Sourcing top talent today is already tough. But when diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are added to the mix, recruiters and sourcers often say they have a tougher time finding and hiring diverse employees.
According to hireEZ’s 2021 Recruitment Outlook Report,40% of recruiters struggle with diversity hiring because it’s a time-consuming process. However, only 7% say that there’s a small talent pool for sourcing.
It shouldn’t have to be difficult and time-consuming to source for diverse talent, especially if there is already such a large readily and available talent pool for employers to tap into.
There are many channels and resources for recruiters and sourcers to build a talent pool of underrepresented candidates.
This guide will break down the necessary steps for hiring diverse talent and remaining intentional in your recruitment strategy.
While reviewing this guide to hiring underrepresented employees, ask yourself these questions…
⭐️ Do I understand the needs and challenges of underrepresented candidates and employees?
⭐️ Does my team have the resources to answer critical questions that underrepresented talent have while learning about my organization?
⭐️ What bottlenecks does my team have in implementing any of these steps?
With that said, let’s dive into all the things you can do to recruit smart, skilled, and diverse talent.
Evaluate your current hiring process
Use blind hiring methods
Use recruitment software for targeted sourcing & outreach
If you notice a higher percentage of these candidates in a particular location or school, you can focus your efforts there. You can even analyze top companies these candidates go to and review how you can offer a similar experience at your organization.
Keep teams in check with visible & accessible data
Affirm your commitment to equal opportunity employment
Encourage referrals from diverse employees
Keep current employees happy
Offer flexibility where possible
Train hiring managers to be objective
Get started with a full list of biases to discuss with your team. Access the list with our free ebook, Managing Bias in the Recruitment Process.
Add class to your diversity criteria
View it as “culture add” instead of “culture fit”
Talk about your Employee Resource Groups
Put these steps to work
You don’t need to do every single thing on this list to ensure diversity in your hiring. The best part about this list is how customizable it can be to your needs, so pick and choose what fits. Take into consideration your company size, budget, and overall hiring and diversity goals to create a hiring strategy that focuses on bringing the best out of your future diverse employees.
Remember, diversity hiring should not be about you or your organization. It’s about building an equitable environment for them to grow, thrive and succeed.
To learn how hireEZ supports diversity hiring goals with data and insights for you and your team to act on, read what our customers are saying and talk to our team today.
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