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Talk: “Technology’s Matchmakers,” Prof. Winndance Twine

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    Jessie Daniels

    Sociology Professor France Winddance Twine, UC-Santa Barbara, will be giving a talk on, “Technology’s Matchmakers: Recruiting and Selling Candidates during a Pandemic​.”

    DESCRIPTION: Headhunters, also known as recruiters, are power brokers in the tech industry. Yet there are no sociological studies of recruiters that have examined how they adapted to the demands of remote work during the COVID pandemic. In 2022, the technology sector saw the highest increase in resignations of any industry. In June 2021, LinkedIn saw more job openings for recruiters than software developers. The hiring landscape in the technology industry changed dramatically during the pandemic. Drawing upon interviews with forty recruiters who match job applicants to open positions in the industry, this talk examines the challenges recruiters identified when they attempted to ‘place’ candidates from underrepresented groups in what are referred to as the “superstar” metropolitan technology hubs. The superstar tech labor markets are concentrated on the coast, and include the five top innovation markets: Boston, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and San Diego, which accounted for more than 90% of the innovation sector growth prior to the pandemic.

    DATE: Friday, Sept. 16
    TIME: 3-5 pm
    LOCATION: Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., Sociology Dept. Lounge, Room 6112.

    MODE: We are happy to have this event in-person after more than two years. Taking advantage of the new technologies (thanks to Covid), the event will also be available on zoom for those not able to attend in person.  All CUNY affiliates can enter the building with a cleared Active 4. Non-CUNY attendees should register with eventbrite on our website.

    All our colloquia talks are scheduled as hybrid.  We would love to have more people attend in-person to bring back our social culture, but would also like to give the option to people not able to attend in-person.



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