Companies Seek Diverse Employees

A NACE survey says 90 percent of members are planning recruiting strategies that emphasize diversity.

COMPANIES WILL BE looking for diverse workforces as they recruit from the class of 2021, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). According to NACE’s Job Outlook 2021 report, 90 percent of organizations are implementing diversity-based recruiting strategies—the second highest level in the past five years.

Employers will be looking to make hires within specific groups: African Americans (according to 94.8 percent of respondents); women (89 percent); Hispanic Americans (87.2 percent); military veterans (62.2 percent); multiracial applicants (61 percent); Asian Americans (54.7 percent); Native Americans (51.7 percent); LGBTQIA candidates (51.7 percent); and students with disabilities (46.5 percent).

More than three-quarters of respondents plan to focus on specific schools and organizations to aid in their efforts to recruit diverse talent. Of those, around 80 percent will work with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and more than half expect to work with the National Society of Black Engineers and/or the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

“These findings emphasize the strong focus on strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI] efforts among our employer members,” says Shawn VanDerziel, NACE executive director. “Organizations see the importance of having a diverse workforce and, therefore, have made DEI a business imperative, not only within their college recruiting departments, but within their corporate cultures as well.”