- May 15th, 2013
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This morning I read through my employers affirmative action plan. I’ve always been aware of what it means to be an equal opportunity employer and the impact that affirmative action has on that. However, I didn’t know the intricacies of my employers plan when it comes to hiring a diverse workforce. After reading through this plan this morning I met with an individual who is seeking employment with my employer. This individual is still deciding which position(s) to apply for, but I was able to give some valuable insight regarding our affirmative action plan.
Too often, once someone is hired by an employer or even rejected for employment by an employer they fail to look into affirmative action. Our plan requires hiring committees to list reasons why someone from a protected group was not hired. This information can be incredibly helpful if you have been unable to get hired somewhere. Feedback from employers is not offered very easily, but if a company is required to list reasons, you might get some valuable feedback you’ve been missing.
If you are in a protected group and curious about how affirmative action impacts your place of employment or a potential future employer, look into their affirmative action plan and find out how you can use it to your advantage.