Increasing Diversity One Nontraditional Candidate at a Time

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​TORONTO—Jon Deng’s tech story began18 months ago in Baghdad where, during his deployment, the former U.S. Army captain taught himself to code.The tale of his career transition ended last month in California—where he now works as a software engineer for Snap Inc. (formerly Snapchat).Deng, who has a business degree, had no formal training in the IT field. His route to software engineer didn’t follow the typical trajectory of those working in the tech industry, said Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and co-founder of the tech recruitment platform HackerRank. Ravisankar introduced Deng to attendees during a session at the International Association for Human Resource Information Management(IHRIM) conference at the Westin Harbour Castle here this week.HackerRank, with headquarters in Bangalore, India, and Palo Alto, Calif., helps companies evaluate IT talent based on skills—not formal education or experience.”…Resumes are a poor indicator of your skills,” Ravisankar said. &q

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