Will the affirmative action ruling apply to jobs? White guy asking…

Will the affirmative action ruling apply to jobs? White guy asking…

Do you think the new Supreme Court ruling about affirmative action in higher education will apply to workplace hiring too?

I’m an unemployed, middle-aged white male, and I can’t tell you how many times I have been told (indirectly, with a wink and a nod) that prospective employers are looking for a diverse candidate.


How is being denied employment based on my race fair to me?

Nothing like a tremendously loaded and complex question for a tiny Monday morning column.

Listen, what you say is not an uncommon feeling expressed by other people similarly situated, and that’s obviously frustrating.

The law says that no one should be disadvantaged or adversely impacted because of their race — that’s all races, religions, genders and so on.

Affirmative action is not the same as a quota.

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It means that employers should expand their net when seeking talent so that it is a diverse talent pool to choose from, and then may the best-qualified talent win.

I can’t predict what the courts may do, but our country is better because of every dimension of diversity and workplaces are too.

I can’t speak to what you have been told, but don’t get discouraged.

Keep pushing, and the right role will come along.

My internship is coming to an end, and I’m wondering what the protocol is for expressing thanks for the opportunity and for keeping in touch with the employer?

Well, you’re off to a good start by recognizing that you should be doing just that.

A handwritten note left on your boss’ desk along with a small token of appreciation (favorite chocolate or candy — something inexpensive but thoughtful) is a nice touch.

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An intern should keep in touch and express their continued interest in future employment.

Express what you’ve learned and how much you enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity and their leadership.

Say that you are interested in staying in touch and plan to pursue employment with the company (perhaps even on that person’s team) after graduation.

And then do just that.

Send an email two or three times during your academic year, providing an update on how things are going and expressing your continued interest.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. Hear Greg Wed. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: [email protected]. Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande