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AI, Inclusion, and Efficient Hiring: Adapting to Today's Challenges

Kids are using AI to help them complete assignments, diversity programs are rebranding and we continue to make hiring harder than it needs to be

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In today’s email:

  • Job News: Play offense, not defense with AI. 🥊

  • Overheard at coffee: DEI, IED, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - but don’t smoke cigarettes just to be included at work 👏🏽

  • Trending AI Tools: Create B2B marketing videos easy and fast 🤖

  • Hot Jobs: (keep scrolling down ⬇️)

  • Recruiting Fails: Hiring can be hard when we make it hard 

Job News

The other day, my 6th-grade daughter got a failing grade on an assignment because her teacher said she used AI (like ChatGPT) to write the paper. And yeah, she did. But honestly, I'm proud of her for using tech to her advantage.

When I asked her more about the assignment, she actually had an "okay understanding" of the material but was using ChatGPT to help her grasp it better. So what's the big deal?

This whole situation reminds me of when Google first came out. Teachers and administrators were skeptical about students using Google and then Wikipedia for assignments. Plus, at my first job out of college, only certain employees could have internet access at their desks because they weren't trusted with it. Nowadays, no one thinks like that.

Times have changed since the early days of the internet. Don't play defense with AI and tech; you'll lose. Play offense instead. Learn it, test it, and see how kids are using it. Experts predict that by 2026, 90% of online content will be AI-generated. I don't know exactly what that means for us, but punishing people for learning about AI seems like the wrong move.

Work and how we interact with tech are evolving. We need to adapt to survive, not fight against the changes. I can't stop anyone from using AI for job interviews or writing resumes, but I can learn how they're using it to improve recruiting or online sales.

Sticking my head in the sand and ignoring AI would be foolish. If you're job hunting, see how AI can help. If you're hiring, use AI to improve your interviews and candidate selection.

The internet boom happened about 24 years ago. I can't predict what AI will do or say if it's a boom or bust, but if you don't embrace AI to make your work better, you might get left behind.

As for my daughter, I'm teaching her what I know about AI and encouraging her to learn what's being taught in school and to use AI to enhance her learning.

Overheard at coffee ☕️

First, it was DEI, and now it's IED. For those not in the know, DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. But according to SHRM's CEO, Johnny Taylor, it's now Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, or IED.

Hiring people and including them at work seems like a no-brainer, but some companies really mess it up. I once worked in an office full of smokers, and they never invited me to join them. So, I did what anyone would do—I followed them to the smoker's lounge just to feel included and hang out, even though I didn't smoke.

If you're the HR professional at your company pushing DEI, you're soooo 2022. Call it IED, and you'll be ahead of the curve. Companies are quietly ditching DEI programs, laying off DEI officers, and rebranding to IED.

You shouldn't have to smoke cigarettes to fit in, and forcing everyone to fit into a box isn't healthy either. People are messy and full of biases, and an IED program probably won't fix that. May the best Boeing mechanic who can keep the doors on the airplane, get the job. Too much focus on diversity for the Boeing mechanic job is not healthy. It's okay to speak up and voice your opinion, and hopefully, we can all learn to tolerate each other a little more.

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Recruiting Fails: You make time for what's important. If you wait a week to interview candidates because your schedule is too busy, then you might not actually need to fill the position.

We have a hiring manager who needs to hire someone, but the interview times he's offering are too far out. He claims to be busy, but not interviewing candidates will only make him busier. If you need the help, take 45 minutes out of your day or adjust your schedule to interview candidates.

The same goes for candidates. Yesterday, a candidate applied for a job, and when we emailed to schedule an interview, he said he wasn't available for two weeks. While we'll keep in touch, the job will probably be gone by then.

Hiring can be hard when we make it hard. Open up your calendars, and good things will come.

Do you have recruiting Fail Stories? Reply with your epic fails – we'll feature them. Own your blunders, embrace vulnerability, and let's all level up together.

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