Elton ILIRJANI, the founder of The Headhunter, Karriera.al, Employment Equality Index, and People First, has been chosen as the first NFT Icon for the LGBTQ+ Community. His values, support, and work toward the LGBTQ+ community have been acknowledged and made him the face of the first NFT for the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride icon is the largest and the first NFT for the LGBTQ+ community! For years, the LGBTQ+ community has fought for their rights for equality and visibility in the civic space. The NFT industry is no different, and the LGBTQ community deserves representation. Pride Icons isn’t “just another NFT project”:
Its art pays tribute to legendary LGBTQ+ icons (like Elton ILIRJANI)
And they are committed to donating at least $1M USD to non-profit organizations that promote equality.

“We choose Elton to be one of our icons because he is fighting for the same values as we do in the project: equality!”

Elton created the Employment Equality Index for the LGBTQ+, pushing public and private sectors to adopt equal rights policies at the workplace in the Western Balkans.

A non-fungible token (NFT) is a non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a blockchain that can be sold and traded. Types of NFT data units may be associated with digital files such as photos, videos, audio, and/or utilities and benefits.

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“Pride Icon” është NFT më e madhe dhe e para në botë për komunitetin LGBTQ+! Për vite tëra komuniteti LGBTQ+ ka luftuar për të drejtat e tyre, baraza dhe vizibilitet në hapësirën njerëzore. Industria NFT nuk bën përjashtim, dhe komuniteti LGBTQ+ meriton përfaqësim edhe në këtë platformë! “Pride Icons” nuk është thjesht “një tjetër projekt NFT”! Arti i tij nderon dhe lartëson Ikonat Legjendare të komunitetit LGBTQ+ (si Elton ILIRJANI) dhe ky projekt është i dedikuar që të bëjo donacione me një minimum prej 1 milionë dollar amerikanë për organizatat jo fitimprurëse që promovojnë barazinë!

“Ne kemi zgjedhur Eltonin të jetë një nga ikonat tona sepse ai lufton për të njëjtat vlera që ka edhe ky projekt: Barazinë!”

Eltoni ka krijuar Indeksin e Barazisë në Punësim për personat LGBTQ+, duke motivuar sektorin privat dhe atë publik të adoptojnë politika të barazisë në vendin e punës në Ballkanin Perëndimor.

Një token jo i këmbyeshëm (NFT) është një njësi jo e këmbyeshme e të dhënave të ruajtura
në një zinxhir që mund të shitet dhe tregtohet. Llojet e njësive të të dhënave NFT mund të shoqërohen me skedarë dixhitalë si foto, video, audio dhe/ose shërbime dhe përfitime.


As new job opportunities continue to come your way, it might become difficult for you to decide which opportunity is worth chasing and which is not. Potentially, any decision you make will probably have a direct impact on your career and even your life. But often, you might regret a missed opportunity, the one that you decided not to chase. Or even you decided to chase the wrong opportunity in the first place, and you end up paying the price for it.

If you are an experienced professional, surely you have realized that the employer, any employer that you might choose is an equal partner in the hiring process.

Yes, you are maybe looking for a new opportunity, but on the other hand, the company (companies) are also trying to identify and attract potential talents such as you. Therefore, why do you not evaluate the employer in the same critical manner that they would evaluate you (this is usually done through online interviews, face-to-face interviews, social media profile evaluations, and several other small evaluation methods)?

Employers should be evaluated before you accept an offer from them. This is an unwritten rule since you are about to enter in a long-term commitment and you give a part of your precious time and talent to this company.

Wouldn’t you regret it if it wasn’t the best choice for you? Of course, you would!

1. Go online, and explore

The company that has offered you the job, or interviewed you should be closely assessed before you accept their offer, or move forward with the next hiring steps. You need to check whether the employer is as true as they represent themselves online. 

And how do you do that? You go online and explore. Firstly, you check the company, their stats in terms of how long they are in the business, how big they are, their achievements, partners, etc. You can evaluate potential employers just by looking at their social media accounts. Their social media profiles are the first impression not only for a potential client but also for a potential employee. Go on their website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, wherever they are present, and try to get to know the company through their online presence.

