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Do Your Job Descriptions Need to Be More Inclusive?

Did you know that your job descriptions provide insight into your company culture? They hint at your approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Your job descriptions typically provide candidates the first real look inside your organization.

This is why your descriptions need to be inclusive of all types of job seekers.

Why Is DEI Important?

Having a DEI workforce benefits your employees and your company in significant ways:

Glassdoor’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Workplace Survey shows that 76% of job seekers and employees say a diverse workforce is important when evaluating companies and job offers. This is especially true for Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ people.

The same survey shows that 71% of Black and 72% of Hispanic employees say their employer should be doing more to increase the diversity of its workforce.

The Glassdoor survey also shows that 58% of candidates won’t apply to a company with a pay gap.

How Can You Create Inclusive Job Descriptions?

Keep your job descriptions free of gender coding. Historically, these words, phrases, and traits are associated with either the female or male gender. Examples include ninja, rock star, and supportive. Such signals reduce the number of qualified applicants who respond to job postings. Ensure you use inclusive language that welcomes candidates regardless of their background, perspectives, or prescribed gender.

Minimize your qualifications and requirements. Whereas women typically will apply if they feel they fit all of the qualifications, men typically will apply if they feel they fit more than half of them. Keep in mind that your new hire can adapt to the work environment, gain knowledge, and develop skills as they progress with their job responsibilities and duties.

Use clear, everyday language. This is especially important for job seekers from another industry who want to work for your company. They may not understand any industry- or company-specific jargon you might use. The easier your job duties and responsibilities are to understand, the better these candidates can show how their transferrable skills can benefit your organization.

Want Help Creating Inclusive Job Descriptions?

High Profile Staffing understands that investment in DEI initiatives is important for your business. If you are struggling to find skilled employees, contact High Profile Staffing for help. Get in touch online or call 972-991-7900.

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