How to build a diverse workforce
What you'll learn:
You’ll learn how to be aware of biases that can impact your recruitment strategies. You’ll also learn how to use behavioral data and other best practices to ensure a diverse workforce.
Expanding recruiting initiatives to improve inclusivity
Be intentional about casting a wide net when recruiting. Although education requirements are a standard part of any job description, competitive companies are beginning to loosen the baseline requirements around college degrees. To recruiters who are focused on recruiting candidates with college experience: Don’t just focus on elite universities. Make sure to include historically black colleges and universities, hispanic-serving institutions, women’s colleges, and public and community colleges.
To the right are some other tips that help you recruit from a more diverse audience.
You can also focus on employee referrals to increase diversity. Employees come to organizations with plenty of connections, and companies would be remiss not to take advantage of these ready-made networks to expand their recruiting initiatives. HR departments and personnel should be sure to cast a wider net by incentivizing their team members to recommend qualified talent from their networks. Consider offering a higher incentive specifically for underrepresented candidates.
Activities to recruit a more diverse audience
Create unbiased job descriptions that focus only on what is required to be successful in the role.
Optimize job ads so that they reach a wider audience.
Post on job boards that promote minority and underrepresented talent.
Redact personal candidate information from resumes.