Where are female workers being hired most today?
Overall, women are employed alongside men, with 52 percent of women working in management level and professional jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, this equality crumbles when it comes to leadership positions. According to CIO, there are 24 female CIOs in the Fortune 500. That’s just 4.8 percent. This goes across industries: In the legal industry, 45 percent of associates are women, but only 22 percent of partners are women, according to the American Bar Association. There’s a similar trend for women in medicine, academics, and finances, according to the Center for American Progress.
What recruiters should do to recruit female candidates:
According to TrustSphere, women have networks outside of work that are about three times the size of mens’ networks. Recruiters should leverage this, by encouraging female employees at their companies to encourage their female friends to apply to jobs. There are also countless women’s networking groups that are industry specific. Recruiters should find their industry’s network, and get to know the women there. Recruiters have also had success in recruiting at women’s colleges, but the success of this depends on the industry.
What recruiters shouldn’t do to recruit female candidates:
One way to ensure a fair playing ground for candidates is by conducting background checks.