From SaaS to IoT, it’s safe to say that tech loves an acronym.
However for those trying to break into the industry, not being able to decipher job descriptions due to a liberally used litany of jargon can be incredibly off-putting.
So says Bríd McMahon, Country Manager at Integral Ad Science. Speaking during a panel discussion at the recent Dublin Tech Summit, McMahon shared that in her experience, going back to basics at the recruitment stage can make all the difference when attracting talent, especially when it comes to underrepresented groups such as women.
“In previous companies I've worked with, looking after recruitment and how we were sourcing and attracting talent in the first place, really simple ideas like taking a look at the job descriptions, or the specification and removing jargon, which if you look at any job description, can be very complicated, very dense, very off-putting for underrepresented groups in particular and looking at the number of requirements,” she explained.
“Do you really need seven or 10 bullet points for minimum requirements? Can you reduce it down to the three most essential things?”
While promoting a more diverse workforce and recruiting more women into tech is essential to close the gender gap, a recent report from the European Parliamentary Research Service highlights how encouraging more women into tech would also help to close the talent gap—55% of EU companies had difficulty recruiting ICT specialists in 2019.
Encouraging more women into tech isn’t just about quotas or optics, it makes financial sense too. Separate data from McKinsey estimates that if Europe were to increase the share of women in the tech workforce to about 45% by 2027, it could increase the GDP from €260 billion to €600 billion.
A view McMahon also shares: “It's also catching these people before they even enter into the job market, We build a lot of things on unconscious biases, especially as we go into secondary school. build people's confidence so they can understand what STEM actually means, that it's really quite varied. So getting all of that exposure as well for the younger stage to start earning.”
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