What is diversity recruiting?
Diversity recruiting is the act of specifically seeking out job candidates who are from diverse backgrounds to fill open positions within a company.
In relation to the workforce, the term diversity was used as a code word for “people of color” or in other words, those who were of African American, Asian American, or Hispanic descent. For the sake of inclusion, a more modern take on the idea of diversity has been adopted. This modern definition now encompasses other underrepresented groups, such as veterans, women, and individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community. This change in definition is a reflection of the tumultuous history surrounding diverse populations in the workforce.
For many employers, now the term diversity has grown solely from ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation to a more holistic view that takes into account one’s culture, experiences, background, values, and perspective on the world. These traits are what make people “diverse”, and the savviest employers are looking for people with creativity and unique ways of thinking based on such traits.