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It's About Belonging 

May 14,2024 03:32 PM

By D’Najah Thomas

The job is the job. But diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging must be ingrained throughout the hiring process.

It has been said that one does not get a second chance to make a first impression. This holds true for situations ranging from blind dates to job interviews. For the latter, particularly in the competitive fields of campus housing and residence life, that desire to make a strong and positive first impression works both ways. Housing department leaders and hiring managers repeatedly stress the importance of employers creating an authentic experience for candidates during the recruitment, interview, and hiring process if they intend to attract top talent and ultimately make successful placements. These days, forging that impression goes beyond the more basic considerations like salary or live-in staff amenities. Candidates are increasingly paying attention to how an employer demonstrates their commitment to treating job seekers with fairness, respect, professionalism, and equity.


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#EnablingWorkforceSustainability

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May 15,2024 11:43 AM

Well said, D'Najah. I couldn't agree more, and it truly comes from both directions.

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