How to Really Recruit a Diverse Workforce [INFOGRAPHIC]

Heather Huhman

You may have wondered how great organizations recruit and retain amazing employees. Do they hire from the same alma mater? Do employees have similar skillsets and backgrounds? Do they think, act, and accomplish goals similarly? Actually, it’s the opposite.

Diverse teams have varying experiences, learning styles, and success stories, all of which can contribute to the growth and success of an organization. While similar employees may be beneficial today, without this sort of diversity development, many companies may stay stagnant or stuck in outdated practices.

Thankfully, recruiting diverse employees isn’t that difficult. You just have to adjust your strategies in order to target them better. The following infographic, compiled by InternMatch, showcases how to incorporate diversity into your recruitment strategy. Here are some key points to note:

  • 81% of companies plan to focus on recruiting diverse candidates in 2014

  • 36.7% of companies plan to reserve intern spots for diverse students in 2014

  • Social recruiting is your friend: 80% of Hispanics use social media, compared to 75% of African Americans and 70% of whites

Check out the full infographic below!


What do you think? How do you incorporate diversity into your recruitment strategy?

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Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010). Find Heather on Google+.