Thursday, August 13, 2020

"Diversity" Isn't Just for the Enterprise!

Join the CompTIA Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity!

I am very pleased to serve on the CompTIA Executive Council for Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity. The goal of this organization is to find ways to increase diversity in the IT community, and a big part of that is through education. To those ends, we have a number of resources to help you grow your tech business by leveraging diversity. 

Join CompTIA’s Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity Community to access our resources and network with like-minded professionals. Click here:

We also have a LinkedIn group: - Join us there!

The primary community page is here:

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Join this collaborative group as we work together to develop an inclusive workforce culture capable of filling the pipeline for today’s and tomorrow’s technology careers.

The community offers our members and organizations in the business of technology a competitive advantage by equipping the 21st century workforce with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the tech industry and providing employers with proven diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies for business growth and culture transformation.

If you're already a CompTIA member, all you have to do is click the "join" button to become part of this Community. If you're not a member, I encourage you to join us. 

Now, about Diversity . . .

Many small businesses ignore the issue of diversity. After all, it's a "big" issue and we only have a few employees. What can we do? Here's the key question we try to address: "Where do I start?” Well, we've got a guide for that!

More and more, research shows that diversity increases profit for businesses of all sizes. So, it's worth keeping in mind. You can enjoy the same benefits as larger companies, provided that you truly commit to your plan.

Among the resources you'll find on our site is the Guide to Hiring in Information Technology. This is a great place to start figuring out how to encourage diverse applicants. With more than half a million IT jobs open in just the U.S. at any point in the year, the tech industry struggles to find enough skilled workers for its open positions. 

More often than not, tech companies simple hire talent away from each other. We encourage you to also consider looking for new talent to bring into the industry. In the "2020 Recession," we may have some temporary relief finding good talent to hire. But that won't last long. No matter what the economy is doing, you can always find new talent among those who are not yet inside the community.

In the big picture, we're trying to broaden the conversation and get more people considering more diverse hiring practices. It literally begins by discussing it. 

Join the discussion today. You can start by simply taking a pledge to consider diversity in hiring. More information here:


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