Below are resources to help you throughout your career exploration and planning process. Although not exhaustive, it’s an extensive list of resources that will help you develop and achieve your career goals.
Things to Think About
- As you think about your career, consider what value your diverse background brings to a position and organization.
- Remember that many employers appreciate the unique insight that women candidates bring to their position!
- Check organization rankings regarding general commitment to gender equity at DiversityInc.
- Educate yourself about the gender pay equity gap and learn how to negotiate for the salary you deserve.
There are many valuable career resources for women. Here are some of our favorites:
- WAGE Project – Inspires and helps working women to take the steps needed to close the pay equity gap and to ensure that every woman is paid what she’s worth.
- IMDiversity.com (Women’s Village) – Job bank and resources for diverse groups.
- Womenforhire.com - Offers a wide variety of career-related information and videos geared to working women.
- Careerwomen.com – the national leader in for online job searching for women..
- U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau– Contains information about standards and policies regarding wage-earning women, and resources to advance their opportunities for profitable employment.
Connect with Professionals and Peers
Meeting with professional can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions. Below are a few ways you can find people in industry that might be able to help.
National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Association for Women in Communications
Association for Women in Computing
For an extensive list, visit the Gateway to Associations online search engine.
Your Legal Rights
As a woman, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and how to handle this should it arise. Check out the resources below to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the work place.
To learn about what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle it if the situation happens in a job interview read the article title Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also offers resources for handling gender-based discrimination including information on the Equal Pay Act, Title IX.