With more than half a million IT jobs open in the U.S. alone at any point in the year, the tech industry struggles to find enough skilled workers for open positions. Often, because of high demand, companies hiring for IT positions resort to poaching—hiring talent away from each other to fill their IT needs—instead of finding new talent to bring into the industry.
As you compete for talent, it helps to widen the scope of who you consider a qualified candidate, but when recruiting new talent, you don’t want to inadvertantly discourage applicants from a variety of backgrounds because your IT job postings contain biased language.
Unconscious bias around race, age, ability status, and gender can limit your company’s appeal to potential candidates. As an employer, you can take steps to recognize and reduce biases during recruitment. But where should you start? How can you help hiring managers from the IT department do the same?
This guide answers these and other questions about recruiting a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce.