I don’t see a reason to regale you with how women are adversely affected in the job market by lower salaries.

Having worked in search for as long as I did, there is one tendency hiring managers have that adversely affects women attempting to return to the workforce.

The gap in the resume.

Him him Historically, women have been the primary caregiver for their families. Even with both parents at home (with families with two parents), many continue to serve in that role.

Let’s also add that the United States has the highest rate of children living in a single-parent home (23% according to the most recent census released in March 2021), of which women head 80%, and you can see that women have borne the brunt of parenting during the Covid collapse of the economy.

It is important to remember this as vaccinations increase, schools reopen nationally, and women and other caregivers return to the workforce.

It is common for hiring managers and applicant tracking systems to automatically reject resumes with gaps that are too long for their taste.

But has the systems software or the manager been reprogrammed to understand the reality of what 2020 and how it affects women, in particular?

Without intervention by astute HR professionals and others in an organization’s screening decisions, applicant tracking systems will reject otherwise qualified women and, should they get past the software, it will be standard for hiring managers to do that, too. After all, this has been a habit hiring managers have engaged in for years. People forget and women are at greater risk.

Without repetitive reminders to NOT automatically reject candidates whose resumes indicate they been out of work for a year, without software in applicant tracking systems being reprogrammed in the same way, the next year will become difficult for many women in their attempt to return to the workforce.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021 



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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