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Guest Post: As one of the few female tech CEOs in Boston, I feel a tremendous amount of pressure to hire a diverse team. I fully believe that diverse teams are better teams. As a female CEO I thought it would be easier for me to find strong female candidates than other male founders, but historically, we have received 95% male applicants for all job postings which has led to a male-dominated team.

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It’s the classic Catch 22 situation hiring teams find themselves in. You have a referral program in place with a bonus included for your open software engineering and account executive roles. After launching the program you start seeing an overwhelming boost in referrals but those account executive referrals are not up to par. It’s almost a complete waste of time to even sift through them.

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The Drafted Slack Bot is the best place to make referrals and keep employee engagement at an all-time high. People like to use Slack to quickly make a referral. Included in the Slack referral form are options for how the referrer would like the talent team to reach out to the referral. We added a new option for those who want to reach out to their friend first.

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Referral parties tend to go something like this… A department of 20-30 people hangs around the office for a couple of extra hours to be fed pizza by the talent team. While eating a slice of pie they search through their LinkedIn connections to find some people that they can refer. Referrals are found, maybe even contacted, and recorded in an ATS, spreadsheet, or hopefully somewhere.

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Boston is a mecca for high growth startups. Sharing the talent pool with companies like Salsify, EzCater, and Toast is no easy feat. Not to mention competing with the likes of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon offices. There’s a lot of companies reaching for the same talent right in Klaviyo’s backyard. What’s even harder is hiring quality people, fast.

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We’re excited to announce the launch of diversityreports.org, a free community resource to share data about diversity programs. You can check it out on Product Hunt too. See a collection of diversity reports in a side-by-side comparison. Compare your current company diversity metrics, set new goals for hiring, and see whose at the top of the list in these diversity categories. Now that we’ve compiled the information for you, you can stop searching the Internet for diversity reports at other companies and start browsing DiversityReports.org. We hope you enjoy it, discuss it with your peers, and send us any feedback at [email protected] Enjoy, Vinayak + Team Drafted

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Earlier this year, we launched referralprograms.org as a free community resource to share data about referral programs. (Here’s a link to the announcement) Based on community contributions and other publicly available data, we surveyed 145 companies to create a benchmarking report for referral programs. We’re kind of obsessed with referrals at Drafted. We noticed that when speaking with talent leaders anywhere, the same kinds of questions kept coming up: Does a referral bonus actually help get more referrals? What’s a good referral % to aim for? How can we structure our program and bonus to be the most effective? How does our referral program compare? Now that we’ve compiled the information for you, you can stop Googling referral programs and start browsing[…]

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Lightspeed’s Startup Hiring Trends Report discovered that new hire onboarding, referral programs, and performance reviews were the most common. These programs are designed to foster career development, build company culture, and promote general employee well-being. They are the key to building and scaling successful teams.

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Everyone involved here knows perfectly well that the people on a reference list are expecting your call, and they’re probably prepared to sing the candidate praises. So if you already know exactly how this conversation is going to go, why bother picking up the phone? The truth is, reference checks can be extremely valuable.