2. Ask them regarding their performance management system

The company you want to join may even be new or a start-up, however, it is important to know their approach to an employee’s performance. It is crucial to know how they rate their employees’ performance and how do employees get rewarded for their outstanding performance.

3. Ask about their training and development programs

Accepting a job offer, or starting a new job is should not be determined only by the fact that you might get a better financial reward. As an employee, you should look for companies that are willing to help you grow and develop, companies that offer training and development programs (these may be conferences, training, coaching, mentoring, workshops, etc.). When a company invests in its people, it shows a commitment to your success. Asking the employer about the benefits (apart from the usual ones) is not wrong, on the contrary, it is very positive because it shows that you are also willing to learn, grow, and develop further. Most candidates tend not to ask for training and development programs even though they want to, and we are here to tell you that it is alright to ask these questions.

Lastly, ask yourself, does the company/employer match your career path? Every one of us has a career path plan or aspirations, and when switching jobs, you should always keep in mind that every decision you make along the way affects your career plan. Some jobs may push you forward towards your career path, some jobs won’t. 

So, when it comes to deciding whether you want to join a company or not it is really important to have your career plan in mind and have clear objectives for your future. Considering the fact that this will not be beneficial only for you (career-wise) but will be beneficial for you and the employer (time-wise). As Benjamin Franklin once said “Time is money”- so spend it wisely.

How to let recruiters know you are seeking new opportunities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and changes in online behavior, including easier access to information, have made the Internet a perfect place for job seekers to meet recruiters. If you are in the process of job hunting, you must nurture strong relationships with recruiters. Recruiters are responsible for filling open positions for a variety of companies. However, a very important part of their job is also the support they can offer to you, the job seeker:

  • You can prepare for the recruitment process with the help of recruiters;
  • Recruiters provide practical tips and guidance for the interviewing process;
  • Recruiters advise you for the potential negotiations about the financial package;
  • They give you exclusive insight about the new potential company;
  • Overall, recruiters strive to find the perfect match between the job seeker and the company;

Thus, a strong relationship with recruiters is fundamental for your career progression and aspirations. 

But where do you find recruiters and how do you reach out to them? The answer is LinkedIn. According to Jobvite’s 2020 Recruiter Nation Survey, 72% of recruiters use LinkedIn for their recruiting efforts. Employers are increasingly using LinkedIn for recruiting.

To contact recruiters, two strategies are used: the passive strategy and the proactive strategy. On one hand, the passive strategy relies on keywords, and recruiters are driven by keywords. On the other hand, the proactive strategy relies on identifying recruiters who specialize in your area of expertise. You then create a clear message and reach out to them. This way you get the recruiter’s attention and can start the process of building a relationship with the recruiter.

Nevertheless, contacting the recruiter is not enough if your profile on LinkedIn needs changes. We have created a few steps you should follow before reaching out to recruiters.

First and foremost, invest in your LinkedIn profile

  • Have a professional profile picture (an appropriate profile picture gets your profile noticed in the LinkedIn community); 
  • Enhance your headline (try to provide the right information on your headline, such as what you do, the industry you are currently working in, your expertise, etc. You can be creative here);
  • Provide a clear and articulate summary (there is a summary section on your LinkedIn profile). Writing a good summary is essential because it is a significant opportunity to not only showcase your professional work but your personality as well; 
  • You can also activate the “Open to Work” option and set the job title, type, location, and so on. “Open to Work” helps recruiters notice you.

Another ‘investment’ you can make on your profile is to publish content. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean publishing anything you see out there, the content should be relevant to your expertise and the industry you are working in. Publishing content is a great way to engage with existing connections and expand your network. 

Next, you find the recruiters on LinkedIn, they are the ones that have access to job openings or listings that may not always be available on platforms such as job boards. However, recruiters are often of great value to you because they have connections that could benefit your job search. You can look up “recruiter” on LinkedIn’s search button, however, not all recruiters have the same job title, some go by “Headhunter”, “Talent Specialist”, “Recruitment Specialist” etc.

