Attract diverse talent at all levels

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There are many ways to attract and seek out diverse talent, but not all organisations are aware of them. Efforts to make a workplace more inclusive may not automatically fill your hiring pipeline with candidates from a variety of backgrounds – so how do the organisations who are getting it right do it?

How do I do it?

  • Make use of purpose-built diversity-boosting networks, databases and directories
  • Make use of diversity and inclusion recruitment toolkits and checklists
  • Write more inclusive job ads
  • Make use of existing initiatives that build diversity (eg., mentorship and community programs)
  • Consider setting up initiatives in partnership with other organisations in your sector if they don’t already exist
  • Seek out experts and be prepared to invest in their advice
  • Widen your search for talent by using different agencies or advertising in different publications
  • Try hiring talent direct from high school, university or training college by contacting educational institutions
  • Try color-conscious casting and/or hiring rather than color-blind.
  • Take a fresh look at your screening process. Might unconscious bias be limiting the diversity of your candidate shortlists?
  • Put a commitment to inclusion at the centre of your hiring efforts

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