By Arthur Yamamoto, Director of Talent Acquisition
Research has shown that the most innovative companies employ diverse workforces. And yet Silicon Valley — widely known as the center of the tech innovation universe — has long been criticized for a lack of diversity. While Checkr’s workforce wasn’t as homogenous as many other companies in tech, we took a hard look in the mirror and realized we could do better.
We’re excited to welcome two new members to our executive team, Sangeeta Chakraborty as our VP of Customer Success and Scott Davis as our VP of Sales! Sangeeta and Scott both bring over 20+ years of experience in their field, across a wide range of industries and company sizes.
A few weeks ago, the Checkr team made the trip down to Dallas, Texas to attend the 2018Collaboration in the Gig Economyconference—an annual gathering of gig economy companies, staffing suppliers, and workforce buyers.
This article was written by Adam Avramescu, Head of Customer Education and Training at Checkr.
When it comes to attracting and onboarding your workforce, background checks play a crucial role. Even minor mistakes, like ordering the wrong package or reviewing reports inconsistently, can have serious consequences and lead to unhappy candidates, missed talent opportunities, and increased legal risk.
A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend theWorld Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions — the foremost global summit on innovation, science, and technology. The meeting, which was held in Tianjin, China, brought together a mix of innovative startups and global leaders to discuss a wide range of topics, including the future of work, trade, and AI.
Below, I’ve outlined a few key themes that resonated with me throughout the forum.
1. The startup scene is more vibrant than ever. Not only are more startups popping up across the world, but there are also more resources and opportunities for them to connect and grow. Recently, the World Economic Forum launchedUpLink, an innovation accelerator to help startups interact and partner with global startup peers, governments, universities, and investors to deliver global impact. It was incredible to meet these global startups and take part in important conversations about accelerating innovation and working together with the WEF community to build a strong Uplink program. Checkr looks forward to being part of Uplink and engaging with the global community of startups.
2. Humans still matter in an AI-driven world. Artificial Intelligence proved to one of the hottest topics, with a number of sessions dedicated to the technology. Specifically, there was a large discussion around AI and its potential to magnify human biases.
At Checkr, we deal with this issue on a daily basis and work hard to reduce human bias throughout our product. While our background check technology is driven by AI and machine learning, we still incorporate humans throughout the process, and ultimately, leave the hiring decisions up to employers themselves to remove potential for human bias in the hiring process.
3. In the new economy, upskilling and reskilling are key. At this year’s meeting, the World Economic Forum released the latest edition of itsFuture of Jobs Report, which predicted that by 2022, machines and algorithms will create 133 million new roles, while displacing 75 million jobs. As a result, it’s become more important than ever to upskill and reskill workers and give them the tools they need to take on these new roles. Furthermore, given the fact that unemployment is low, it’s crucial that we tap into a new pool of qualified candidates, including the70 million Americans who have a criminal history, and build programs to provide them with the skills they need to thrive in the new economy.
We’re excited to share that Checkr has been named to the Forbes Cloud 100 list as one of the top privately held companies. The Cloud 100 profiles market-leading companies who represent the cloud technology leaders of today and tomorrow and is published by Forbes, in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures.
According torecent research, nearly every employer conducts a background check as part of the hiring process. But many job applicants aren’t aware of what’s on their background check until they’ve been denied employment. For the 1 in 3 Americans who have a criminal record (as many as have a college degree), it can be the difference between getting the job they need or remaining sidelined from the workforce.
We are excited to welcome Tricia Gellman as our VP and Head of Marketing! Tricia has had an impressive career in marketing with her last nine years at Salesforce, with the last year and a half as CMO for Salesforce Canada.