Yes, there is a new app that removes racial bias in tech hiring called Blendoor and it works!
Employment discrimination is problematic in America and is one of the key components in the disparity of employment rates within the African-American community. According to a CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll on race in America, 69% of blacks and 57% of Hispanics say past and present discrimination is a major reason for the problems facing people of their racial or ethnic group and 26% of blacks and 15% of Hispanics said they felt that they had been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity at their place of work.
Stephanie Lampkin, a smart and savvy black woman who became frustrated over the years while working in the tech industry decided to combat employment discrimination by creating an app called Blendoor.
According to Lampkin, “Blendoor is a mobile job matching app that hides the candidates name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias and facilitate diversity recruiting in tech companies. Studies have shown that two identical resumes with only a name difference (i.e., Joe to Jose) can yield 100% difference in the response rate. Their goal is to highlight the information that’s most relevant to a candidate being a “good fit” independent of race, gender, ability, military history or sexual orientation.”
In addition, the app uses company profiles and provides recommendations for skills and career development. Similar to Linkedin and Monster it draws companies that pay a fee to advertise available positions for candidates who subscribe to the service for free.
Stephanie explained her reasoning to create this app was because, “To date there hasn’t been good measurement or tracking around diversity as it relates to recruiter behavior. We will be able to challenge the idea that there is a pipeline problem. There are a diverse number of candidates that are qualified, but they aren’t making it past the phone screen. Our app which is a ‘blind-recruiting platform’ is positioned to help companies make better decisions at the gate.”
So far, the app is getting thousands of inbounds daily from companies within and outside of the tech industry. They are also trying to appeal to people of color 10 to 15 years out of college that have been working in investment or consulting firms that may not be aware of the opportunities at bigger companies.
This is exactly the type of pioneering innovators we need in our society to help minorities in reaching their destiny.