How to Attain Inclusion Through Diversity Recruiting

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In celebration of Black History Month, we recognize the need for continued discussion around recruiting diverse talent. We all have heard the case for diversity and inclusion many times this past year. However, diversity and inclusion are critical to business performance. The time is now to recruit diverse talent.

What is Diversity Recruiting?

Diversity recruiting can be defined as actively recruiting people of diverse backgrounds for your active job hiring or pipelining for future hires. By recruiting professionals from a range of backgrounds at all levels of seniority, businesses gain access to a wide variety of viewpoints and perspectives. Companies with staff from a broad range of backgrounds have been found to outperform firms with a less diverse workforce.

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Benefits of Diversity Recruiting

Many studies show a correlation between the diversity of companies and their business success – with more diverse organizations outperforming the rest. Why? Homogeneity can hinder your organization’s ability to innovate.

Recruiting diverse talent has shown to not only help the work environment but the bottom line as well. This is most evident in a 2009 analysis of 506 companies that found firms with more racial or gender diversity had more sales revenue, more customers, and greater profits.

How to Hire Diverse Candidates

When creating job postings for role openings, make sure to address bias in the job advertisement. The challenge lies in the language used in job adverts. Certain language patterns might bias the application process and limit the pool of applicants. However, AI and tech can be helpful. Programs are available to evaluate the post and suggest alternative wordings to build more inclusive job descriptions.

Once the job description is crafted, the next step is selecting potential candidates from a more varied talent pool. By utilizing the same hiring procedures time after time, the posting is only exposing itself to the same type of candidates. Spot On Talent can help by expanding candidate search capabilities to target diverse groups, including sourcing passive candidates.

“By utilizing the same hiring procedures time after time, the posting is only exposing itself to the same type of candidates.”

Finally, the interview process can introduce a range of bias into the hiring process. To avoid this, evaluate candidates against the skill sets required for the job. Leaders can take this a step further by supporting the implementation of structured interviews and staff interview training.

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Spot On Solution

Employers increasingly recognize the benefits of a diverse workforce. But many still face challenges in implementing recruitment strategies that will achieve this. Taking on team members from varied backgrounds can improve innovation, increase productivity and grant new market insights. By adopting new strategies and tools to broaden the talent pools they recruit from, employers can gain an edge over their competitors.

Spot On Talent is here to help with any of your diverse recruiting needs! Send us an email or visit our website and tell us what positions are in need of a Spot On match.