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August 27, 2014

In case you didn’t know, I am a woman.

Yes, most of my posts reference sci-fi, comic book heroes, and my many failed attempts at mastering Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, making my gender glaringly obvious.

But just in case you had any doubts left, I wanted to clear things up.

I am woman, hear me laugh like Marge roar.

We recently welcomed another female member into the Jobcast fold, making our core team an even 50/50 split of men to women.

This is a pretty rare thing for our industry.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Our founders, Ryan and Johnny, know a thing or two about recruiting. They’ve both been working in the field of HR Tech for over thirteen years, and their experience has helped them to find, and recruit qualified female talent.

Why does this even matter?

Diversity makes teams stronger, women on staff can provide insights into female customers, and according to research out of MIT and Carnegie Melon, having women on a team makes it smarter!

Today’s links are all about how to recruit women.

Let’s start with something controversial!

Fast Company shares an interview with author Vivek Wadhwa, Calling Silicon Valley Out on Its Gender Problem.

You’ve probably heard the stat:

Women will only apply for jobs if they meet 100% of the qualifications. – Click to Tweet

In comparison to men who will apply if they meet 60% of a job ad’s stated qualifications. This info is often used to suggest that women need to put more faith in themselves.  But Tara Mohr provides a more complex, and researched back explanation for the phenomena, which will help you better understand why more women aren’t applying for your jobs.

After learning more about the female applicants’ psychology, here are some straight up tips for recruiting and retaining women in tech. This advice is actually applicable to any field, but when it comes to gender diversity, tech needs all the help it can get!

The last article I’m going to share isn’t about recruiting women, or gender diversity. HR expert, and Chief Writer at blogging for jobs recently published what she calls, The Hardest Blog Post I’ve Ever Had to Write.

This article deals with an issue that is very important for women in the workplace, but is rarely discussed: bereavement policy and miscarriages.

Jessica’s writing is brave, bold, and an essential part of the gender diversity dialogue.

Thank you for reading, and happy link loving from the guys and gals at Jobcast.