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Equality and diversity in graduate recruitment

Most graduate employers embrace equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace. They recognise that employees from different backgrounds bring unique knowledge, skills and experience to their businesses. But, if you are concerned you might be at a disadvantage, how do you ensure recruiters give you the best chance to show your abilities and treat you fairly in the recruitment process?

Here, we offer advice on key diversity issues including gender, race and disability. You'll find out how to identify diversity positive employers, decide how and whether to disclose your circumstances, and get an understanding of your rights.

People with a criminal record: diversity matters

Having a criminal record doesn’t mean that you can’t start a fulfilling career after graduation – but should you bring up your past during the recruitment process and, if so, how? We look at issues surrounding disclosing a criminal record in the UK.


Equality and diversity issues and your graduate job hunt

If you are concerned you might be at a disadvantage due to an issue related to equality and diversity – for example, being LGBT+, having a disability or on the grounds of gender or race – how do you ensure recruiters give you the best chance to show your abilities and treat you fairly?


Graduate job hunting and neurodiversity: questions of disclosure and adjustments

Should you disclose a condition such as being on the autistic spectrum, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia to employers? And, if you choose to, how best do you go about it?


Neurodiversity-friendly graduate employers and how to find them

If you are interested in finding companies that are particularly supportive of autistic and other neurodivergent employees, our case studies are a good starting point.


Careers events for students with disabilities and how to make the most of them

Attending a careers fair or event, virtually or in person, can be the first step for a student in getting a graduate job.


How to get a graduate job if you have a disability

If you are wondering about whether to disclose a disability or long-term health condition, how to ask for reasonable adjustments or simply how to be an outstanding candidate, disability expert Helen Cooke has some advice.


Should you disclose a disability when applying for a graduate job?

Disability expert Helen Cooke examines the question of whether to inform (or be open with) an employer about a disability or long-term health condition. If you choose to, her example openness statements will ensure you remain focused on the key facts.


Employers talk about LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace

TARGETjobs hosted diversity representatives from a network of major employers to talk about the importance of being able to be yourself at work.