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2. Tips on Preparing For a Diverse Work Force
2.2 Addressing perceived barriers for ITWs
How to Prepare for a Diverse Workforce
To attract the people you need, don’t just open your door, tear down the invisible walls.
ITWs face many barriers when they’re looking for suitable employment.
You can take steps to identify and remove these barriers in your recruitment, assessment and selection processes.
- Make sure everyone involved in hiring is aware of the value of international skills and credentials.
- Provide diversity and cross-cultural training to all employees, including those involved in hiring.
- Focus on the skills and job experience of the candidates rather than on where they came from or where they gained their education and experience.
- Outline the selection and interview process in your job postings.
- When advertising jobs, let workers know that you value international credentials and competencies.
- Let potential candidates know that your workplace is inclusive and that it welcomes diversity.
- Post health, safety and employment standards in multiple languages to make employees feel welcome.
For background information on cultures around the world, see Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Cultural Profiles Project.