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Southeast Idaho SHRM  

An affiliated SHRM chapter since March 19, 1969 

The Mission Statement of SEI SHRM reads: As the premier HR organization in Southeast Idaho, we are committed to advancing the capabilities of our HR professionals. We provide value to our members by offering developmental opportunities and a common forum to network, share ideas, and experiences that promote the learning process.


June 2021 Professional Development Meeting

  • June 17, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom - Link will be sent out the morning of the event
  • 79


  • Those not current SEI SHRM Members
  • Member of SEI SHRM

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Removing Bias from Job Descriptions

Learn to write job descriptions that mitigate invisible and visible biases to promote a diverse workplace.

About our Speaker

Lorne Epstein, SHRM-SCP has been an HR Professional since 1996. His book, You're HIRED! Interview Skills to Get the Job has been downloaded over a half-million times worldwide. Every week, he hosts The Lorne Epstein Show where national experts share insights about the workplace. Lorne has been developing and leading experiential workshops since 1993. 

About this Event

Lorne facilitates a workshop where participants learn how to analyze and write job descriptions to mitigate as much bias as possible. Unconscious bias shows up in job descriptions, which have informed our hiring decisions and diversity makeup. You will learn to highlight invisible diversity dimensions, which are crucial to job success. They include learning & conflict styles, life experiences, attention to detail, ability to grow into the position, and professional skills.

Data shows that the greater the diversity dimensions represented, the more productive and robust an organization will be. You will practice a critical review of a job description to develop questions for the hiring manager and co-workers that will help you bring salient clarity to the job description to hire the most diverse people available now.

Our organizations seek to become more diverse to expand our hiring pools and gain diversity advantages. Job descriptions are the leading edge of the hiring process, facilitating people to join our organization. Job Descriptions demonstrate what the organization values, what goals need to be accomplished, and what they are looking for in the person who will best achieve the stated goals. We are looking to break through the old job descriptions model to create a diverse workforce.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to create job descriptions that reflect the position's needs and mitigate dimensions of diversity.

• Review and highlight bias in job descriptions.

• Create critical questions designed to uncover the goals the position seeks to attain.

• Learn what words, phrases, and themes contain biases to embrace and avoid.

• Develop a palate of questions to take back to your office and discuss it with your hiring managers.

• Compile uncovering questions to elicit critical data from stakeholders into the job description.

• Focus company job descriptions to be seen and read by more people.

• Make distinctions between company values and culture to mitigate bias.

• Bring the hiring manager and co-workers into the job description writing process.

Participants will explore these questions:

• How can I write a job description that focuses on the actual results required?

• How can I write a job description that highlights the skills needed and leaves room for diversity?

• How do I interview candidates based on the job description?

Cost: $5 for chapter members, $10 for guests

You must register by 10:00 am MT to ensure you receive the Zoom Link on time. The link will be sent in a separate email. 

This session will be submitted for one and a half (1.5) SHRM and HRCI certification credits. 

Southeast Idaho Chapter of SHRM

The Premier Human Resources Professional Organization in Southeast Idaho.

Idaho Falls, Idaho

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