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    Eight Ways to Pitch Your Diverse Background as an Employment Asset

    It has become more common to hear employers talk about valuing workplace diversity and inclusion. For Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers, this meant including a certain number of people of different genders or races in the workplace. Today’s Millennial generation, however, prefers “cognitive diversity,” or the blending of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives within a team.

    As employers seek to hire people with diverse racial, sexual, class or religious backgrounds, you can drive the conversation about the value that your own diversity brings to a company.

    Use these shifts in values to your advantage when applying and interviewing for jobs. Here are eight benefits of a diverse workplace that you can cite when talking with employers:

    1. Adaptability—Having a workforce of diverse experiences and backgrounds will better prepare organizations to adapt to unforeseen challenges and opportunities.
    2. Range of Service—A diverse workforce can impact the range of services the organization can provide.
    3. Varying Perspectives—Employing professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds can bring new and different perspectives to the table.
    4. Learning and Growth—Having a diverse staff will create opportunities for people to get to learn more about different backgrounds and professions.
    5. Communication—A staff that can conduct business and provide customer service in multiple languages means opportunities to grow and expand into new markets.
    6. Increased Productivity—An organization with a diverse workforce can often increase productivity by tapping into the wealth of knowledge on staff.
    7. Increased Innovation—Having a wide variety of opinions, skills, experiences and backgrounds on staff is a great way to encourage innovation in the workplace.
    8. Satisfy a Diverse Customer Base—An organization whose staff represents its diverse customer base is a great way to create connections between the staff and the customer.

    Those are just some of the ways that you can pitch your diversity as something that can contribute to the strength of a company or organization. What are some others? Add your comments below, or start a conversation on GoodProspects® and share ideas with other job seekers and career advancers.

    Dennis Nelson
    Dennis Nelson joined Goodwill Industries International as a Career Navigation Program Specialist in June 2014. He supports the GoodProspects® for Credentials to Careers initiative, which is dedicated to supporting members that are engaged in training, credentialing and employment services for nontraditional students. Dennis is considered an advocate for social change and has devoted his career to serving people through civic engagement, career advancement, and professional development.
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    • William Ennis
      June 3rd, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Great advice especially for those of us who are considered over-aged and over-qualified for most jobs based on our multiple-paged resume chronology; and we are competing against younger generation, technical savvy, recent college graduates. The older-age workers, 50+ years old, receive the most discrimination of any minority group of people.

      • Selba Rea
        September 7th, 2015 at 8:11 pm

        I totally agree with W. Ennis. I have never felt so inadequate. How can you help those in position and or in need of your expertise when they are intimidated by your knowledge and experience?

        09/07/15

    • liam McAllister
      October 3rd, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much for the advice and help. It is important to learn all you can about the benefits of being concise and succinct on selling yourself to prospective employees. Thank you again.

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