Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Workplace
Analyze the Job Description
If an organization is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, the job description should reflect that. Look for job posts that use gender-neutral and inclusive language, focus more on the expectations for the role instead of a long list of requirements, and encourage diverse candidates to apply.
Explore the Company’s Online Presence
A company’s website and social media platforms can strongly indicate its DEI values. Many organizations will include a diversity and inclusion statement on their “About” or “Jobs Page.” These pages typically highlight inclusive benefits such as adoption assistance or gender-reaffirming surgery and what annual holidays the company observes. You can find how and in what capacity they are involved in the community and where they choose to donate their money.
Looking at a company’s social media will tell you a lot about how they respond to current events and social justice issues. Also, many awards and certifications are presented to companies for their DEI work. Be sure to browse an organization’s “trophy case” for accolades that support its authenticity.
The Power of LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a beneficial tool for job seekers and can aid in identifying diverse organizations. LinkedIn allows you to browse a list of current employee profiles, showing how diverse the company is. This is also useful in determining who their executive team is and essential players in the company’s DEI space. LinkedIn provides insights that chart increases and decreases employee headcount and even which universities their employees graduated from.
Browse Company Reviews
Many job search websites collect employer reviews from past and present employees. Some sites, like Glassdoor, rate aspects like benefits, CEO approval, interview process, and competitive salary. Employees can leave a company rating and a review of the pros and cons. Look at company reviews on various employment sites.
There is information that can only be gathered by asking questions. If you have reached the point where you have now applied and have an interview scheduled, use this as an opportunity to ask the interviewer questions that will help shed light on the company’s commitment to DEI. Check out this list of questions you can ask during an interview to uncover these answers.
If you want to find a company that is genuinely committed to DEI, take the time to do the research and ensure your values align. A company does not have to check every single one of the boxes on your wish list but should undoubtedly check the most important ones.