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The Importance of Diversity-Focused Job Boards and How They Drive Representation Impact

Whether you want to call it the “Great Resignation” or the “Great Renegotiation,” approximately 33 million Americans have left their jobs since spring 2021 and are looking for or have found new ones.

People are leaving their jobs to retire, take care of kids or get better pay and treatment. And many companies are looking for new faces, voices and people with different life experiences, which is why it’s a great time to up your DEI strategy to find diverse candidates.

Companies must look in the right places and job boards to find those diverse candidates. If a company is not receiving enough applicants from diverse demographics, there may be an outreach issue. In other words: recruiters must meet these diverse candidates where they are.

Take the DiversityInc Job Board as an example. Our mission is to “bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity,” and our job board starts by telling job seekers how to find positions in three easy steps:

  1. Create Your Profile: Upload your résumé and photo to let the community know who you are. Once your profile is complete, employers can find you.
  2. Apply to Jobs: Set up email alerts and get relevant jobs listings sent straight to your inbox. Explore jobs that fit your experience with our advanced search.
  3. Find the Right Match: Start interviewing and connecting with companies that value what your unique skills and experience bring to their workforce.

DiversityInc’s job board also allows you to view featured companies and jobs, search by job type or view career advice.

Although the DiversityInc job board is primarily for job seekers, there’s also beneficial information for employers too.

Get Your Company’s Name on the Board

If you’re a company that prides itself on its DEI efforts and is looking to expand its diverse workforce, getting your name and open roles on a job board like DiversityInc’s is a great first step. Some of the companies that post on our job board include:

  • TD Bank ( 14 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021)
  • Wells Fargo ( 25 in 2021)
  • AstraZeneca ( 47 in 2020)

Having your company listed on DiversityInc’s job board will not only help increase your applicant pool but also allow your company to actually talk about the importance of DEI, challenges and more in the career advice section. Talking about your company policies gives diverse candidates a better sense of what your organization is about and allows your company to use more of a personal touch if you’re writing an advice column, speaking on a webinar or featured in a video.

Our job board also features a “Find a Candidate” tool where the job is posted and viewed by thousands, and then employers receive candidate matches via email.

Sourcing Diverse Talent

No matter what size your organization is, at some point, every stage of the hiring process needs to be re-evaluated to hire diverse talent. Sourcing at the top of the hiring funnel is a good place to start.

Job boards that cater specifically to diverse candidates help employers reach a broader range of talent. For employers posting job opportunities, it’s important to use inclusive language and possibly an AI-based diversity and inclusion software during the hiring process to help make hiring decisions based on merit.

Job Boards for Hiring Underrepresented Groups

DiversityInc’s job board isn’t the only one focused on candidate diversity. Diversity.com and DiversityJobs are notable places to post jobs if your company is looking to recruit more people of color. Diversity.com has been around since 2000 and features job posting across industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, education and technology.

Much like DiversityInc’s job board, other job boards bring high-quality candidates with different backgrounds to the forefront because they focus more on diverse candidates than some of the job sites that pull from a bigger pool of candidates.

Hiring Women in the Corporate Pipeline

According to McKinsey’s 2021 Women in the Workplace report, women have made “small gains” in the corporate pipeline since 2016, but women of color remain significantly underrepresented in leadership roles.

When looking at all positions, from entry-level to management, leadership and C-suite, women of color “lose ground” to white women and men of color at every step up the corporate ladder.

When looking at C-suite specifically, McKinsey’s research shows that those roles are 62% white men hold, 20% white women, 13% men of color and 4% women of color.

While diversity-focused job boards can help find and recruit talent across many roles, they can also function as a crucial tool to overcome the lack of representation for women of color in the corporate world.

In an article from the American Association of University Women, Dante Lee, founder and CEO of BlackJobs.com, said his recruitment website works with 500 employers in the U.S.

“All of them are actively hiring, and all of them want to be more inclusive,” he said.

In the end, it’s not a matter of diverse people seeking jobs or a desire among companies to hire these candidates. But issues around the two finding each other through the right platforms persist. Consistently re-examining your job board and recruiting practices, the language used in your job descriptions and how you interact with diverse candidates on those platforms is helpful in boosting your ability to attract diverse candidates and impact equitable representation within the organization.

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