Many tech companies and hiring managers want to hire from a more diverse pool of qualified applicants, but they keep getting the same types of job seekers. Understanding why diversity within a team matters can help you examine your hiring practices to determine why you aren’t appealing to female candidates, older job-seekers, applicants with “imposter-syndrome”-type of issues, or candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds. Learn a few tips for what to do (and not do) when writing and posting a job description and find out how to promote the job opening to a more diverse pool of skilled applicants. When you leave this session, you should also have specific ideas for new benefit offerings, mentorships, or cultural changes to make within your organization that will help you retain top tech talent.
Rikki Endsley started her career in IT as the managing editor of Sys Admin magazine. She moved on to become managing editor and then associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine and ADMIN magazine, and editor in chief of Ubuntu User magazine. In addition to her current role as the community manager for the USENIX Association and managing editor of its ;login: magazine, Rikki writes for a variety of tech publications.
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