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Why diversity is important in technology

CHANGE: Diversity in technology

NO MATTER what industry you're in, there's always one top priority: finding the best talent. Unfortunately, the best talent is often overlooked because of factors like age, race, and gender.

Whether you're just beginning your tech career or looking to hire a handful of new talent, increasing diversity in tech should be a top priority. Here are a few of the reasons why having diversity in the tech industry is so important.

Equal opportunity

We were all born into very different circumstances, and those circumstances, unfortunately, play a big role in where we end up in life. For someone who fits the "norm," finding a career in tech is easier because companies aren't reluctant to hire a standard candidate.

However, people of color and women make up only a small part of the tech industry, and that's largely because of the opportunities afforded to them. When a candidate has shown the dedication to persevere in a field that isn't incredibly accepting of them, that initiative should be rewarded with even more opportunities than the standard tech candidate gets.

The unfortunate truth is that there's a lot of really great tech talent out there that will never get looks from major companies because they don't have an in.

Finding qualified talent

Regardless of what tech companies look for in employees, there should always be a focus on finding the most qualified talent. Unfortunately, technology is often a case of "It's not what you know, it's who you know."

This means that qualified candidates who have spent years trying to advance in the tech industry are left on the outside looking in because recruiters would rather base their hires on nepotism than diversity.

Many people wonder how to recruit better tech talent, and the answer almost always lies in expanding your horizons a bit. If you're not looking at the entire pool of potential candidates you have available, you're doing yourself and your company a disservice.

Shaping the Future

If the last few decades are any indicator, technology is going to be one of the biggest industries for a long time to come. Not only does technology play an increasingly large role in our lives with each passing year, but we have no idea what great technology may be on the horizon.

In addition to giving everybody equal opportunity and finding the best tech talent for your company, you should also work to diversify the tech industry to create a better future.

It's important to have a progressive way of thinking in an industry that's likely to continue booming over the coming decades. If you truly care about innovation and the state of the tech industry, you should always look for the best talent regardless of other factors.

The world is constantly changing and technology is constantly evolving with it. Despite this, the tech industry can feel a bit behind the times in some aspects.

If you want to create a better future for the tech industry and make sure you're always hiring the best talent available, there's nothing more important than focusing on diversity.

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