When she started her career in tech, Melissa James was often the only black person — and the only woman — in the room.
The fact is that many hiring managers see a name and instantly get an idea of who that person is and what their background means. To counter this phenomenon, Melissa James created a software system to help companies « hire blindly. »
Melissa’ program removes the candidate’s name from the resume. It also removes where they went to school and their current location. Those details are replaced with their core skill set, where they’ve worked in the past, and the character strengths they bring to the table. This, she believes, will help increase hiring diversity for these companies.
Just last year, Apple came under fire for the lack of diversity on its leadership board. White men made up 72% of all leaders. Today, 28% of Apple’s leaderships roles are held by women, 6% by Latinos, and just 3% by black leaders.
Apple isn’t the only company struggling with diversity issues, though. Just about every major tech company in America, from Google to Facebook, is struggling to find the balance between men and women in the workforce.
But Melissa James’ software is a push in the right direction.