The facts are simple. Diversity is a big issue we’re all united behind.
CEO’s of top companies worldwide have pledged commitment to increase diversity in the workforce. Yet, recruiters and diversity professionals are struggling to keep up with these promises.
These gaps between “realities” and “end goals” offer great journalistic opportunities, and with the strong diversity awakening triggered by many unfortunate 2020 events, the press is keen to get hold on top stories, new data, revolutionary technologies, and latest trends that offer their readers breaking news.
The NYT, like other major media outlets, interviewed our Gal Almog, Talenya’s CEO & Founder, to discover a new AI technology powered by data, that helps professionals in their pursuit of a more diverse workforce. They decided to cover Talenya in an piece headlined Another obstacle to workforce diversity that highlights our technology plus key findings from our latest study.
Written by Lauren Hirsch, reporter for The NYT, February 12 2021.
“As companies try to promote a more diverse workplace, we’ve covered the hurdles they face, real and perceived. Talenya, an artificial intelligence company, analyzed over 10 million résumés and gave us a look at statistics that may explain why recruiters overlook certain job candidates: Women and racial and ethnic minorities appear to undersell their talents.
White men, on average, list 77 skills on their profiles, versus 63 for all women, and less for Black and Hispanic candidates of all genders.
Women, on average, put 34 percent less text than men on their public profiles on sites like LinkedIn when describing their careers and achievements.
The findings may help recruiters conduct searches with a different lens. “If the recruitment process, including everything from job descriptions to interview questions, is focused on competencies and capabilities, companies will be able to open up their aperture to include more talent from different backgrounds,” said Tamika Curry Smith, president of the TCS Group and a board adviser to Talenya. Today, Talenya is launching an A.I. tool that it says sifts through résumés to level the playing field on skills and suggests tweaks to searches so that recruiters can identify a wider pool of qualified candidates”.