Joshua Lupo, Founder, Employment Support Professionals, LLC
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For the last 8 years, Joshua has worked to improve the lives of adults with disabilities and specifically connect local Businesses in the area to diverse job seekers. Most recently Joshua founded Employment Support Professionals, LLC where he works to support job seekers with disabilities achieve employment, advance in their careers as well manage benefits. Along with job seekers, Employment Support Professionals, LLC also helps local businesses develop, plan and implement their Diversity, Equity and inclusion policies.
When Joshua is not helping connect job seekers and local businesses, he and his wife also manage a growing rental property portfolio which is focused primarily in Troy, NY where they currently reside with their 2 cats Max & Daisy.
What should companies be doing to attract diverse employees
When looking to attract diverse talent, companies should always be adjusting their recruiting, hiring and onboarding efforts and working to ensure they’re cultivating an inclusive workplace culture. When considering their own culture and mission, companies should consider the origins of their own organizational values and assess the congruency between the company’s culture and the culture in which their business operates. To help ensure your business attracts diverse talent for your business, try these actionable steps:
- Ensure you have an inclusive recruiting process including questions being asked, the language used in job descriptions, and having diverse professionals doing the recruiting.
- Engage with broader communities and get to know local organizations that have historically represented people of color and other diverse backgrounds.
- When marketing open roles within your organization, ensure that the online forums through which you are sharing your job leads are those that attract broad and diverse job seekers.
- Work to ensure you have team members who are being trained on DEI practices and who promote open dialogue about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.
About the Author
Denise Anderson, Manager, Talent & Human Resource Operations
Denise loves helping people and organizations find their perfect fit —whether that is helping someone find a dream job or scoping out what role a company needs to fill and finding the right person for them. In her spare time, she likes to keep physically active and this year has competed in two sprint triathlons. Denise has 2 teenagers and has logged many miles over the years following them around the country to watch them compete in their sports events. When she is able to be at home on the weekends, she enjoys being on her boat, especially during the summer.