Recruiting Female Tech Candidates Starts with the Job Description

“Removing bias in the workplace takes conscious and consistent effort from everyone on the team,” Bennett says. “Company leaders must take on the responsibility of demonstrating values they want reflected throughout the organization, because an inclusive culture begins with inclusive leadership.”

Extra Tips and Tricks

For women looking to make a career change or to get into the tech industry without a traditional computer science degree, Handshake offers these tips:

  • Learn to code. From real-life boot camps and online coding academies to completely free subreddits[8], there’s no shortage of ways to inspire your passion!
  • Finesse your “elevator pitch.” This should cover your skills, qualifications, and past projects and how your nontraditional academic experience can serve as an asset.
  • Try your hand at industry networking. Consider plugging in to online forums (like Reddit) or groups (like Facebook) for aspiring software engineers.
  • Enroll in computer science courses anyway. Who says you can’t learn about computer science as an HR professional or recruiter? Explore computer science in a classroom setting, and take advantage of the resources you’re given there. The professor or teacher’s assistant whom you connect with during office hours might be a useful reference down the road.
  • Earn practical experience. Volunteer your time at related charitable organizations like Social Coder, Benetech, or donate:code.


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