The EEOC is focusing on artificial intelligence and algorithmic fairness in the workplace.

The EEOC is focusing on artificial intelligence and algorithmic fairness in the workplace.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is initiating an attempt to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) and other new tools used in hiring and other employment decisions are compliant with federal civil rights laws. The initiative will look at how technology is fundamentally changing how employers make hiring decisions, with the goal of guiding applicants, employees, employers, and technology vendors in making sure that these technologies are used fairly and in accordance with federal equal employment opportunity laws.

“Artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision-making tools have great potential to improve our lives, including in the area of employment,” EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows said. “At the same time, the EEOC is keenly aware that these tools may mask and perpetuate bias or create new discriminatory barriers to jobs. We must work to ensure that these new technologies do not become a high-tech pathway to discrimination.”

  • Establish an internal working group to coordinate the agency’s work on the initiative;
  • Launch a series of listening sessions with key stakeholders about algorithmic tools and their employment ramifications;
  • Gather information about the adoption, design, and impact of hiring and other employment-related technologies;
  • Identify promising practices; and
  • Issue technical assistance to provide guidance on algorithmic fairness and the use of AI in employment decisions.

This is a work in progress. The new initiative builds on the Commission’s previous work in this area. Since at least 2016, when the EEOC convened a public discussion on the EEO implications of big data in the workplace, the Commission has been looking into the use of AI, people analytics, and big data in hiring and other employment decisions. In 2021, the EEOC’s systemic investigators underwent comprehensive training on the use of artificial intelligence in employment practices.

“Bias in employment arising from the use of algorithms and AI falls squarely within the Commission’s priority to address systemic discrimination,” according to Burrows. “While the technology may be evolving, antidiscrimination laws still apply. The EEOC will address workplace bias that violates federal civil rights laws regardless of the form it takes, and the agency is committed to helping employers understand how to benefit from these new technologies while also complying with employment laws.”

 

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Expert Job Interview Tips

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It’s exciting to make it past the resumé and job application phase. Being invited to a job interview can feel exciting. It can also feel nerve-wracking.

Now that you’ve made it past the initial phase, it’s time to make the first impression needed to take the next step.

 

You can also shift your perspective: you are just the words on your resumé and cover letter during the beginning part of the job application phase. An interview is an opportunity for a potential employer to get to know you, your personality, and how your experience relates to the company.

How can you make a lasting impression on the interviewer? Spending time researching and preparing for the interview is essential to get over your nerves and make a good impression.

 

Follow these job interview tips to stand out from the crowd:

 

1. Research the company beforehand. The start of your interview preparation should be company research! Look at company values, their LinkedIn page, and the About page on their website. This research will help you connect your answers to the company values and mission.

 

2. Show you have the skills the company is looking for in that role. It’s easy to tell the interviewer that you are “deadline-oriented” or a “team player.” For every skill in the job listing, develop relevant experiences that show you have those skills.

  •  What is the company looking for?
  •  How does your experience line up with the job listing?
  •  What relevant results have you gotten before? Prepare numbers or percentages that demonstrate your accomplishments.
  •  Think about specific experiences that show you have certain qualities or skills.

 

3. Prepare an answer for “tell me about yourself.” This open-ended question interviewers ask gives them insight into who you are behind your resumé, cover letter, and job conversation. It’s a way for interviewers to start the conversation and get to know and understand you. Here are some ideas:

  • Give a brief overview of your education, most recent jobs, and insight into short and long-term career goals.
  • Tell a professional story – what inspired you to pursue the field? Why are you passionate about your work?
  • Show your personality and interests (and make them relevant to the company).

 

4. Practice for the interview beforehand. Practicing will help you prepare answers for the questions you may be asked during the interview.

  • Think about why you’re interested in that specific role and company.
  • Prepare to talk about the connection between your past experience and the current position you’re applying for.
  • Practice body language and learn to make eye contact.
  • Consider recording a mock interview and reviewing your answers and body language.

 

5. Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview. At the end of the job interview, your interviewer will probably ask if you have any questions. This is your opportunity to learn about the company, as well as show your interest.

