Most companies in the U.S. recognize that there are significant advantages to diversity in the workplace, including increased creativity and productivity; new attitudes, processes, and solutions; as well as language skills and global understanding. Even though the recruitment of both women and minorities is on the rise, however, students from diverse backgrounds often face unique challenges in the job search process.
The Career Development Center supports students and alumni of all backgrounds with their career exploration and development. Whether you are wondering how to get started, looking for an internship, thinking about graduate school, seeking advice on interviews or resumes, or looking for a job, we can provide guidance and resources to help you identify and pursue your career goals. In addition to the Career Development Center’s online resources, the following links may be particularly helpful.
- Oberlin College Multicultural Resource Center
- The MRC serves as a crucial hub for the collaborative support of historically disenfranchised communities and works on issues of diversity and inclusion within a social justice context at Oberlin College & Conservatory.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- The EEOC enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
- The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
- A coalition of more than 200 national organizations whose goal is to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Provides an Overview, Timeline, Fact Sheets and Resources regarding equal opportunity in the workplace.
- Diversity Inc
- DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. Compiles an annual list of the Top 50 Companies supporting diversity in the workplace.
- A job posting board for positions in companies that highly value diversity in the workplace.
- Multicultural Advantage
- A collection of articles about workplace issues and diversity. Providing professionals from diverse backgrounds with information designed to help them succeed in their careers
Check Their Website
- Do they provide information and resources to support diversity? (For example, mentoring or professional development opportunities.)
- What are their EEO or hiring policies? (If you can’t find this on their website, check one of their job postings.)
- You can also ask about diversity initiatives during the interview process.
Check Other Sources
- Find employee reviews, salary information, and interview tips for organizations on Glassdoor.com
- Perform an internet search using the organization’s name and including terms such as “employee complaints”, “discrimination”, etc.)
- Research Tappan and LinkedIn to see if there are Oberlin alumni who work there (or have worked there in the past). If so, set up an informational interview.
- If the organization is in your home town, activate your personal network (family, friends, friends’ parents, etc.) to learn more.