ask the white guy blog
BY LUKE VISCONTI
Do good companies
discriminate in hiring?
QMy company is on your Top 50
Companies for Diversity® list
... I have been with the company for 15
years. During that time, I have taken
advantage of the generous education
program and received a bachelor’s
and soon to be two master’s degrees.
Last year, my department decided to
outsource many jobs, mine included
... Since March of this year, I have, on
record, 54 job postings [that] I have
applied for. I have only been interviewed for six of the jobs. During each
interview, the hiring manager ... points
out that I am not qualified. I know of a
few individuals (non-minority) from my
department with less qualification who
have already found new positions ... All
I seek is an opportunity.
aI’m very familiar with your company and it is a long-term leader
in diversity management. This doesn’t mean that
every manager is “on it,” but you stand a much better
chance of finding a progressive manager at your company than most people do. Since I don’t know you, I
am forced to give general suggestions. I am not trying
to diminish the reality of your experience when I suggest that you can take action to change your outcome.
PLEASE CONSIDER THIS CHECKLIST:
1Give your next job application your “full game.”
Study for the interview, understand the person with
whom you’re interviewing, know the department, try
reaching out to that person’s friends for insight. Make
yourself a walking encyclopedia of solutions.
2Follow up. Make sure your follow-up correspondence is not a form letter. Make it relevant to the
potential new supervisor.
3Politics. See if you can leverage people you know
to apply influence on areas that interest you for
a transfer. Find managers who HAVE been active in
your company’s diversity-management efforts. Utilize
your employee-resource-group network.
4Appearance counts. Make the best of your personal visit. Dress one level up. Use the spellchecker
on your correspondence.
5Be positive. Forget about the 54 jobs you applied
for. Focus on the future. You love your company—
tell them about it. Tell them how much you care, how
proud you are to work there and how satisfying it has
been to avail yourself of their education benefits. Tell
them you want to use that knowledge to their benefit
and work there until you retire.
6Learn. We have a number of really good career-advice articles at:
www.DiversityInc.com/careeradvice. There is opportunity in tough times; a good manager will be much
more open to hiring someone they don’t know who
is well prepared over an “old boy” who is taking it for
granted that they’ll get the job.
My heart goes out to you and I wish you good fortune in finding another position in that company.