Sometimes it feels like you’ve seen every application, reviewed countless reference letters, and waded through all your talent pools and yet you haven’t found the right person for the role. How can you not find someone in all those applications?
What if I told you that the person you’ve been searching for hasn’t applied because they couldn’t?
61 million adults in the U.S. live with a disability = 1 in 4 people
*According to the CDC
If 26% of adults have a disability, how many candidates miss out because application accessibility considerations come second?
How do you change that; how do you make sure that each candidate has an equal opportunity to apply to your organisation? You certify that your hiring software is accessible—for everyone.
To better understand what to look for in accessible talent acquisition software, I spoke to Jason Ferreira, iCIMS’ Accessibility Engineer. Jason works within our Centre of Excellence (CoE) to ensure we build products with accessibility in mind. The CoE is comprised of subject matter experts, like Jason, who focus on accessibility, security, and localization. Jason leads our Labs department in internal training and best practices on why accessibility matters in hiring software.
“Accessibility should not be an afterthought,” Ferreira said.
“It needs to be built into your code so that your technology is working for you, not against you.”
It’s Jason’s job to ensure that our hiring software considers all areas of accessibility, such as:
Ferreira puts equal emphasis on building empathy for end users within his team as he does training them to build accessible software. He ensures engineers, testers, coders, and anyone who touches software understand what it means to use tech with a disability. It’s not about checking off boxes; it’s about building a real connection to the UX of all our users. Ferreira says we use our Empathy Lab to help accomplish this.
iCIMS’ introduced its Empathy Lab in 2019 during our eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The lab, which is part of each new hire’s onboard curriculum, is filled with stations geared toward simulating different challenges those with disabilities face in the workplace.
If you’re unsure if your hiring software is built with accessibility in mind, here are a few steps to take.
When each area of your hiring software is built with accessibility in mind, you’ll open your talent pools to every candidate, not just those who were able to complete the application. Your tech should have your back and support the growth and belonging that your culture exudes.
Interested in learning even more about diverse hiring practices? Check out our guide, Decode Diversity: How to Recruit High-Performing Teams. Get your copy here.
With a passion for life-long learning, Danielle McClow got her start in higher education before joining iCIMS as a Content Writer. She holds an advanced degree in classic rhetoric and keeps things cheery around the office with her unique brand of nihilism.