How to Identify Equal Opportunity Employers
Identifying organizations that practice inclusive hiring is a good start in your job search, especially if you are concerned about discrimination. Recruiting a diverse workforce is on the agenda of many organizations. You may see inclusive job posting statements similar to this: “We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all equity-seeking groups including visible minorities, people with disabilities and women.” Of course it can be difficult to know if these values are actively practiced, here are some questions to consider when you are looking into a company:
- Is there an HR representative who specifically works with equity-seeking groups?
- Do they have working groups for employees with disabilities?
- What does their professional development include?
- What is the company’s policy on discrimination?
Keep in mind that even if an organization does have good diversity policies, individuals within the company may not be as open so it’s a good idea to understand how the organization reacts to discrimination if there ever is a problem. Of course, the best way to get to know an organization’s culture is to get to know the employees themselves. Use your network to see if they know anyone in the company, or reach out to a new contact and ask about conducting an informational interview.