Search Strategy: Expand and Diversify your Recruitment Networks

Candidates for senior positions may be identified through informal networks. This may disadvantage qualified women, who are less likely than men to be part of these networks (Van den Brink 2011).  

Recruiting through established networks may disadvantage women and minorities

"In the lives of busy professionals, information shared as part of regular contact and communication can determine who finds out about a position opening in time to prepare a competitive application. These networks often help identify and recruit promising candidates. Too often, people of color are overlooked because they are not part of the primary networks of senior faculty and administrators. Since one of the most important tasks of the search committee is to expand the pool of qualified applicants, new and diverse networks must be developed to counter the persistence of segregated networks" (Turner 2002, p. 9-10).