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AI use in hiring means women with employment gaps get overlooked

  • 9 mths ago

AI was intended to make the recruiting process more efficient. Instead, it’s keeping millions of job seekers from being considered 

At a time when many companies are in desperate need of workers, millions of applicants aren’t even being considered for jobs.

Why? The automated hiring programs that filter applications rejecting those applicants early in the process based on employment gaps on resumes, or a missing experience. That’s a big problem for employers when there are more than 10 million jobs open in the U.S. 

As AI has been introduced into the recruiting process in recent decades, software has taken over tasks like tracking applicants, scheduling interviews with candidates and handling background checks. Three-quarters of U.S. employers and 99% of Fortune 500 companies use automated hiring software, a recent report from Harvard Business School and Accenture noted.

Although these programs were designed to help, they might be doing more harm than good, especially when workers are in high demand and overlooked job seekers are becoming discouraged. 

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