New Study Shows Gender Bias Against Women for “Brainy” Jobs

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Women are less likely seen as good candidates if the job mentions a high degree of intellectual ability, according to a new study. In 3 tests, published in the journal American Psychologist, more than 1,150 participants were asked to refer individuals for a job. Half of the participants were told that the job description required… Read more »

5 Reasons to Use a Text Analyzer for All Your Job Descriptions

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If you are hiring more than 50 people per year, you can benefit in a big way from using text analysis software for your job descriptions. Let me give you 5 examples: 1) To See How Your Job Descriptions Compare to Peers A good text analyzer compares your job descriptions to the industry on things… Read more »

7 Examples of Unconscious Bias in Job Descriptions

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The examples of unconscious bias in job descriptions are rampant. I’ve included 7 of them below. The bad news: your job postings likely have some bias. The good news: it’s easily fixed. What is unconscious bias? An easy definition of unconscious bias is when you unintentionally exclude (and often offend) someone. Unconscious bias in job… Read more »

A List of Offensive (Exclusionary) Words Used in Job Descriptions

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There are a handful of words and phrases that can crush your job descriptions. Use just one of these phrases and you could lose 50%+ of your candidates. These words are considered “exclusionary” by some and just plain offensive by others. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about… Read more »

Gender-Neutral Suggestions for the Top 25 Job Titles That Still Use the Word “Man”

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Many of us are talking about gender-neutral job descriptions these days. But how about gender-neutral job TITLES? Take a look at job boards and news articles and you’ll find that many common job titles still use the word “man” in them. Search Indeed for “salesman” and you’ll find 277 job openings with that title. A… Read more »