May 18, 2021
The Recruiter's Guide to Inclusive Language
Recruiters must understand and use inclusive language — that is, words that do not marginalize people because of their culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socioeconomic status, appearance, or any other factor that shouldn’t play a role in selecting the best candidate for the job. It’s necessary to use inclusive language in all forms of communication with job seekers, from job descriptions and career site content to emails to conversations. Here’s a primer to help you get acquainted with inclusive language, some common mistakes to avoid, and suggestions on how to spot problematic language in your recruiting practices.