Recruitment Marketing for Diversifying Your Hires

The recruitment marketing conference TransfoRM was a few weeks ago and some of the top TA and branding leaders from organizations around the world got together to discuss all things recruitment marketing. It was an awesome event. The content was great from beginning to end, and I went home exhausted but energized with ideas. Even the Captain of Cynics, Matt Charney, said the content was good!

One of my big takeaways is how most organizations struggle when it comes to diversity and recruitment marketing. At best, it turns into some weird United Colors of Benetton ad:


Which no one of any intelligence buys into. At worse, it can become downright insulting to both the candidate and the employees who already work for you!

The main problem we have with recruitment marketing for diversity hiring is usually most organizations are asking a white, male TA leader (come on this isn’t much of a stretch) to come up with, or at least approve of, a recruitment marketing campaign involving women, minorities, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, people who love Star Trek, etc.

This is when political correctness goes haywire and you end up with some sort of deranged diversity mathematical equation where you have one female, one person with brown skin, one Asian (who might double up for a person representing India), someone in a wheelchair, someone who might be gay (what the hell does that look like), a Native American/Eskimo/Pacific Islander, alright, I give up, just give me a photo with a lot of color faces and smiles.

Almost every major organization is currently struggling with how to market for diversity hiring. It’s broken, and no one has the nuts, or tits, to go out on a limb and make something great. Someone that actually speaks to the individuals you want to attract. What we know is political correctness, in the form corporations like to present it, is not working. The world, your corporate culture, is not a United Colors of Benetton ad.

So, what can you do?

Be real. Be transparent. Let your real minority employees tell their stories. Don’t script them. Don’t make them play a role. Let them be themselves.

We often overcomplicate the message. Hiring for diversity doesn’t have to be complicated. It should be simple. This is who “I” am. This is why “I” love working here. Don’t put yourself into their story. This isn’t about you. This is about them. That story is the best recruitment marketing you have and you’re not even using it.

FOT Note:  We here at FOT like to think we get talent and HR at a different level. At the very least, we are probably going to have a different take than the norm. So it made perfect sense to ask SmashFly to be an annual sponsor at FOT, where they’ll sponsor posts like this one, allowing FOT contributors to write, without restriction, on all things related to recruitment marketing and how it helps organizations find, attract, engage, nurture and convert talent. To learn more about SmashFly’s Recruitment Marketing Automation Software for modern recruiting organizations, please visit the SmashFly website.  

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Tim Sackett
Tim Sackett SPHR, is the ultimate Mama’s Boy!  After 15+ years of successfully leading HR and Talent Acquisition departments for Fortune 500s and smaller technical firms, Tim took over running the contingent staffing firm HRU Technical Resources in Lansing, MI. Serving as the Executive Vice President, Tim runs the company his mother started over 30 years ago, and don’t tell Mom, but he thinks he does a better job at it than she did!  Check out his blog at Because he's got A LOT to say, and FOT just isn't enough for him.


  1. Sam says:

    “We often overcomplicate the message” – this is so true. You actually need a group of diverse people to come up with a diverse message.

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