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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.



HR and Artificial Intelligence: Why we need to consider diversity now more than ever

This article is inspired by a stimulating discussion at an HR leaders meetup at Odgers Berndtson last week and from listening to this podcast involving Stuart Russell – a pioneering authority on Artificial Intelligence.   AI and why we don’t need to worry As with any buzzword artificial intelligence (AI…

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How AI Cuts Through The Noise In The Talent Pool

New recruiting mechanisms are driving an enormous number of candidates to apply for open positions, and to better search those applicant pools, companies are increasingly turning to AI to take a more data-driven approach to recruitment. Watch Forbes Insights with Nick Shekerdemian.

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TechTalks with Nick Shekerdemian

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Dave Savage talks to Headstart co-founder Nick Shekerdemian to understand more about Headstart, and how our blend of data science and machine learning is helping organisations to transform their hiring process.

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Headstart co-founders make Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list

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Forbes third annual 30 Under 30 Europe list features 300 young disruptors across a diverse list of categories, including entertainment, finance and technology, and includes Headstart co-founders Nick Shekerdemian and Jeremy Hindle.

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Watson Talent Talks with Gareth Jones at HR Tech World Amsterdam

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IBM Global Director David Green turns the Watson Talent Talks mic over to Gareth Jones, CEO of Headstart, at HR Tech World Amsterdam.

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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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Inclusive recruitment without positive discrimination

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It can happen to any of us: you’re pushing for inclusive recruitment, and you’re trying to give disadvantaged candidates a platform, but you end up going too far. Positive discrimination, while seemingly innocent, can be just as damaging to DEI. What is positive discrimination? Positive discrimination might not seem like…

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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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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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The power of offering entry-level jobs with “no experience” required

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Should we expect workforce newcomers to have impressive employment histories? ‘Experienced early talent’ is something of an oxymoron really and, worse, failing to offer entry-level jobs with no experience required might be a barrier to DEI.  Are we setting early talent an impossible brief? We all want to find the…

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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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