Inclusive job descriptions ensure that all qualified job seekers feel comfortable applying, no matter their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else. But they’re not an accident.
Five Steps to Inclusive Job
Inclusive job descriptions
share five common traits.
They employ non-biased job
description language, diversity
statements, clear requirements,
benefits and perks, and
First and foremost, inclusive
job descriptions include
industry-standard titles that
job seekers can find and
A job title is the focal point where hiring
teams, job seekers, and job boards all first
connect. Hiring teams use titles to define and
categorize roles. Job seekers use titles as
keywords to search for work on job boards.
And job boards use titles as keywords to show
listings to job seekers.
Second, inclusive job
descriptions are clear about
the role, the responsibilities,
and the requirements.
They convey what an employee does in a role,
whom they report to, and what skills and
abilities they need. When the requirements
don’t match the job (i.e., they include
unnecessary degrees or nice-to-haves), a job
ad can actually deter qualified applicants and
attract unqualified applicants.
Three, inclusive job
represent the company by
including diversity statements
and benefits/perks sections.
Four, inclusive job descriptions use clear,
unbiased language that welcomes all job
seekers. Job seekers find jargon,
wordiness, or awkwardness in job posts
confusing. Similarly, some sentiments are
welcoming to everyone, while others are
welcoming to only certain people.
Five, inclusive job
everywhere job seekers
are looking for them.
That means publishing to all
major job boards, niche job
boards (e.g., FlexJobs for
remote workers), and social
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