Therefore, it is VITAL that we engage and talk about this subject with our colleagues, bosses, friends, daughters, sons, parents, schools and try to reach out to as many people as possible about how great this industry is to work in. It may only be a conversation, but at least it's a start.
GOT A QUESTION?
Get in touch with our team to discuss how you can use the above tips and
more to progress gender diversity in your business and the wider technology community.