  • What does a typical day look like?
  • How is performance measured and reviewed?
  • Why did you choose to work with this company?
  • What professional development opportunities are available to new employees?
  • What are your goals for the first six months of this position?
  • Which of the experiences we discussed today is most relevant to this position?

Walk into the interview calm, confident, and engaged. During your interview, engage with the interviewer! Don’t just answer their questions. Have a conversation with the interviewer as well.

Being engaged and confident will help you build a relationship with the interviewer and make a lasting impression.

Preparing for your job interview might feel like a lot is on the line. Look at this as an opportunity to build a relationship with the interviewer and show how you would fit in with the company culture.

 

💝Candid by Teneice

Dressed for Success

Fall Wear“>Amazon has some great dresses for fall! Each dress is unique and stylish. I’m sure you’ll find one that’s just right for you.

It’s that time of the year again! Fall is here and it’s time to start getting all your fall clothes out. But, who has the money for new clothes? There are so many cute dresses on Amazon right now. Some are even Prime eligible so you can get them in two days! No need to stress about finding a dress or having to go shopping this weekend because I’ve got you covered with these great finds.

We all know how tricky it can be to go out and buy clothes if you are on a budget. It’s hard to find something unique at the right price point, but there are plenty of outfits for fall on Amazon right now! Who doesn’t love Prime shipping? I’m making your life easier this season by only showing the discounts available in their store with an order minimum of $35 or less. You won’t have to worry about stressing over not being able to afford that perfect dress because these dresses will help you save money while looking fab!

Shopping on Amazon makes it so easy to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. And with all these deals, you’ll be able to stock up without breaking your budget! Do you need an interview suit? They have those too. A new work dress? There are plenty of options available right now at discounted prices. What about a Halloween costume or just something cozy and casual for fall weather that is coming soon? I’ve curated this list of my favorite Fall outfits from Amazon that will help you get ahead in your career whether you’re interviewing for jobs, looking professional at work, dressing up as someone else for spooky fun nights out, or staying warm during cooler days ahead. Which items would make life easier this season while still being within.

How to raise a golden scholar.

The Golden Scholars program is an admissions pathway for select first-generation students from under-represented backgrounds. Students selected to be Golden Scholars will participate in an intensive six-week residential summer summer bridge program that offers academic preparation, individualized advising, and personal attention from faculty, staff, and peers. Students in the program will have the opportunity to sharpen their academic skills and develop a support network of students, faculty, and staff by becoming familiar with the FIU community and its many resources.

 

Non-Traditional Education – Part Two

Boosting Your Value Without Traditional Education – THE LIBRARY  

Your public library is a treasure trove of free information. Don’t overlook the following tremendous learning opportunities offered by your local library:

  1. Current periodicals (magazines, regularly published journals, newspapers). If you were to subscribe to these, they could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in subscription fees. Yet, at the library they’re free so take advantage of them!
  • Some of these professional periodicals – for instance, internationally acclaimed magazines for meeting planners, graphic designers, writers or life coaches – offer some of the best and most current information on best practices, new procedures, business management models, and more.
  1. Books in your field. As you delve into the topic of your choice, you’ll surely find books that offer excellent information. Purchasing every item on your book list could cost you hundreds of dollars, so make good use of your local library.
  • Not every book on your book list will be one that you’ll want to keep, instead, sign out the book, make notes of relevant information, and return the book when you’re done. That could be one less book gathering dust on your shelves.
  • Save your money for books that you’ll use frequently as reference.
  1. Professional advice. Your local library is staffed with professionals who have a wealth of knowledge about reference materials, local organizations and services that may be of interest and relevance to your learning needs.
  • Bring your queries and concerns about resources, topics, and learning options to your librarian. If your library is well staffed, you’ll end up saving yourself hours of searching and you may even pick up a few good shortcuts as well!
  1. A varied learning environment. Even though you may be choosing to educate yourself independently, that doesn’t mean that you should keep yourself sequestered in your home. Your tax dollars pay for your local, cozy library – so enjoy it!


I recommend reading this book to start this journey.

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