In today’s global business landscape, companies are finally starting to realize the importance of having a diverse workforce. As iHispanic reports, a 2012 American Express Open Forum poll indicates that 63 percent of top executives believe that establishing diversity programs would make their companies more competitive. This is good news for minority jobseekers, but it brings up an important question: How do you make it known to potential employers that you’re, say, black, Hispanic, or a member of the LGBT community?
In a great post called “The Right Way to Identify Yourself as a Diversity Hire,” iHispanic’s editors offer tips for effectively and appropriately using your minority status to your benefit. The key is to not just reveal that you’re a minority, but also to explain how your unique experiences have shaped you and made you an especially valuable employee.
1. Highlight Diversity Connections on Your Resume — Were you a member of a minority-related fraternity? Perhaps you’re still part of a professional minority organization? Be sure to list it on your resume. You should also include any diversity initiatives you worked on at past jobs. “Hiring managers who are interested in diverse candidates will be looking for this type of involvement on your resume,” iHispanic’s editors write.
2. Work It Into the Cover Letter — Piggybacking on a Collegetribune.com post, iHispanic recommends using your cover letter to say things like, “As a LGBT engineer, I make it a priority to include a wide range of diverse voices in all my projects.” That’s a good way to inform the hiring manager you’re an LGBT individual, and that your experiences have had a meaningful impact on your skill set.
3. Mention It During the Interview — A good way to do this is to ask about the company’s commitment to diversity. You might also talk about why it’s important for you to work for a firm that values diversity.