Building a great team starts with great hiring strategies. While you may be aiming to recruit professionals who have similar backgrounds, educational histories, or skillsets, I encourage you to think outside the box. Incorporate diversity recruitment initiatives in order to stay competitive, grow as an organization, and avoid staying stuck in outdated practices.

A diverse team is a better team. The majority of companies (81 percent) plan to focus on recruiting diverse candidates in 2014; in fact, more than 85 percent of companies are taking action to hire African Americans, Latinos, and women. The choice is clear: Hire the same old employee or recruit those who can actually contribute to the growth of your company.

The following infographic, compiled by InternMatch, an online platform connecting the best intern candidates and employers, showcases how to incorporate diversity into your recruitment strategy. Here are some key points to note:

  • 36.7% of companies plan to reserve intern spots for diverse students in 2014
  • Social recruiting is your friend: 80% of Hispanics use social media, compared to 75% of African Americans and 70% of whites
  • Only 13% of companies have a diversity and inclusion manager, despite diversity being a core goal

Check out the full infographic below!

What do you think? How do you incorporate diversity into your recruitment strategy?

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