By using all of LinkedIn’s features, you can search for recruiters and specify the company they work for, in our case “The HeadHunter”. Our recruiters reside in Albania, Kosovo, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Cyprus, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, and Texas (USA). They can be extremely helpful to find the perfect opportunity for you, wherever you reside. After finding the recruiters, the next step is to connect and reach out to them. You can easily send a personalized connection request by letting them know what you are looking for.

Meet our recruiters:

  • Doruntina, which also likes to be called shortly Dori, has been a recruiter and talent sourcing for more than 7 years. She is a very good career adviser when it comes to helping you what are the next big career moves to make. With The Headhunter, she has helped more than 400 people get their dream jobs. She is located in Sofia and is working Remotely and yes, she can be available for any call at +38349716161 or email her at d.jakupi@theheadhunter.com, or at Doruntina’s LinkedIn Account.
  • Julijana has been recruitment and headhunting professional for more than 12 years now. She is a trusted career advisor for hundreds of candidates and a credible employment and recruitment partner for many clients from the government and business sectors.
  • Julijana says: There’s nothing like the thrill of a candidate’s enthusiastic “Yes!” to an offer, and an equally pleased hiring manager who just landed a top performer. Perhaps even more satisfying is successfully recruiting a superstar and then seeing her develop a billion-dollar product. Knowing my efforts impact the bottom line keeps me going every day. She is located in Skopje and you can reach her up at + 389 71 370 151 or email her at: j.minovska@theheadhunter.com, or at Julijana’s LinkedIn Account .
  • Emin holds a Master’s degree in Business and Marketing Management from Oxford Brookes University and is a member of the Certified Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and the John Maxwell Leadership Academy. He is highly skilled in recruitment with extensive experience across several industries, including Leisure and Tourism, Manufacturing, Engineering, and FMCG. With an extensive professional network, he can help you achieve your next career goals and aspirations. He is located in Tirana and would love to get in touch with you on +355 68 60 29 691 and/or at e.shini@theheadhunter.com, or at Emin’s LinkedIn Account.
  • Ergesta has been attracting and evaluating candidates for more than 8 years and has a natural talent for finding, evaluating, and hiring them. She has experience in human resources, training, and competency framework, as well as sourcing candidates from multiple sources. Excellent interpersonal skills, confident and poised in interaction with individuals at all levels readily developing rapport with clients and colleagues. She is located in Tirana and is available for any call at+355682033430 or email her at e.stermasi@theheadhunter.com, or at Ergesta’s LinkedIn Account
  • Milic is our IT Recruiter and Recruitment trainer for technical roles. He has a background in IT during his studies at the University of Montenegro, Electrotechnical Faculty. In his free time, he likes to “catch the wind” while kitesurfing, which is his passion during the summer. In winter he enjoys snowboarding. He is our representative for the Montenegro and Serbia office. Feel free to contact him for more information regarding IT roles at m.popovic@theheadhunter.com, or at Milic’s LinkedIn Account.
  • Olta is based in our office in Tirana is very passionate about serving jobseekers and possesses outstanding communication skills. Since joining the HeadHunter Group three years ago, she has developed strong relationships with several companies. She has been an integral member of the team, successfully recruiting for several partners and sourcing candidates adeptly. Olta absolutely loves what she does, which is why she is always eager to match the right company and candidate. She could be the person you need to land the job of your dreams. Do not hesitate to contact her on +355 68 607 7430 or/and o.qarri@theheadhunter.com. You can also contact Olta through Olta’s LinkedIn Account.
  • Kreshnik has 12+ years experience in Management, Human Resources, Recruitment, Marketing, and Accounting, with renowned companies and nonprofits in Albania and Kosovo. At the HeadHunter, Kreshnik is focused on recruiting and talent sourcing in different industries. Kreshnik analyses recruitment data provided by companies to improve hiring, increase revenue, and reduce costs by analyzing recruiting data. His currently located in Prishtina, and you can reach him at: k.qorraj@theheadhunter.com, or mob. +383 44 224 466, or at Kreshnik’s LinkedIn Account.
  • Albin is one of our most experienced headhunters, experienced at finding the right people for even the toughest positions. His background in HR and politics allows him to gain insight into a variety of profiles and judge candidates with such accuracy. Albin is based in Sarajevo, where he runs the Headhunter office, but he works actively in international recruitments also. He can be reached at +38761 146 212 or at a.zuhric@theheadhunter.com or at Albin’s LinkedIn Account.

