While job referrals can help a company find a candidate more quickly, they could hurt corporate diversity in the long run, as women and minorities are less likely to receive a job referral than their white male counterparts, a PayScale report indicates. The study found that nearly 44% of all referred candidates were white men, while only 22% were white women.
Employers should simplify the application process and consider incentives, such as temporary housing for candidates unwilling to relocate, Bridget McCrea writes. Increase retention rates by assuring hires of their value and assigning fulfilling tasks, says Beverly Kaye of Career Systems International.
Recruiters on LinkedIn need relevant keywords, starting with the company name section, writes Susan Joyce, publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Use standard titles when posting jobs and include keywords in the job description.
Business organizations, charities and other groups are looking for public speakers, and appearing at these events can help you make connections with potential clients, consultant Edward Martin writes. To make this strategy successful, it's important to have a specific goal in mind and to find opportunities to practice.
Zume Pizza in Menlo Park, Calif., uses an algorithm to predict how many pizzas it will sell each day and uses robots to handle routine tasks, reducing labor costs and allowing the company to offer perks to its human employees, including health benefits and tuition reimbursement. "We have pizza prep cooks that are learning programming and delivery guys that are learning data science," said Zume co-founder Julia Collins.
Swiss food innovator Erika Marthins is researching "the potential of integrating data information into food" as part of her studies at ECAL, a Swiss design school. Marthins' prototypes include an edible chocolate record that plays sounds and an animated dessert that features edible robot technology.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlights a female scientist each Wednesday in the university's Endeavors online magazine. Catherine Chen, a second-year Ph.D. biologist who was recently featured, says most of the other doctoral candidates in her program are female, but most of the professors are male, while fourth-year Ph.D. mathematician Katrina Morgan says she is the only woman in her program and often feels isolated.
Students in a Massachusetts middle school recently participated in the MIT Women's Initiative, which sends volunteers into schools to speak with middle- and high-school girls about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The eighth-grade girls were urged to pursue their dreams.
Five of the seven planets orbiting the TRAPPIST-1 star have vastly more water than Earth -- roughly 250 times more -- a study published in Astronomy and Astrophysics suggests. "We were able to measure precisely the density of exoplanets that are similar to Earth in terms of their size, mass and irradiation, with an uncertainty of less than 10%, which is a first and a decisive step in the characterization of potential habitability," said study co-author Brice-Olivier Demory.
Heavy volcano activity in what is now India caused extreme climate changes that killed a number of species right before the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs hit 66 million years ago, a study published in Geology suggests. Researchers examined ancient lake sediments in northern China that show evidence of a temperature increase, which suggests that most of the area's species became extinct after the volcanic activity and before the asteroid collision.
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