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Gender-Balancing Hiring Tools

The Anti-Sexism App Sniffs Out Subtle Bias in Job Post Listings

— April 1, 2016 — Lifestyle
This app lets companies see of their job post is sexist. Created by programmer Kat Matfield, the Gender Decoder is a free tool that searches job listings for subtle gender bias. She was inspired by a 2011 study on gender bias in job advertisements as well as her feeling of "frustration at the gap between theory on bias and practical steps people can take to counter it."

Her solution to sexist job post listings helps companies with the language they use to describe roles. This enables firms to prevent bias in the hiring process. For example, many women feel put off applying to jobs that use 'masculine' language as they feel unqualified. The gender-balanced application tool is already helping several organizations.
Trend Themes
1. Gender-balancing Tools - Opportunity for developing tools that detect and eliminate gender bias in job listings to promote fairness in hiring.
2. Anti-sexism Apps - Opportunity for creating apps that identify subtle gender bias in various contexts, such as job postings, and provide solutions to counter it.
3. Language-based Bias Detection - Opportunity for developing platforms that use language analysis to identify and mitigate bias in various forms of communication, including job advertisements.
Industry Implications
1. Human Resources - Human Resources industry can leverage gender-balancing tools and apps to ensure fair and unbiased hiring practices.
2. Recruitment and Staffing - Recruitment and staffing agencies can adopt anti-sexism apps to provide inclusive and unbiased job listings to their clients.
3. AI and Data Analytics - AI and data analytics industry can explore language-based bias detection platforms to identify and address bias in various data-driven applications, such as recruitment and advertisement.
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