By Melissa Uhniat & Sean O’Grady, CareerTV
If you looked up the definition of diversity, Mr. Webster would tell you that the word means a group of people that are different from one another. The most common perception of diversity is a difference in appearancem, but DiversityInc Media Co-Founder, Luke Visconti would tell you diversity is defined not by the way you look but by way you think, and understanding this can make you more marketable when job searcking.
Diversity is a mind-set
A company that specializes in diversity should be run by a person of ethnicity, right? Luke Visconti says wrong and advises a change in the way you view diversity.
“If you think about diversity, it is what makes us up, but if you think about it more clearly, it’s race, orientation, disability, age and gender,” Visconti said. “Diversity if more about the way you think than the way your look.”
DiversityInc Media is a company that has researched and analyzed diversity in corporate America for over a decade. The company’s monthly publication, DiversityInc Magazine, and website are geared toward diversity in the workplace. The staff works to motivate employers to manage diversity according to the needs of their customers.
“It’s not good enough to look like your customers. You have to think like them as well. And having diverse people in your workforce is the beginning point to enable people to think like their customers,” Visconti said.
Finding diverse employers
An organization may claim to promote diversity in the workplace, but Visconti advises job seekers to put the company to the test.
Before the interview, research the company’s website. Check for diversity on the homepage, what diversity programs are affiliated with the company, and if there is a statement from the CEO.
At the interview, take a gander at the office environment. Make sure you see diversity in the employees as well as of the people interviewing you.
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