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Read.Watch.Listen. Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices

September 2023 Issue

A monthly forum to share diversity, equity, and inclusion resources.

Welcome to the next installment of Read.Watch.Listen. This month, we are sharing resources about inclusive recruitment and hiring practices. Improving diversity and inclusion begins with the hiring process, and firm leaders should be proactive in removing biases from their recruitment processes. The following resources provide specific strategies for improving hiring practices in your engineering firm.

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If you are interested in learning more about promoting dialogue on engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession, we invite you to join us for the 2023 SE3 National Symposium, which will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 in Anaheim, CA. During this half-day program, attendees will participate in five separate sessions focused on various aspects of engagement, retention, diversity and inclusion. They will learn about SE3 initiatives and activities, hear from industry panelists on the state of our profession, and acquire practical strategies and best practices for improving retention within their organizations.

Read.Watch.Listen is a monthly forum hosted by the NCSEA SE3 Committee to share and promote conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion within the structural engineering profession. Each month, we will curate a series of articles, audio-visual and digital media to facilitate self-education in matters that affect our professional practice as structural engineers. Whether you choose to read, watch, or listen (or all three!), we hope you will join us in this important conversation. Missed the previous issue? Check out the NCSEA SE3 Committee News and Publication page.

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Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring Practices - STRUCTURE magazine

The NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee released a 2022 publication entitled “Inclusive Recruitment & Hiring Practices.” This article explores some of the ideas in this SE3 publication, including actionable steps to improving inclusion in recruitment and hiring. The article discusses assessing goals, rethinking job postings, reviewing recruitment practices, minimizing unconscious bias, and establishing a formalized interview process.


How to master recruiting - TEDx Talks

In this TEDx Talk, entrepreneur Mads Faurholt shares the importance of recruiting the right employees for your company. He discusses how cognitive biases can harm recruiting and how leaders can evaluate candidates to understand if they could be successful in their positions.


Inclusive recruitment - SThree BeLux

SThree BeLux works to bring skilled people together in the STEM sector to build the future, and their podcast aims to create awareness around unconscious biases in hiring. In this episode, they discuss the different types of biases in recruitment and how to develop a concrete step-by-step plan that will help recruiters to look neutrally at candidates. This episode is the first in a two part series; check out the additional episode here.


This article was originally published in the September 2023 issue of NCSEA's Structural Connection newsletter. For more information, check out NCSEA's DEI Resources.

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