There are many factors to consider when searching for a full-time job. For many people, finding an employer that values diversity and inclusion is a critical component of their search. But, how do you know if a potential employer truly promotes these values? Below are a few tips for your search that may help you evaluate whether a workplace is inclusive.
Search speciality job boards. Many specialty job boards exist that are dedicated to posting positions from employers who are committed to inclusive hiring practices. Check out the online resources posted on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page to see specific sites related to diversity recruitment.
A few examples:
- Check out Latpro for Spanish and bilingual jobs
- Review local LGBT Chamber of Commerce websites to investigate which organizations in your area have chosen to align themselves with LGBTQ communities
- Visit the disABLEDperson job board to see a listing of employers recruiting people with disabilities
Look at lists and indexes. Check out organizations that have been recognized for their diversity and inclusion efforts. Forbes, DiversityInc, and Fortune annually publish lists of top employers for diversity and inclusion. Another resource that could be helpful is the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which rates organizations on the equity of their policies and practices. Read through these lists to see which organizations align with your career interests, and investigate open positions
Research the organizational culture. There are many ways to get a pulse on company culture. Check out an organization’s website, social media pages, and employee profiles. Can you pick up on any signs that the organization is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace? Does the organization have employee resource or affinity groups? Are people of diverse backgrounds in leadership or management positions? Scroll through recent news articles to better understand the types of activities and issues associated with the organization’s leadership. Check out external websites like Glassdoor or InHerSight that provide reviews for organizational culture.
Connect with professionals from diverse backgrounds. Conducting informational interviews with people working in your field of interest can be revelatory in terms of obtaining industry-specific knowledge. Utilize your personal network or Eagle Exchange to connect with people working in positions/fields of interest. Did you know that you can utilize Eagle Exchange to search for alumni by specific identities and affinities? Use this tool to connect with professionals working in your field of interest with whom you share an identity. Ask them questions about their experience navigating the workplace. Inquire about their knowledge of specific organizations. These types of conversations may lead you to discover resources and will help you gather inside information, all while growing your personal network.
—By Julianne Smith, Associate Director, Career Education