"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 2 - Multicultural Sensitivity

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7. Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness. Our society and our workplace is more diverse than ever before. Those who understand and can demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures will be the most successful in the long-run. Remember that diversity and multiculturalism is not simply about race or creed. It goes far beyond that and encompasses thoughts and perspectives as well. You will need to be able to communicate to the hiring manager a respect and appreciation for differing views as well as a sensitivity to those who may be “different” than you.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

• Personable professional whose strengths include cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.

A good way to increase your skills in this area is to spend time with those who are different from you. We all get into our comfort zone in our lives. This is a good time to branch out and go places and do things that you might not normally do. For example, go to an art museum and visit an exhibit from a culture that is different from yours. You might also look in your local newspaper for cultural events happening in your area. Be creative in the ways that you seek to understand cultures and people that are different from yours.