Over 1000 LGBT+ candidates apply for jobs at ‘safe and inclusive’ workplaces
Pride Circle is set to host the 3rd edition of Asia’s biggest LGBT+ Conference & Job Fair – Reimagining Inclusion for Social Equity (RISE) in May 2021. The job fair will be held on May 8, which will connect the largest pool of LGBT+ students and experienced professionals with 44 national and international organizations. Due to the social distancing norms, RISE, this year, will be held on the virtual platform allowing attendees to join the conference and job fair from their homes across the world and celebrate RISE.
Organizations such as HSBC, Credit Suisse, J.P.Morgan, Uber, UBS, Wells Fargo, Netflix, Novartis, Tata Steel, Twitter, VIP Industries and others will meet & interview over 1000 pre-screened LGBT+ candidates virtually on May 8. These organizations have already started conducting telephonic interviews and have extended 12 job offers and many more are in the pipeline. Interested job seekers can register by submitting their resume at www.thepridecircle.com/resume
The Conference will be spread over May 4 and 5, and will have over 1000 changemakers, businesses, organizations, students, human resource professionals, advocates, and experts across the globe. There will be over 90 international & national speakers who would be participating in engaging & insightful keynotes, plenary panels, CXO, CHRO and Chief Diversity Officer panel discussions, breakouts, launch of research reports. The RISE conference is being supported by organizations like Intuit, Fiserv, Macquarie, Epsilon, American Express, Athenahealth, Factset, Goldman Sachs and others. About the RISE event at www.thepridecircle.com/rise2021.
Srini Ramaswamy, co-founder, Pride Circle, says, “Through RISE, we are promoting the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the workforce. The first two editions of RISE in Bangalore & Delhi bore fruitful results and we aim higher placements in the third edition. Through different formats of dialogue between the job seekers and the employers, we aim to shed the stereotypes & misinformation developed due to the sexual orientation of the talent pool in workplace environments.”
“We have consistently engaged with the LGBT+ and allies; influencers from top multinationals organizations (MNCs); Indian corporations, experts, policymakers across the country to make this kind-of job fair a reality. We are delighted that amidst massive breakdown of the job market, we have got 44 companies who are ready to offer jobs to the community. With consistent support from the community and our partners, we hope to keep putting more efforts in the direction of enabling inclusive workplaces”, said the co-founder of Pride Circle, Ramkrishna Sinha.
Pride Circle held Asia’s first LGBT+ conference, job fair and marketplace in Bangalore in July 2019. Creating a space for the interaction between 35 organizations and the LGBT+ talent pool, the fair resulted in 50 job placements with annual aggregate CTC of INR 4.5 crores. The seekers were offered white as well as blue collar jobs spread across IT sector, hospitality, banking, finance, housekeeping among others. The second edition of RISE was held in New Delhi in February 2020. Despite the onset of the pandemic, RISE in New Delhi resulted in 35 job placements.
The job fair is designed to provide safe space for the job seekers where they will be interviewed and selected based on their talent and not rejected for their sexual orientation, gender identity, expression. The fair is expected to provide an enriching experience to the community members and help them understand what kind of skills can land them in a good job opportunity. It will also sensitize and encourage diversity and inclusion in the workspaces of the hiring organizations.
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