The February 27 edition of the Corridor Business Journal has an interesting cover story about staff expansion at two employers in Cedar Rapids. According to the article, Rockwell Collins plans to hire 7000 new employees in 2006. Of these, 275 are to be located in Cedar Rapids.
Imagine with me… we’re sitting in the human resources department at Rockwell Collins, discussing our need to hire additional staff.
“We need to hire 7000 new employees, to make better products and provide better customer service. We’re looking for the right people; they have to be _________________.”
How would you fill in the blank? If you’re like me, you’d use words like:
Not so at Rockwell Collins, though. At Rockwell Collins, the primary concern is finding diverse employees. According to Rod Dooley, Rockwell’s Director of Diversity, Rockwell’s priority is “to recruit more diverse employees.”
I never before realized what a key role diversity plays in the design, development and deployment of military and commercial avionics equipment. In fact, diversity must be a significant contributor to product quality, as Rockwell Collins has hired a director to help overcome this problem.
Diversity must be valuable in other fields as well. According to Dooley, “it’s not just Rockwell Collins that wants these employees.”
So, if you’re looking for employment, take heart. The secret to your success lies in your diversity. Don’t worry that your gender and race can’t be changed; that’s not what Diversity means. According to Rockwell’s Diversity Web Site:
The concept of Diversity moves beyond the basic differences of race and gender to encompass differences of all kinds (emphasis added).
It’s not too late; you can be diverse, too! Just change your religion, your sexual preference, or even your dress style. For instance, men, just show up at your next job interview in a sundress and cute pumps; you’re sure to get the job!