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The Headstart blog is a collection of original weekly content designed to provide recruiters with inclusive early talent-hiring practices. Allowing hiring managers to spur their organization's diversity recruiting efforts with forward-thinking resources, expert guidance, and innovative HR tech.

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HR Insights

The Headstart blog is a collection of original weekly content designed to keep inclusive early talent-hiring at the top of your 'To Do' list. Stop your organization from overlooking diverse future leaders, fuel your DEI strategy, and triumph in the boardroom armed with up-to-date info.



Resume Screening: Tips for Recruiters to Tackle an Impossible Task

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Resume screening is an essential but often thankless task – particularly when you’re dealing with hundreds of applications for a single position. Most recruiters use a mix of screening techniques. But it’s often the resume that guides decision-making and determines the fate of a candidate more than anything else. Why…

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8 Good Phone Screening Questions for HR Managers

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Applications are in — time to start filtering candidates. Phone screening helps you learn more about the person behind the resume and it aids you in whittling down numbers for the next stage of the recruitment process. This screening stage is essential and can help you avoid unnecessary face-to-face interviews…

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Social media screening for employment: invasive or insightful?

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Technology has made checking the digital footprint of potential hires easier than ever. Just type in a name to any social media platform and – privacy settings permitting – you have a wealth of candidate information at your fingertips. Research shows that 70% of companies use social media screening during…

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Why candidate screening is the gateway to successful recruitment

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Recruitment is becoming increasingly competitive, with companies paying close attention to their outreach, pipelines, and onboarding. But candidate screening often receives little more than cursory attention. So, what is so important about candidate screening, and why should you care? What is candidate screening? Candidate screening is the process of whittling…

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Social mobility and problems with the student recruitment process

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Here at Headstart, we’re passionate about improving social mobility. We want to find ways to champion underprivileged candidates — people who may not have a protected characteristic but struggle to access the same opportunities as more privileged peers. We recently hosted a social mobility panel discussion with recruiting experts Rowena…

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The organizational cost of a bad hire — and how to fix it

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So, you’ve got the feeling you made a bad hire — recruitment can be a delicate process, but what do you do when it has gone wrong? With the cost and impact of a bad hire stretching right across the business, you need to act soon. What happens when you…

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What is conscious leadership, and how can it help make recruitment more equitable?

What is conscious leadership

Hard as you might try, it’s very difficult to build an inclusive organization without switched-on leaders who are committed to conscious leadership. And we’re not just talking about the people in upper management positions. You’ll make your recruitment efforts fairer and more equitable if you have conscious leaders at all…

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Why creating a DEI team is only half the battle

You know that focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion is important for your company. You’ve probably seen the stats a million times already. Having a diverse workforce is essential if your business is going to thrive, not to mention being the right thing to do for your staff. As leaders,…

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Experts talk: hiring (and championing) neurodivergent grads

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Even in the context of DEI, neurodiversity is rarely discussed. Is neurodivergent hiring at risk of being overlooked, especially for early talent? Here’s what our experts had to say… Neurodivergent representation in today’s workplace We’re going to put this plainly: neurodivergent talent has a hard time entering the workforce. In…

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Autism at work: achieving inclusion for a spectrum of needs

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The autistic community represents a wealth of un- and under-utilized skills. It’s in everyone’s interest to change that — making workplaces across the world more inclusive for those with autism. Inclusion and autism — are you doing enough? Autism is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACA). According to this…

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COVID means far fewer applications for early talent roles

If you’ve been hiring during the COVID pandemic, you’ll know that the landscape has changed considerably over the last couple of years — particularly when it comes to graduate recruitment. Let’s look at the effect COVID-19 has had on early talent applications and what you can do to increase your…

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Forming your talent retention strategy in the Great Resignation era

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Hiring managers are tasked with finding the best talent, but are these shining stars shooting in and then right back out of your business? Early hiring decisions can be an integral part of your talent retention strategy. Let’s explore how hiring for potential can help you find — and keep…

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Equality, women and work: damage control in 2021

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COVID-19 has shut borders, closed businesses, and undone decades of progress for working women. Your business may have been top of the class for gender equity pre-2020, but take your eye off the ball now, and the results could be irreversible. 1: Today’s landscape 2: Achievements so far 3: Helping…

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Gender equality in the workplace — lessons for 2021 and beyond

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Gender inequality can be an entrenched issue in the office. It reveals itself in pay grade differences, lack of representation at senior level, and sometimes — incredibly —  minimal intervention against gross misconduct. Reaching gender equality requires radical action in organizations. Here’s what you need to know… HR’s role in…

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