The word diversity has different meanings for so many people. For some it means people of all ages, for others, it’s a matter of ethnicity, while there are many more who think of diversity in terms of male and female. But what about a person’s sexual orientation or gender identification? While the recruitment industry works tirelessly to create an inclusive hiring process that appeals to people of all backgrounds, have some of us forgotten to include the LGBTQ community in our efforts?
Whether it’s an in-house recruiter or one that works for a recruitment agency or staffing company, it’s all the same work, right? Well, actually, no it’s not. While they all have the same ultimate goal of filling vacant positions, they often go about their jobs in a very different way.
Money, vacation, chocolate chip cookies in the office coffee room; each of your candidates will likely have a very different idea about what constitutes a decent perk. But did you know that the desires and needs of the average candidate have changed in recent years? Yes, it’s true, while salary and bonuses are still important, they are no longer the be all and end all of a contract negotiation. So what exactly is it that your potential hires are on the lookout for? Besides cookies of course.
From a lack of necessary skills to a checkered past they’d rather keep hidden, there are many reasons for a candidate to be a little less than honest on their resume. So no matter what your gut feeling is about that potential superstar hire it always pays to perform a proper background check. But uncovering those skeletons in a candidate’s closet isn’t always as straightforward as picking up the phone and checking a reference.
Candidate outreach is one of the most important aspects of recruitment - particularly when it comes to keeping those passive candidates feeling all warm and intrigued. However, it’s also one of the most time-consuming processes and one that for some, is quite difficult to master.