Tips From Diversity Leaders at Microsoft, HomeAway, and Audible
I first learned about PowerToFly when my friend started at the company as a recruiter. She explained that PowerToFly networks underrepresented talent, especially women, into companies that are building diverse and inclusive environments. Needless to say, I was intrigued.
The idea of "diversity recruiting" had always been somewhat vague and nebulous to me - how did companies go about it in a way that was genuine, thoughtful, and effective? Was that even possible?
Now working at PowerToFly myself, I've gotten an inside look at what strategies are successful for us (and our partners) in recruiting diverse candidates.
I've found that requests for gender neutral or inclusive language are often met with eye rolls. And not just from men.
I should know - as a college sophomore, I rolled my eyes big time when my Psychology of Gender professor said that using terms like "mankind" helped to sustain gender inequality. I still have my notes to prove it: "Obviously mankind refers to men and women." It wasn't until she had us engage in a brief thought experiment that I really understood her point.
It was simple: what do you picture when you think of "man" discovering fire?