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Responsiblr seeks to add “radical transparency” to hiring, bridge the pay gap

Despite much progress toward racial and gender justice, there are still unconscious biases that effect hiring and salaries. Responsiblr is a new hiring platform that hopes to level the playing field and correct the pay gap by providing a “radically transparent” hiring process.

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Conscious and unconscious bias

If you are a woman and/or a person of color, you’ve probably already experience job discrimination. Let’s face it – it’s harder for women and members of racial minorities to get hired, especially in the tech industry. When they do get hired, they are often paid less for the same work as their white male counterparts. Despite much progress toward racial and gender justice, there are still unconscious biases that effect hiring and salaries.

While these disparities obviously harm women and people of color, they also deprive industries of untapped talent.

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Radically transparent

Responsiblr is a new hiring platform that hopes to level the playing field and correct the pay gap by providing a “radically transparent” hiring process. On Responsiblr, job seekers’ resumes are anonymized so that employers can’t see their name or any indicators of their age, gender, or race. The result is that candidates will be judged on their merits alone, free from biases, intentional or unintentional. This will lead to a diversification of the workplace in the tech industry.

Because their “mission is to make a social impact,” Responsiblr is offering competitive, affordable fixed rates and 0% commission to employers, so that they will have “no excuse not to use us.” And the site will, naturally, be free for job seekers.

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Competitive job hunting intelligence

When you submit a resume on Responsiblr, it is instantly anonymized, including hiding the fact that you posted a resume from your current employer. Next, your resume is pushed to all of the employers in the city. Then Responsiblr circles back with “real-time, contextual salary data” and “competitive job hunting intelligence” to help you with the job search process. With salary data in hand, you will know whether or not a potential employer is offering you a fair deal.

Eliminating racial and gender bias in employment is a long road, but Responsiblr offers the beginnings of a solution to “make sourcing completely bias-free so that more people can get their foot in the door.”

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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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