The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that as employers begin to hire again, their talent management strategy needs to include making the recruiting process accessible to all potential workers. An estimated 15-20% of the population has a disability that can impact their use of technology, so making online recruiting accessible is particularly important.
In Making Recruiting Sites Accessible to All, a suggested plan is outlined:
- Obtain leadership’s commitment and accountability.
- Perform an inventory of external, internal and social media platforms used for recruiting purposes to ensure that all sites are accessible to internal and external applicants. “Your LinkedIns, your Facebooks, your Twitters all need to be looked at,” she said.
- Evaluate all careers sites and forms by doing accessibility risk audits. This will give you an initial analysis, she said.
- Start a detailed requirements analysis.
- Send report findings with recommendations to leadership and keep them in the loop regarding challenges.
- Identify a prioritized list of defects, deliverables and enhancements.
- Build a reoccurring, sustainable testing plan.
- Launch integration and rollout plans.
- Track and train personnel and test on a continuing basis.
In addition, Earnworks offers a variety of employer resources to help assess and address accessibility issues, including the Accessible Systems Racing League (ASRL), an easy-to-use tool that highlights barriers job seekers and employees with disabilities might face when trying to access a company’s career site or other online HR recruiting and hiring tools and systems.