IT careers: 10 most in-demand IT jobs now

What IT jobs are in demand, even during the pandemic? What industries have to move quickly to ramp up new applications and capabilities? Here’s data and advice from recruiters. The IT job roles most in demand aren’t quite what they were a few months ago. Still, people who position themselves properly can find jobs now, recruiters say. The shape of the IT job market is changing not only because of the pandemic (and the stay-at-home orders that accompanied it), but also because of seismic changes in the economy.

Top 10 IT jobs at the moment are:

1.  Software developer: 36 percent

2. Network engineer: 17 percent

3. Systems engineer: 8 percent

4. Senior software developer: 23 percent

5. Java developer: 52 percent

6. Software QA engineer: 26 percent

7. IT project manager: 28 percent

8. Application developer: 19 percent

9. Computer support specialist: 27 percent

10. Business analyst: 24 percent

This same survey shows trends in IT job postings and how they changed between February and March, for example, with about a 20 percent surge in demand for cybersecurity engineers but a drop in demand for front end development skills associated with developing and designing websites. DevOps engineer postings also rose, by six percent, in the same timeframe.

The same situation is for recruiting companies too. Currently we as The Headhunter, have open job positions regarding to IT. The companies we collaborate with are serious ones and the major part of them foreign ones. If you are interested to work with, please visit our website www.theheadhunter.com  for open job positions for IT as we are now recruiting!

Elton Ilirjani Living His Truth and Flourishing in the Fashion Industry

Self-tagged “The American Balkanian Gay,” Elton Ilirjani has dusted off the rejection and scorn he faced for most of his life and taken up his full identity in the United States. Coming from Tepelena, the People’s Social Republic of Albania, a society yet to accept many ways of life that people hold dear, Elton found it hard to fit in and lead a life that did not fully represent his essence and identity. In 1991, as an eleven-year-old boy, Elton Ilirjani took things up with his father and came out as gay. At the time, Albania was led by ex-communists, and as expected, he was met with criticism and condemnation. Elton took things further by writing a love letter to a straight man, and he became the subject of conversations amongst the members of his community.

Putting all his controversies behind him, Elton acquired formal education and was excellent at it. He was the best student in the history of the Abaz Shehu gymnasium, where he graduated from. He also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Sciences and a Master’s degree in Political Sciences from the Mediterranean University of Albania. He was passionate about the arts, and in 2000, he won the first prize in Albania alliteration with Beat Generation Poetry within youth in Albania. He also wrote two poetic books titled “Neveria” and “Fytyrefshehuri,” which received critical acclaim all over Albania.

In 2012, he established Head Hunter, which became the biggest HR, Recruiting and Staff Leasing company in Western Balkans, Greece and Cyprus. In 2016, he established the company in the United States and has connected employers with employees ever since. He declared his sexual status openly in the Albania media in 2016. He remains the only public figure to have ever announced themselves to be a proud gay in Albania. This generated a lot of negative press from the public and media. At the same time, he signed up for two major campaigns for LGBT rights – Lipstick Movement and the Nobody is Straight Movement. Elton Ilrijani heated the polity again by being the first man to use lipstick in the Albanian media and the first gay man to show off his body in the media.

He established Dignity Global, a global foundation that manages LGBT Employment Equality Indexes. The foundation ensures companies and institutions take active steps to end discrimination against the LGBT community at the workplace and during recruitment procedures. Elton Ilirjani has fully settled into American life, and he’s actively fighting for the causes he believes in on a global scale. He got married to his lover, Christian, in 2019, and they live together with their Pomeranian dog, Mona.

Despite his success and influence, Elton is still not accepted back home in Albania. During the Pride month of 2021, he was publicly crucified, and he has stated that such treatment continues to make him sad. Elton is known for his high-end fashion sense and glamorous personality.

Learn more about Elton Ilirjani and his works on Dignity Global’s website.

