Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s all about the journey, not the destination”? Sure you have.
If you’ve never heard the term “outreach program”, it’s all about seeking to hire qualified women, minorities and veterans into your open positions. Mostly, government contractors and others doing business with the Federal Government are required to create Affirmative Action Plans as part of their ongoing recruitment efforts. As part of those plans, there are some components that deal with outreach. As part of their compliance efforts, that’s how some companies try to fill positions with qualified candidates from specific sectors within the labor market. So, how does that saying fit into a company’s outreach program? It’s all about setting out to do what you say you are going to do with respect to informing segmented groups about your company and “reaching out” to them with your job opportunities. It’s as simple as that. If you create and follow a comprehensive plan or program that branches out to these specific sectors and you aren’t successful (through no fault of your own) on attaining your goals it may go a long way in assisting you during an audit by demonstrating to the auditor that you put forth your best effort in trying or at the very least, demonstrate how far you were willing to “reach out” to the various groups in your program. But, how far do you reach? That’s what’s up for debate currently in the legislation.
If you earnestly go about creating a solid outreach plan, attend diversity job fairs, volunteer to speak at various diversity group meetings and/or training sessions, partner with your local department of labor office and take the time to meet the reps at your local veteran’s office, you should be on track to a great plan.
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