inclusive hiring The OJ staff team working on our Employer Toolkit racial justice initiative presented "Inclusive Hiring During a Pandemic" at the October 22nd Antioch Chamber of Commerce virtual mixer. The slide deck and accompanying toolkit are available on our website.

On October 22, 2020, at the final "virtual mixer" of the year for the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, our staff's Employer Toolkit team presented "Inclusive Hiring During a Pandemic."

The presentation combined data making the business case for a diverse and inclusive workforce with information about remote recruitment and hiring, and it included a how-to illustration of competency-based hiring.

Competency-based hiring refers to a focus on the actual competencies required to excel in a position, rather than filtering based on qualifications that are not actually needed. For example, a Bachelor's degree is not a good indication of the skills and competency called for in administrative positions. Employers can broaden their candidate pools by eliminating these irrelevant filters.

CEO Alissa Friedman kicked off the presentation with the business case for diversity and inclusivity. Business Services Manager Shaun Samuels, who worked as a recruiter for Robert Half for five years before joining the Solano County Workforce Development Board, then presented behind-the-scenes tips for successful candidate recruitment. He included information about online and virtual screening and interviewing. Friedman finished up by showing the application of competency-based hiring for an Executive Assistant position.

The third member of the Employer Toolkit team is Executive Assistant Ja'Nae Craig, who compiled the list of training resources that is included in the toolkit.

Both the slide deck and the toolkit are available on our Staffing Services web page.

The team has been invited to collaborate with the Antioch Chamber on a version of the presentation geared for employers with 10-20 staff, and they will be reaching out to other local chambers of commerce.