What NOT TO SAY in a job interview

The hiring manager has already sifted through resumes and decided that they want to meet you. Now it’s your turn to make an impression. And, unfortunately for you, every sentence you utter during the job interview is going to be a part of that impression.

Avoid these 11 statements next time you’re up for a job, and you’ll be well on your way to wowing your interviewer.

“That’s a great question!”

While this phrase may be a great addition to social conversations, it’s not something an interviewer needs to hear. Instead of sounding surprised that the recruiter asked a question, remember that you’ve prepared for this interview.

“What is the title of the role, again?”

Any questions showing your lack of research into the company, the job description, or the industry itself show that you haven’t adequately prepared. Preparing for a job interview is like preparing for a final exam – you need to know your stuff.

“I’ve actually never done this type of job before, but…”

If you have a lack of experience, your resume will show it. There’s no need to further underscore your lack of qualifications. In fact, the interview is your chance creatively connect the dots between your resume and your decision to apply for the job.

“I really can’t imagine anyone more qualified than me.”

Self-aggrandizing during an interview only serves to hurt you in the end. Since you haven’t seen the resumes of the other applicants, there’s no use in overtly comparing yourself to them.

“My last boss was terrible.”

Absolutely no griping about your last company allowed, unless there’s some really special circumstance. Complaining about how you didn’t get along in your last work environment is detrimental on two levels. First, it shows your lack of ability to cope with a challenging situation and move past it. Second, the last thing your interviewer wants is for you to be talking trash about their company or employees in the future.

“This will be a great stepping stone to my next career move.”

While this may be the exact reason you want this job, it’s not a savvy move to share with the interviewer. Hiring managers are generally looking for someone who will display a long-term commitment to the company.

“I don’t know.”

There’s always a better way to respond to a question you’re unsure of than saying, “I don’t know.”

“I don’t have any questions for you.”

Having questions prepared for your interviewer is almost as important as being able to answer the questions they throw at you.

“Um, so, like, I really, um…”

As in any situation where you want to sound confident, intelligent, and collected: cut the filler words.

“Do people generally like working here?”

Don’t try to beat around the bush. Ask specific questions about company culture and team morale, and be direct. The best way to get the down low on what’s happening in an office is to talk to current or former employees there.

V Magazine-Elton ILIRJANI and the Cause LGBTQ+ Labor Inclusion

Let’s face it, today’s business world is on a global stage. Technology is only one aspect that is constantly disrupting and enabling businesses of all sizes to attract the best talent, wherever they may be. And as technology progresses at a breakneck rate into the future, the people who use it must keep up.

Another rising trend is that millennials are reshaping today’s and tomorrow’s workplaces. And the buzzwords are “diversity and inclusivity.” It is unquestionably a vibrant culture that is here to stay.

But first, what is diversity, and what are we aiming for?

Consult a dictionary for a more accurate description. It is described as “the presence of a diverse range of cultural or ethnic groups within a society.” In other words, it is a population group that encompasses all differences. Diversification in the workplace may take the form of “race, ethnic origin, age, skill, language, national origin, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.”

And, given the political and global context in which we find ourselves, it is critical to understand what diversity is and why it benefits your company. It is not simply a matter of meeting standards. There are many benefits to cultivating this culture, ranging from diversifying viewpoints to accelerating creativity.

This article will look at the real benefits of diversity and LGBTQ+ labor inclusion in the workplace. Designed as an expert guide to cultural diversity, we’ll answer those key questions and present the evergreen example of Elton ILIRJANI. Elton has vocally advocated for the rights of women and LGBTQ+ in the workplace. For years, he has been campaigning on the front, presenting the real-time and quantifiable benefits of diversity and LGBTQ+ labor inclusion at work. His efforts and campaigns have built our understanding of this topic within the organization’s structure and developing a guide on how to promote cultural diversity in the workplace.

It’s easy to talk about the theory and definitions of LGBTQ+ labor inclusion. Still, when it comes to creating that within an organization, it largely depends on the practices used during the hiring process. We have referred to the idea of ​​the benefits that cultural diversity offers, but equality and diversity are something that is not fully served by the media. There has been extensive research on its positive effects.

