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Diversity Hiring - Mad Men WomenSo we were recently approached by a company looking to hire more female candidates. “Sexist pigs!” I hear you scream. No, no, just a company looking to diversify its workplace in order to maintain a gender balance outlined by their corporate bosses.

This got us thinking, just how do you go about searching for female only candidates on the likes of LinkedIn, where there is no option to search by gender? Well, as we see it,  you have two options:

1. Run a search in LinkedIn, job boards etc, for the following:

(her OR she)

You may get back a few results, but let’s face it, people don’t generally talk about themselves in the third person.

2. Think outside the box of course!

Women usually tend to have women’s names (duh!), so why not search for them using a Boolean string made up entirely of women’s names? While one might turn to Mark Wahlburg’s character in Ted, for just such a string, believe it or not logging on to the Central Statistics Office is more effective! The CSO compile a list of the top baby names for both genders each year and publish them on their website. All you need to do is copy the list and transform it into a Boolean string as follows:

(“Emily” OR “Sophie” OR “Emma” OR “Grace” OR “Lily” OR “Mia” OR “Ella” OR “Ava” OR “Lucy” OR “Sarah” OR “Aoife” OR “Amelia” OR “Hannah” OR “Katie” OR “Chloe” OR “Caoimhe” OR “Saoirse” OR “Kate” OR “Holly” OR “Ruby” OR “Sophia” OR “Anna” OR “Lauren” OR “Leah” OR “Amy” OR “Isabelle” OR “Molly” OR “Ellie” OR “Jessica” OR “Olivia” OR “Roisin” OR “Ciara” OR “Kayla” OR “Julia” OR “Zoe” OR “Laura” OR “Niamh” OR “Abbie” OR “Erin” OR “Rachel” OR “Robyn” OR “Aisling” OR “Faye” OR “Rebecca” OR “Eva” OR “Layla” OR “Ellen” OR “Cara” OR “Freya” OR “Abigail” OR “Eve” OR “Isabella” OR “Megan” OR “Aine” OR “Clodagh” OR “Aoibhinn” OR “Millie” OR “Nicole” OR “Aoibheann” OR “Maja” OR “Sadhbh” OR “Eabha” OR “Charlotte” OR “Amber” OR “Caitlin” OR “Sofia” OR “Alannah” OR “Zara” OR “Alice” OR “Maria” OR “Elizabeth” OR “Lena” OR “Mary” OR “Emilia” OR “Aimee” OR “Lilly” OR “Hollie” OR “Aoibhe” OR “Victoria” OR “Eimear” OR “Maya” OR “Isabel” OR “Orla” OR “Evie” OR “Kayleigh” OR “Brooke” OR “Clara” OR “Meabh” OR “Lexi” OR “Tara” OR “Daisy” OR “Katelyn” OR “Ailbhe” OR “Amelie” OR “Natalia” OR “Sara” OR “Hanna” OR “Laoise” OR “Ruth” OR “Madison” OR “Maeve”)

Then just add a string chock full of the relevant skills you need into the keyword search box and Bob’s your uncle, you have search results brimming with talented ladies.

These are a list of the top 100 female baby names in Ireland, so check out the CSO and other statistical sources wherever you are to compile a list of the most popular female names in your country. We’ve provided a few links to get you started: IrelandUK, US and India.

Have you ever hired for diversity before? As always, let us know in the comments below.

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