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Stephen Shearman

Stephen Shearman is a senior talent sourcing specialist for Walmart. His recruiting and sourcing experience included three years at Tyson Foods and 20+ years with the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Service. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree with a focus on corporate recruitment.

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You Don’t Know It, But Women See Gender Bias in Your Job Postings

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Stephen Shearman
Mar 1, 2013, 5:31 am ET

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 9.38.36 AMAre a few gender-themed words in your job descriptions signaling women, unconsciously, to not apply?

A scientific study of 4,000 job descriptions revealed that a lack of gender-inclusive wording caused significant implications for recruiting professionals tasked to recruit women to hard-to-fill positions underrepresented by women.

This study addressed questions such as: do job descriptions that lack feminine-gender words repel female applicants? Could the lack of gender-inclusive wording in your job description influence women to opt out and not apply? Are there gender bias characteristics in your job advertisements? Could the lack of gender-inclusive words actually be perpetuating gender inequality in your organization? keep reading…