Job seekers have many reasons to hide their identity when looking for jobs. Most often, they probably don’t want their employers to know they are looking at other options. But for others, the value of anonymous job seeking lies in bias prevention.
In an article on Fortune.com, Brett Arends explores an unexpected trend of racial bias in the hiring process. The piece suggests that even recruiters who may not be racially bias themselves can fall into this trap. They may make unfair decisions based on the potential bias of their clients.
Lyndsey Gilpin elaborates on 15 data points that show the gender gap in IT. Groups such as Women Who Code (WWCode) are making efforts to bridge this gap. However, there remains clear evidence of bias in the tech hiring process. And this might persuade women and minority job seekers to remain anonymous in the early stages.
For those who don’t want their face or name to be the first impression made on a future employer, avoiding the trends toward social media recruiting is a natural response. If you are concerned about racial, gender, or other prejudices against you, for instance, LinkedIn may not be your first choice in exploring possible employment. You want your skills and experience to speak for you—and that’s not just understandable, it’s something every qualified candidate should hope for.
Anonymity, however, can be a double edged sword. Social media experts point out the importance of including basic contact details in any professional social media profile. And luckily, some job boards, such as ITJobMatch, allow you to weigh the pros and cons of anonymity and proceed as you wish.
It is up to you if you prefer to stay anonymous when searching for jobs or not. ITJobMatch is a tech job board that allows job seekers the choice to post fully anonymous profiles and self assessments. Recruiters and employers can then search and view these assessments with or without your name. This allows your skills and qualifications to make a strong first impression and avoid any hiring bias that may exist.
Features such as this put the power back into the job seeker’s hands. This helps to create more diverse workplaces in the IT industry. It is a real possibility that this ongoing growth of diversity will help to make fair hiring practices the norm.