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Gender Pay Gap
By: CareerCast.com
Improvements in the gender wage gap have been made in the last 35 years, though very gradually. The gap is shrinking for a younger generation, however.more
Big Data Becoming An Important Tool For Workplace Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
Peruse the CareerCast.com Jobs Rated Report for 2015, and you'll notice careers linked to statistical and consumer analysis rank among the best: data scientist, market research analyst, statistician. Data analysis plays an integral role in helping businesses tailor products and marketing to consumers. Analytics can also help predict risk in the workplace . And, as the U.S. Department of Labor outlines, employers can turn to data analysis to combat issues of workforce inequality. In a January 2016 column , the DOL details how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission plans to implement statistics compiled from the Employer Information Report to better ... more
Biggest Diversity Challenges To Address in 2012
By: CareerCast.com
Diversity in the workplace has been a top priority since the enactment of Title VII in 1964. With the passage of subsequent anti-discrimination regulations, lawmakers have been engaged in the creation of workplaces that are comprised of a wide range of people from varied cultures, races, and diverse interests. Overwhelming evidence supports diversity in the workplace, yet problems and issues persist, together with several new issues that have arisen out of changes in America's workforce demographic. Here are some of the groups likely to experience challenges due to diversity bias this year. Women As of 2011, women comprise nearly half ... more
Diversity Interview Do's and Don'ts
By: CareerCast.com
Finding a job depends on a successful interview. You may arrive to the interview early with a polished resume in hand and a bright smile, however, pre-employment interviews are used to filter out applicants from being considered for employment. Interviewers are looking for any reason to reduce their candidate pool to just a few. Therefore, as a diversity candidate, making a solid first impression is vital. To increase your chances of impressing the interviewer and possibly landing the position, there are several things to keep in mind. Below are six interview tips to help you prepare for that special day. ... more
Crafting The Right Resume
By: CareerCast.com
No doubt you’ve written plenty of cover letters. But the way we get jobs is changing fast. These days, more often than not, your word choice will affect not only how it’s received by the person who’s hiring, but also by the software (applicant tracking system, or ATS) that does the initial screening. Here’s how to get noticed by both the humans and the machines. Get keyword savvy You can describe your sterling qualifications in many ways, but your cover letter should be chock-full of the keywords included in the job description—otherwise the software will weed you out before the ... more
Top Locations for Minority-Driven Entrepreneurship
By: CareerCast.com
As the rapidly changing demographics of the U.S. shape the future economic landscape, policymakers have been occupied with finding ways to encourage and support more minority business ownership. As part of that work, they might want to take a look at areas in which people of color already own a majority of businesses. The border metro area of Laredo, Texas, had the largest share of businesses owned by minorities: almost three-quarters of all firms were minority-owned. Laredo was followed by McAllen, Texas (72%); Honolulu, (66%); El Paso and Brownsville, Texas (65%); El Centro, Calif. (60%); and Miami-Fort Lauderdale, (53%). Of ... more
Top Tech Companies For Women
By: CareerCast.com
If there's anything the Ellen Pao trial showed, it's that sexism is still alive in Silicon Valley. But some tech companies are trying to change that. The Anita Borg Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in technology, has released a study on the top companies in the world for female technologists. It analyzed 35 companies with a combined workforce of more than 435,000 technical employees, 91,000 of which were women. ABI also measured the representation of women at entry, mid, senior and executive levels, as well as the recruitment and promotion of women. The list boiled down ... more
Embracing The Benefits of Workplace Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
As Pride Month concludes, the words of Sec. of Labor Tom Perez bear repeating: "Protecting the workplace rights of LGBT workers is a moral imperative." In 2015, the Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination went into effect, guaranteeing LGBT workers freedom from discriminatory hiring practices when applying for federal contracting and/or subcontracting positions. Private employers following the lead and proactively working to foster a workplace that is more inclusive will find tremendous benefits -- both for the employer and employees. For example, a McKinsey report . found the top quarter of employers who emphasized diversity hiring practices found a likelihood ... more
Diversity at Work: Is it Cultural Diversity or Cosmetic Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
It’s very common to hear companies talk about the diversity at work they offer. However, just because a company presents an image of cultural diversity, it doesn’t mean it’s actually committed to creating a truly diverse workforce. Sometimes, a company is more focused on presenting Cosmetic Diversity for the sake of public appearances. Therefore, if you’re applying to a job that touts the importance of diversity at work, you cannot be certain that the fact that you belong to a minority will help you get the job. Instead of relying on that as your ace in the hole, work hard ... more
Experience and Education Counter Age Discrimination
By: CareerCast.com
If you're a member of the baby-boom generation, you can combat long-term unemployment and age discriminatory hiring practices by staying on top of new trends and continuing your personal development. The retirement age is climbing as older Americans today work longer than in generations past. Not only are they staying in the labor force longer, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that starting in the early 2000s, full-time employment for people age 65 and older surpassed part-time. That gap continues to widen thanks to the shaky economy. A problem older workers face is reentering the workforce after ... more