How to handle unconscious bias at work

A few years ago when Youtube launched the video upload feature in their app, they were surprised to notice that 5-10% of videos uploaded were appearing upside-down. How could there be a knowledge gap in such a simple process? What the research showed was that Google developers had unintentionally created the app for right-handed users. With the help of unconscious bias, Google had developed an app with right-handed users in mind and didn’t realise that phones were usually rotated 180 degrees when held in a person’s left hand. (1)

While race, gender and age are often associated with unconscious bias, in reality it covers a broader spectrum. So what is unconscious bias and what can we do about it?

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Mining economy showing signs of recovery

The following article and image have been re-produced from the West Australian, published on Monday, 13 March 2017.

Slim pickings for rock kickers

By: Josh Chiat

The rest of the mining economy seems to have put the worst of the recession behind it.

Rock kickers laid off in WA’s mining downturn are yet to see the benefits of last year’s price recovery in gold and iron ore, according to the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

The AIG’s quarterly employment survey, to be released this week, shows job prospects for geoscientists declined in the December quarter after six months of growth.

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Transferring your accomplishments to your resume

One of the keys to a successful job application is a detailed listing of accomplishments in a candidate’s resume. Not only does this allow your resume to stand out, but it also helps you by providing clear talking points for your interview. Each of us, in all the jobs we have had during our careers, have accomplished many things that were important to the companies we worked for. These accomplishments are the evidence that we can work effectively, that we can and do use our skills to good advantage.

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Stage Fright – Overcoming Interview Jitters

You’ve got through pre-screening and the telephone interview stage.  Now it’s time for the formal interview.  Often qualified candidates reach this stage comfortably, only to be overwhelmed by the face to face interview process. Nervousness, anxiety and a general fear of the interaction can result in not representing yourself at your optimal best.  It is possible to suffer from Stage Fright – a similar fear that is shared by many performers and public speakers that arises from being judged by someone or being the centre of attention.

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The best way to position your references for success

It is important to resolve the issue of references at the start of your job search so that it will not cause undue anxiety. Typically, your former employers and associates will not intend to say anything particularly negative however, you want them to confirm positive achievements in your past roles which support your career and job search goals.

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