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5 Steps Forward Financing is Taking to Find Diverse Job Candidates

Written by: Lauren Groccia

Building a diverse workforce is a top concern for many companies in 2021, as it should be. But creating a diverse workplace starts by intentionally searching for and finding diverse job candidates.At Forward Financing, we actively promote a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all we do. We are committed to creating a workplace where trust and respect are paramount, and all employees feel valued, heard, and accepted. 


By embracing the diversity of thought, background, and identity, we will continue to become a stronger team and a better organization. And building a diverse environment is a team effort. Our Talent Acquisition and Hiring Teams are working hard to take action that creates change. Here are five steps we are taking to make progress in this area.


1. Searching for professionals in underrepresented groups

One of the first steps we take is to check LinkedIn for professionals in underrepresented groups and proactively reaching out with job opportunities that may be of interest. This is made possible by using LinkedIn’s Recruiter search features. 

We do this by coming up with a list of relevant keywords to use in the Recruiter search settings. From there, we can utilize custom filters and similar profile settings to find candidates that match our criteria. 


2. Posting job ads that attract a wide variety of audiences

Another way we find diverse candidates is by posting job ads on websites that attract a specific audience. For instance, The Mom Project is an organization that connects women with employers who respect work/life integration, POCIT is a website that connects people of color in tech with companies, and is a website for job seekers from Black communities.

These are just three examples — we post to a wide variety of websites that have an audience with different underrepresented groups.


3. Partnering with the right organizations

Forming the right partnerships is essential to promoting diversity in the workplace. That’s why Forward Financing partners with organizations like Year Up, a company striving to close the opportunity divide by providing education and resources.

By partnering with Year Up, we have access to a diverse pipeline of talent that we may not be able to access otherwise. And it ensures that we can hire talent who will bring new and innovative thoughts and ideas to the table. 


4. Using inclusive language in job descriptions

We review and edit all job descriptions to ensure that the language and position requirements are inclusive and appeal to the broadest possible audience. We’re in the process of onboarding a software tool that helps do this efficiently and that provides a data-backed approach.

We also avoid using complex jargon or phrases in our job postings that would turn away potential job candidates. We avoid using words like “stakeholder,” “liaise,” or “best practices” in favor of more universal language that will resonate with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. 


5. Working with third-party staffing agencies

And finally, Forward Financing works closely with third-party staffing agencies that provide access to additional candidate pools. This helps minimize any unconscious bias and ensures we receive access to a vast pool of diverse candidates.

Promoting diversity in the workplace is an ongoing priority, and our work is far from over. But we continue to make progress by establishing diversity as a clear priority and aligning our operational actions with it.