By Beth Brody
According to The Council on Economic Priorities,
minorities hold only 15.7% of the management jobs at large companies.
However, minority executives shouldn't rely on company diversity programs
to climb the corporate ladder, says CareerJournal.com,
the executive career site from The Wall Street Journal. The diversity-hiring
guidelines that most large companies heed may help minorities get hired,
but achieving success is up to them.
A December 2001 survey by search firm Korn/Ferry
International indicates that 57% of corporate executives believe large
organizations are generally effective in achieving diversity. However,
just 38% of minority professionals agree. Similarly, 74% of executives
believe their own organization has been effective in achieving diversity,
while just 48% of professionals agree. "Despite years of effort,
current diversity initiatives may have an illusion of inclusion but
they aren't as effective as companies think they are," says Tony
Lee, editor in chief and general manager of CareerJournal.com.
"The good news for those who have the right skills is that U.S.
business has become aware of how demographics are changing and that
they need to take steps to reflect that change."
CareerJournal.com offers these tips to help
minority professionals get ahead in their careers and reach the senior
- Join an organization that has a track record of providing a range
of career paths that lead to the executive suite.
- Have skill sets that are easily transferable to a variety of different
- Communicate well, in writing and orally.
- Stay focused and work hard despite a volatile economy.
- Don't be discouraged if you fail to be fast-tracked early in your
- Keep moving your goals upwards.
- Find a mentor who can show you the ropes and pull strings.
- Build a large and diverse network of relationships.
- Contribute to the bottom line and produce results.
For more information on diversity recruitment, read
special report, "Diversity At Work: Advice and Insights on Diversity
Issues in Today’s Job Market."