There are Olympic sized hurdles on the track to diversity recruiting, but with practice, you’ll soar over them all. Hold on to your charlie horse, because we’re going to guide you over some hurdles to stretch your recruiting efforts for the long run.
1.) Where there is power, there is resistance
Your recruiting champs take pride in the practices and strategies they create and may not want to warm up to a new game plan. However, it’s scientifically proven that diverse teams lead to deep pockets, which means more money to spend on gold medal raises at the end of the year.
2.) Recruiters get tired too
Diversity recruiting isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Even the best long distance racers get tired and recruiter burnout is real. Getting lapped by resumes, LinkedIn searches and sourcing, you can exhaust your team with too many practices. Appoint a trainer so recruiters stay focused in the race. No volunteers? Try doing it yourself, one step at a time.
3.) Focus on the distance
Recruiting often takes a downhill turn without focus, practice, and resources. Companies are appointing Chief Diversity Officers to coach all the way to the finish line. Want something more interactive? Build a team of cheerleaders to keep your spirits up. Schedule regular practices, discuss setbacks and improvements to your form.
4.) Longing for belonging
When new and diverse teammates should feel like top recruits and contribute to the race. Your entire team should support the race to diversity and welcome new talent in hopes of building a sense of belonging on the team. Otherwise, diverse teammates might leave, grow unhappy and— worst of all — join other teams.
There are all sorts of hurdles that pop up on the track to recruiting success. To keep your endurance — warm up, practice, plan your execution and keep the end goal in mind. Most importantly — remember, we’re cheering you on!