Ultimately, LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace allows companies to create teams that bring different points of view and talents to the mix, increasing innovation and generating higher revenue. Let’s refer to the work of Elton ILIRJANI: he graduated from the Abaz Shehu gymnasium. He held the honor of being the best student in the 40 years of the gymnasium’s history. He also acquired a Bachelor in Economics Sciences and Masters of Sciences in Political Sciences from the Mediterranean University of Albania.

Elton founded The HeadHunter Group in 2012. It was to find a recruitment and staff leasing company that would be the flagbearer of diversity in the Western Balkans region. Elton dreamed of extending his noteworthy influence, as he was making quite an impression on the market players who warmly welcomed a fresh spirit. The HeadHunter Group is the most prominent Recruitment and Staff Leasing Group in Serbia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Cyprus, North Macedonia, Greece, and the United States. Elton is now based in New York and has become a prominent member of the city’s up-and-coming, a fresh batch of liberal corporates with a keenness on changing workplace policies and dynamics forever.

The HeadHunter Group is headquartered in New York City, where it has made significant strides in running campaigns towards LGBTQ+ labor inclusion.

But Elton didn’t set up a prestigious headquarters, a global presence, and went silent. He has undoubtedly been on the cusp of media attention, being touted as one of the most progressive CEOs in the recent decade.

The real Elton ILIRJANI is found making a difference that can be measured in effect. He founded the Dignity Global Foundation, which is focused on championing the rights and policies for Women and LGBTQ+ in the workplace and recruitment process. In his experience being a recruitment professional, he found noticeable gaps between the number of LGBTQ+ candidates who show up for job interviews and the number of successfully recruited candidates. We do not mean to undermine recruitment policies and the extent of merit in gauging the relevance of a candidate. The fact remains that despite being equally or more skilled or capable than heterosexual candidates, both on paper and experience, the LGBTQ+ lot often misses out on opportunities.

Elton ILIRJANI created an Employment Equality Index for the LGBTQ+, pushing public and private sectors to adopt equal rights policies at the workplace in the Western Balkans.

He is also credited with the phenomenal and successful movements centered on intolerance, inclusion, and kindness towards transgender people; the campaigns of “Lipstick Movement” and “Nobody is Straight” have been among the most successful movements vouching for equal rights and better employment opportunities.

source: vmagzine

Health & Work

Being in good work is better for your health than being out of work. ‘Good work’ is defined as having a safe and secure job with good working hours and conditions, supportive management and opportunities for training and development.

As adults in employment spend a large proportion of their time in work, our jobs and our workplaces can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing. In fact, employment can impact both directly and indirectly on the individual, their families and communities. Therefore, work and health-related worklessness are important public health issues, both at local and national level. There is clear evidence that good work improves health and wellbeing across people’s lives, not only from an economic standpoint but also in terms of quality of life. ‘Good work’ means having not only a work environment that is safe, but also having a sense of security, autonomy, good line management and communication within an organisation. Creating healthy workplaces entails supporting disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

Being in good employment reduces the risk of mental health conditions such as depression and psychological distress but, for some people, can also be a cause of stress and common mental health problems.

Work is important to most of us on many levels. Doing a job we enjoy and find satisfying can provide a meaningful focus for our lives, as well as bringing in an income. Our standard of living hinges on the money we make, while employment often contributes to our self-image and self-esteem.

How to describe work experience on your Resume

One of the most difficult parts in writing a resume is composing the descriptions of your jobs, volunteer work, projects, and other relevant experiences. Each description of your work history and volunteer experience should be clear and concise, yet descriptive. After reading your description, a prospective employer should know exactly what your responsibilities were, what skills you have developed, where your strengths lie, and what you have achieved.

Here are some tips to help you write a concise and informative description:

  • Begin each item by stating the name of the place, location, dates, and job title (e.g. manager, volunteer) List experiences in reverse chronological order (most current experience first).
  • Describe your responsibilities in concise statements led by strong verbs. Focus on those skills and strengths that you possess and that you have identified as being important to your field. Try to incorporate industry specific key words. Show potential employers exactly how you will fit their position and their company.
  • Be sure to vary your action words. You do not want all your descriptions to sound the same. Use present tense for those activities which are ongoing and past tense for those with which you are no longer involved.
  • Avoid using “I,” “and,” “the,” and the use of any pronouns and prepositions.
  • Whenever possible, quantify your accomplishments and responsibilities.
  • Avoid summarizing or describing what a company or organization you worked with did or does. Describe your responsibilities and accomplishments in relationship to the job/organization, not the job/organization itself.
  • Limit your description to the three or four most important points.

