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Eliminating Bias in the Hiring Process with a Focus on Blind Resumes

June 2018

The use of a technique hiding key identifiable information from resumes prior to presenting to hiring managers is a practice also known as blind resumes recruitment in talent acquisition. Blind resume recruitment submissions have increased in practice for companies looking to build diverse candidate slates and manage inherent bias in the initial candidate screenings. While blind resumes recruitment does not create inclusive cultures or inclusive leadership practices it has proven to measurably increase access and improve candidate slates for top talent needs for a growing list of high performing organizations. What’s beneficial about changing certain recruiting and screening methods to be more anonymous is that it diminishes the chances of bias driving initial perceptions of the candidate and can provide all candidates with the chance for a level playing field to compete for roles.

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