The Importance of Creating an Accessible Candidate Journey

The importance of creating an accessible candidate journey

Providing candidate support online to enhance their user experience from discovery and attraction right through to application and onboarding, is vital to obtain the very best skill sets for your business regardless of people disabilities and impartments. 

Website accessibility and inclusion factors have never been more important in the careers and employment sector, as now more than ever before, job searches and recruitment drives are taking place online.

Typically, when recruiters and employers think of accessibility, they consider only the physical access needs of disabled candidates and employees. This is a short-sighted view, there is also a multitude of other disabilities and conditions that need to be accommodated in the nonphysical world. Examples include:

  • Visual impairments
  • Deafblindness
  • Colour blindness
  • Dyslexia
  • Hyperlexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • ADHD
  • Epilepsy

Another disadvantage for people viewing content online can be if they speak English as a second language.

Candidates and employees who struggle with any of the above have a much harder time finding and staying in employment, as the information on websites is not as easy for them to access, read, understand, or act upon.

Did you know?

  • Only 51% of applications from disabled people result in an interview, compared to 69% of non-disabled applicants.
  • Nearly 40% of disabled applicants feel insecure about getting hired as they believe employers will disregard their application based on their impairment or condition.
  • On average, disabled people apply for 60% more jobs before finding one.
  • Only one in three job seekers think employers and recruiters make online job applications suitably accessible for disabled people.
  • Only 26% of jobseekers think employers and recruiters make online job applications suitably accessible for people who speak English as a second language.

Why should you invest in inclusion?

Many companies shy away from web accessibility and inclusion factors as they perceive them as being complex, expensive, or simply too difficult to work around. However, this is a misperception, as the average cost of making an accommodation for a disabled employee is relatively low and data shows that employees with disabilities take less time off and tend to stay with companies for longer.

There are many other key advantages including, discovering candidate from the widest pool of talent, creating equal opportunities that make everyone feel included and improving innovation thanks to the wider perspective gained by having a more diverse team.

It has also been proven that bringing together workers with different qualifications, backgrounds, and experiences are all key to effective problem-solving. Of 321 large global enterprises—companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue—surveyed in a Forbes study, 85% agreed or strongly agreed that diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in the workplace.

Creating an Inclusive Candidate Journey

Over the last 12months, Recite Me have witnessed a surge in recruitment companies and in-house talent teams using our assistive technology to create inclusive candidate journeys. 

Across their career and recruitment client’s data shows that over 58,000 people used the Recite Me accessibility toolbar to aid their online journey, viewing more than 230,000 web pages barrier-free. This usage is a 168% increase in the use of their accessibility technology to customise application experiences.

The Recite Me’s assistive toolbar provides a wide range of tools that allow users to create a fully customisable experience. Accessibility features can either be used individually or combined to make multiple adjustments for ultimate ease of use. Users can:

  • Personalise font size, type, and colour options to make each web page easier to read.
  • Utilise the mask screen tool, which isolates parts of the page to help with focus.
  • Use the ruler tool to make reading easier.
  • Download content as an audio file as an alternative to reading.
  • Convert page content into over 100 different on-screen languages.
  • Have the page read aloud in a choice of 35 different languages.
  • Customise PDF documents and have them read aloud or translated.

Over 2500 organisations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible for people with disabilities. To find out more or to book a demo please contact the team today.

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