LGBTIQ Employment Equality Index, North Macedonia 2020

17 th May 2021, Skopje

The Headhunter Group, together with the non-profit organization Dignity Global and its foundation, People First and with the strong support of the Embassy of the Netherlands in North Macedonia as a part of its social responsibility created and implemented the LGBTIQ Employment Equality Index.

The HeadHunter, the largest Group operating in the areas of Human Resources, in the Western Balkans, also present in Cyprus, Greece and the United States, invites you to follow the official presentation of the LGBTIQ Employment Equailty Index. The index is introduced for the first time in North Macedonia and is a system ranking companies which protects and supports the rights and dignity of LGBTIQ jobseekers and employees. The index rewards those companies which have devotedly put into practice diversity at the workplace. The index also represents a great opportunity for companies, jobseekers and legal authorities, to promote best practices in the employment sector. This is an opportunity to provide concrete information about education and awareness-raising against discrimination at the workplace.

People First is foundation part of the world wide Dignity Global non-government organization founded in 2019 with its headquarters in New York City. The main focus is on the equal opportunities for everyone
around the world no matter race, age, sex, religious beliefs or cultural backgrounds.

The HeadHunter Group‘s founder, Mr. Elton ILIRJANI, states in relation to this Index: “We have created the Index as a way to contribute more specifically to improving the life of citizens pertaining to LGBTIQ community, by introducing it first in Albania and then in Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina and North Macedonia. By strengthening the competitive spirit in the private sector, we have created this Index to reward companies in their efforts to include LGBTIQ people in the workplace, and to encourage companies in receiving ever-higher ratings, year after year “.

The Headhunter Group founder, Mr. Elton Ilirjani
Mr. Elton Ilirjani, founder of The Headhunter Group

In the Index, a number of 70 companies and organizations of North Macedonia, from a big number of industries, were included in the survey, which expressed their willingness to participate in this research.
Following a standardized format and methodology, The HeadHunter Group staff makes verification of policies and practices in place while conducting interviews. Out of the 70 participating companies, five of them have managed to win awards; bronze, silver and gold. Analysis of findings have shown that policies, diversity, practices and programs in general, in the workplace, are absent in North Macedonia. Even if they are present, generally do not include LGBTIQ community jobseekers and employees. Companies lack of policies, practices, and trained human resource managers in the field of diversity at work. Just to mention few key findings from the study, on the question: Does the company have a non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity policy that applies to all employees?

Exactly 50% of companies state that they currently have a policy for non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees. Although this represents half of participating companies, as this question is not specifically for LGBTIQ persons but for all persons, it shows that there is still tremendous room for improvement in building a culture of non-discrimination. Companies were asked if the policy is specific to LGBTIQ and related status. None of the companies had policies which contained language related to LGBTIQ and related status, again highlighting the fact that employment policies as yet do not sufficiently protect LGBTIQ job-seekers and employees. However, is positive that 13% of the companies mention that all terms are included in their policies and only 6 % of companies train their human resource managers or other directors on non-discrimination and equal opportunities. Taking into account the findings, The HeadHunter Group sees a great need for training about diversity in the
workplace for companies in North Macedonia, as well as about standardized policies and practices that companies can tailor and adopt.

“In the Index’s findings, we were not surprised by the lack of investment in the workplace diversity,” says The HeadHunter‘s founder, Mr. Elton ILIRJANI, “but negativity appart, we see an unique opportunity and interest from companies in adopting policies and train their staff on this issue. We are ready to offer support to companies based on their willingness, through making our technical available to them. “

The HeadHunter Group will introduce the results of this Index on May 17, 2021, at group’s web site

www.theheadhunter.com and at the following web portals:

All the media in the country are invited to follow the official report, where interesting results for this year will be presented.