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D&I in the Recruitment Process Help

Hello everyone, 

I hope you are all well and keeping safe at this time.  I work for a recruitment agency and part of my role is to ensure we champion D&I both internally and externally with our clients.  I am looking for some ideas around how we can help clients create diverse shortlists, how we can attract diverse candidates and so on...ideas we have so far include removing names from CVs, workshops empowering women in leadership etc, some of my clients previously have only accepted shortlists where at least 1 in 4 applicants were female etc.  Would any one be kind enough to share any ideas they have or what they have done/are doing to ensure D&I in the recruitment process?   

Kind Regards

Nikki

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  • Hi Nicholette

    Would you like to tell us which sector(s) and at what level(s) your recruitment agency operates? We can then be of most use to you by sharing sector specific or demographic specific initiatives.
  • In reply to Anna:

    Hi Anna, of course. Technology and transformation (tech and operational change mostly). Level tends to go mid to senior, typically ranging from 40k up to 140k level. I get asked a lot about women in technology as you can imagine with being in this sector.

    Many Thanks
    Nikki
  • In reply to Nicholette Koller:

    Hi Nikki

    Removing names from CVs will not attract diverse candidates although it might help them to progress further in the recruitment process once they've applied.

    To attract diverse candidates (and particularly women into STEM/Tech you need to proactively reach out to these people. I have come across agencies and headhunters that are doing so. Some have set up a women in tech (or similar name) network with events. Others are supporting Returner Programmes into tech. Then of course there are the big iniitiatives such as WISE which I assume you already know about.
  • In reply to Anna:

    Thank you Anna, this is much appreciated. I am arranging some events/workshops and have started putting a small strategy together for us. We are only small so we don't have the budget for some of the bigger initiatives at the moment. I will look in to supporting returner programmes. Thank you so much.
  • In reply to Nicholette Koller:

    Hi Nikki

    I guess that's one of the benefits of the current pandemic - all events are online so likely to be less expensive!

    If you're on twitter you might like to take a look at my curated list of Returner Programme intermediaries here: twitter.com/.../207306565