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With technology constantly improving, hiring in general has become less and less personal. While it’s hard to argue that technology hasn’t made life easier, it has turned hiring into a tedious task of posting to multiple sources and receiving too many candidates that are just not fit for the job. In a day and age where everything is seemingly done online, why are these job seekers not online? Take, for example, a veteran. He or she has loads of military experience, but often cannot translate that experience into civilian qualifications. Veterans try and search online for jobs, but without knowing what their experience translates to, they often do not know whether they qualify for most jobs. This is where they need assistance in their job search. When hiring for diversity, an extra element must be accounted for: job seeker assistance. Often times, diversity and minority job seekers require additional employment services in the form of one-on-one support from an experienced professional.
There can be a variety of reasons for assistance: lack of home internet, not easily transferrable skill sets, etc. In the veteran example, job seeker assistance allows a veteran’s skills to be translated into civilian qualifications by a skilled professional, allowing employers to better assess the potential veteran candidate. Without the job seeker assistance, we often see veterans apply for jobs they’re not qualified for or not apply to positions where they do meet the criteria. This example is just one diversity group; think about how many other diversity and minority job seekers utilize employment services to garner a fair shot at employment. That means, there’s an entire talent pool of untapped, skilled diversity candidates that you can’t reach through traditional hiring practices.
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