Overcoming Gender Bias in Career Opportunities
The project


This activity is for

  • Job seekers
  • HR staff

After going through this activity, you are expected to:

  • Being able to tackle discrimination, bias, stereotypes in the environment, especially gender bias and determine the ways of counteracting them.
  • Improve your skills to write a CV appropriately.

Match a situation that may occur during the recruitment process with the type of prejudice/discrimination you think is appropriate:


The same situation can be presented and resolved in different ways, using different approaches. Choose an appropriate response to avoid stereotypical thinking, discrimination, or prejudice:


Use the OBIAS LAB online tool and check a text from your CV in the CV content and job description analysis tool to get a report on the level of gender bias associated with your text.

Once you have prepared your CV, check it for accuracy. Review the following points and consider whether the CV meets these recommendations. If not, go back to exercise 3 to rewrite your CV and tick the boxes below again.

  • I relied solely on facts, not opinions and beliefs.
  • I provided information in my CV in a way that did not indicate my gender.
  • I have changed my gender job titles to gender-neutral. Gender neutrality is the key to writing without prejudice when talking about both genders.
  • Another person read my CV to see if there were any errors in it (especially gender bias issues).
  • My CV contains the most important elements, i.e. personal data, professional summary, education, experience, skills, interests and CV clause.
  • All information entered is forensic.
  • The information contained in the CV is adapted to the position for which I am applying.
  • I have only provided the most important personal and contact details.
  • I have added a professional photo or not added it at all (there is no obligation to add a photo).
  • I added skills that will distinguish me from other people.
  • I have added skills that are tailored to the position.
  • In my experience, I also considered such issues as volunteering, activity in a research club, cooperation with a student organisation or various odd jobs (as long as they are related to the position I am applying for).
  • The information contained in the CV is written in the industry language.

Here is a list of competencies for various professions.Tick the statements that you think may apply to you and analyse the answers in terms of your CV writing and job search:

  • coping with stress
  • motivating others to work
  • taking care of a good atmosphere and communication in the team
  • solving the conflict
  • working out compromises
  • ability to work under time pressure and resistance to stress
  • logical thinking
  • great creativity and innovation
  • communicativeness and the ability to work in a group
  • high motivation to work
  • ease in carrying out tasks and focusing on the goal
  • persuasive abilities
  • delegation of tasks and their effective enforcement
  • kindness and positive attitude towards people
  • excellent time management and punctuality
  • great work organisation (also when working remotely)
  • good manners
  • ease in establishing relationships with the client
  • I am good at dealing with "difficult" clients
  • I accept constructive criticism well
  • willingness to learn and self-development
  • I can work according to strict guidelines
  • I quickly find myself in a new work environment
  • effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • teamwork
  • effective problem solving
  • flexibility and adaptability to the new working environment
  • self-confidence, team management and leadership skills
  • responding to constructive criticism appropriately
  • I always try to find out if the communication goal has been achieved. For example, I ask the interlocutor if he/she understood the instructions correctly and then I check whether the entrusted tasks have been properly carried out.
  • I let my interlocutor finish his/her speech, I do not interrupt him/her. At the same time, I'm showing interest, making eye contact (but not exaggerating!) and watching his/her body language.
  • I am open, smiling and friendly. I try to control my body language (e.g. not too intensely and with “aggressively” gestures).
  • I try to put my interlocutor in the shoes of my interlocutor; I look at things from his/her perspective. I do not judge in advance and do not disregard his/her opinion. I do not show superiority and avoid building the image of an "all-knowing" person.
  • I try to offer help to my co-workers myself. If I see a person who exceeds their responsibilities, I ask how I can support them.
  • I try not to complain about new obligations or the introduction of alternative technologies.
  • I carry out tasks on my own initiative; I do not wait for the orders of others. I try to propose solutions, not just signal problems.
  • If I manage a team, I try to give fewer commands and more often propose a way to perform a specific task.
  • I remember that developing soft skills is about changing yourself, not others.
  • I am not trying to improve all my competencies at once. I have a list of key skills that I want to train.
  • Every now and then I change the work environment, carry out new tasks and learn new skills to avoid professional burnout and stimulate creativity
  • knowledge of foreign languages (including level)
  • knowledge of the Office suite tools
  • driving licence
  • knowledge of email marketing tools (e.g. MailChimp)
  • knowledge of the catering industry
  • knowledge of 3D modelling programs
  • creativity
  • strong motivation to work
  • ability to work in a team
  • good work organisation
  • stress resistance
  • self-improvement
  • openness
  • kindness
  • communication skills
  • ability to work under time pressure
  • organisational skills
  • responsibility
  • accuracy
  • independence
  • involvement
  • the ability to adapt
  • creating simple reports
  • service of the meeting booking system
  • documentation management
  • computer and office equipment operation
  • fast typing
  • very good work organisation
  • patience and accuracy
  • readiness to work in shifts

Tips for HR Professionals

  • Refrain from using gender roles. Not all women are stay-at-home housewives and not all men are the breadwinners of the family. Do not perpetuate ideas that are not factually backed, e.g. not "single mother" but "single parent".
  • Avoid stereotypes. To make a statement about a particular group, there must be evidence and statistics to back up your objective statement
  • Treat everyone as unique and individual people. A person’s sexual orientation, skin colour, religious beliefs, disabilities, age, gender, or occupation does not define them wholly. Only report these details when they are essential to your topic or argument.
  • Ensure your hiring managers have received suitable interview training that covers common hiring biases.
  • Create a standardised interview guide and ensure you ask every candidate the same questions.
  • The CV should be anonymous; data is obtained only after an interview with the candidate.
  • During the recruitment process, the candidate should be given a task to perform and be assessed after completing it, without bias.

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