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Being Aware of Social Media Discrimination
By: CareerCast.com
Finding a new job is rarely easy. You have to identify each opportunity, earn an interview and convince those you meet to hire you. The last thing you want is for other aspects of your life (aside from your skills and experience) to influence your chances at success. That's especially true if you already face some perceived barrier in the job market. Yet many of us utilize social networking sites in a way that reads more like an online diary than a professional method of communication, which can result in you revealing thoughts and feelings that should be concealed from ... more
Fostering Workplace Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
There is no denying that diversity in the workplace is good for business, but first and foremost, HR needs to focus on hiring for the top talent. Is there any reason to think a company can’t have both? In an economy where the average age of retirement is now 62 years old, our workforce is straddling more generations than ever before. So how can we make sure that we are building companies with cultures that represent and nurture all of our employees? Last week we hosted an event and got a chance to hear from four of today’s top hiring ... more
Digital Skills Are Essential In Bridging The Pay Gap
By: CareerCast.com
In his Department of Labor blog , Labor Secretary Tom Perez writes "[t]here is a pragmatic calculation" to creating a more equal work environment for men and women alike. Though the Equal Pay Act approaches its 53rd anniversary in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a gender-based pay gap still exists -- and it's particularly striking in IT and management fields. Women in computer/mathematical careers earn 79.9% compared to men, and 77.5% women in management. Those particularly stark differences underscore the importance of "digital fluency" in bridging the pay gap. SHRM reports that gap won't be bridged for another ... more
Know Your Rights: What Interviewers Can't Ask You
By: CareerCast.com
Fortunately, most businesses recognize the value of hiring a diverse workforce, and they make sure interviewers understand and respect that goal. For those companies, equal employment opportunities are the norm. However, discrimination still occurs during job interviews every day, which can prevent qualified candidates from being hired and subvert the benefits that a diverse workforce creates. To be sure, one of the most insidious settings where your rights can be violated is the job interview. The questioner may be prejudiced or ignorant; whatever the reason, you are asked questions that employers are not permitted to ask job applicants. Here’s an ... more
5 Leading Healthcare Diversity CEO's
By: CareerCast.com
Diversity in the workplace is important, especially in the healthcare field, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be able to figure out which employers embrace diversity just by looking at the stock photos on a company brochure. It helps if the company promotes diverse candidates to the highest positions, and in the healthcare field, there are a number of CEOs of major firms. That's good news, too, because healthcare continues to be a bright light in terms of employment opportunities, and will continue to grow, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are five diverse CEOs who ... more
Companies Balance Work And Life
By: CareerCast.com
In today’s consumer marketplace, people can customize and personalize just about anything they want, from clothing to ring tones. So why not careers? Despite the recession, nearly 81 percent of U.S. employers are maintaining and 13 percent are increasing the flexibility they offer their employees, according to a Families and Work Institute study. And the most progressive companies, The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, offer more benefits with more sustainable results. In the past, flexible schedules most often were granted to new mothers and those with serious family concerns, such as a terminally ill relative. Today, however, progressive companies ... more
Diversity Connection on Social Media
By: CareerCast.com
It's easy to determine how many users actively engage with each major social network. The companies reveal that information at every earnings call. When it comes to divulging the demographics of their user bases, however, companies such as Facebook and Twitter remain tight-lipped. But now we know the most racially diverse social network in the U.S.: congratulations, Instagram. The data was revealed in a Wall Street Journal story about Twitter touting its diversity to lure advertisers. Twitter has gone so far as to hire a "multicultural strategist" in November to lead "its effort to target black, Hispanic and Asian-American users." ... more
Practices For Diversity Recruiting In STEM
By: CareerCast.com
Unfortunately, I have found that corporate recruiting leaders spend way too much time complaining about the many problems associated with successfully recruiting STEM women and other diversity hires. What is needed is less talk and more practical, proven recruiting solutions. The goal of this complete article is to provide 25+ leading-edge best practices in recruiting that have proven to be effective at major firms. Referrals Are the Best Way to Successfully Recruit Top STEM Women Among all sources, referrals routinely produce the best on-the-job performers with the highest retention rates. But they can be especially effective on employed women. This ... more
Tech Gender Gap Starts at Entry-Level Opportunities
By: CareerCast.com
Women aren't even landing many entry-level jobs in the tech industry, per a new report — but proceed with caution before chalking it up to a problem with the talent pool. According to the report , from McKinsey, women in the tech industry hold only 37% of entry-level jobs. That number is significantly lower than the 47% of women who, on average, are offered entry-level positions in other industries. McKinsey attributed the disparities to the tech industry's "pipeline problem," or that the tech industry doesn't have enough women with relevant college degrees in its talent pool. READ MORE AT MASHABLEmore
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