This month saw the World Dyslexia Awareness Day (on 7th October) as part of the European Dyslexia Awareness Week. What are the challenges for suffers of dyslexia working in digital tech roles and what can hiring managers and recruiters do to support this talent. Despite dyslexia being viewed as a disability it can give talent working as software engineers or developers an advantage. Despite many dyslexic sufferers having difficulty with basic reading and writing they do have an ability to more easily troubleshoot computer code because they can often see the complete system and visualize solutions more quickly than most ordinary coders.
Why Dyslexics Make Good Developers.
Many dyslexics gravitate to certain jobs and they are over-represented in professions such as software engineering as well as artists, architects, entrepreneurs and scientists for example. Throughout their education dyslexia sufferers often use different coping tactics one of which is the use of mind maps where they use visual drawings to separate components of a task into a single overview. This enables them to visualise whole problems with a single view and such strategies enable them to become adept at system analysis and software design roles.
Providing Talent Support.
Many dyslexia sufferers received support to enable them to complete their education but once they enter the work environment some things can be particularly challenging. Even writing a resume or completing an application can present major issues. Employers and human resources can provide a certain level of support once a talent has informed them of their dyslexia. Advice can be obtained from the numerous support organisations including the British Dyslexia Association who provide an easy to follow step by step workplace adjustment process to assist dyslexic talent.
Aside from reinforcing an organisations commitment to diversity and avoiding bias an awareness of dyslexia can help identify some great potential talent. Research would suggest that some of the top digital tech talent will come from those suffering from dyslexia so any help and assistance that human resources can provide is going to ensure that top talent is considered and not ignored. Using the latest hiring tech tools can help to avoid any bias and maintain diversity targets by removing human bias often seen in the recruitment and selection process.
One such company who are game changing the face of recruitment by providing a robust process to deliver more efficient recruitment is Hire Digital. A start-up recruitment company with a global presence that has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage the digital tech recruitment process. Their talent management ATS software platform gives digital talent recruiters a strict criterion for posting job adverts and descriptions and their AI works in such a way that it generates a much smaller more targeted candidate list by using up to 40,000 attributes. They key to this is efficiency, recruiters spend less time generating job advertisements and trawling through hundreds of CV’s to get their shortlist, Hire Digital tech can rapidly access up to 1bn talent globally.
Hire Digital is an AI technology with a human touch that is completely revolutionising the recruitment and selection process. It’s two times faster, 50 % cheaper and ten times more accurate than traditional hiring tech. To find out more speak to Robin Brohl at Hire Digital he is a real person and would love to engage with you and help you streamline your recruitment processes.