Ways to make your job descriptions more inclusive

Erik Fiala
Erik Fiala
Founder, CEO at Source
Jan 14, 2023
3 min read
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Introduction

When it comes to attracting top talent to your company, the way you write your job descriptions can make a big difference. But it's not just about making the descriptions sound appealing - it's also important to make sure they're inclusive to a diverse group of applicants. Here are a few tips to help you make your job descriptions more inclusive:

1. Avoid using gendered language

Instead of saying "he" or "she," use gender-neutral terms like "they" or "the candidate." This way, anyone can feel like they're a good fit for the position, regardless of their gender.

2. Be mindful of the words you use

Certain words can carry connotations that might discourage certain groups of people from applying. For example, using words like "competitive" or "aggressive" might turn off women, who are often socialized to avoid those traits.

3. Consider the educational requirements

If you list a specific degree or certification as a requirement, you might be excluding people who have the skills and experience you're looking for but don't have that specific qualification. Try to focus on the skills and experience that are truly necessary for the job, rather than the specific degree someone holds.

4. Include a diversity statement

A diversity statement can help show applicants that your company values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. It can also help attract applicants from underrepresented groups who might be hesitant to apply to a company that doesn't have a strong diversity statement.

5. Be flexible with working hours and location

Being flexible in terms of working hours and location can open the door to a wider pool of applicants, including those who might have caregiving responsibilities or live in a different time zone.

Conclusion

By following these tips, you can make your job descriptions more inclusive and attract a diverse group of applicants. This can help ensure that your company is filled with the best talent, regardless of their background or demographics.

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