Career Resources for Minority Groups

Career advice is everywhere, but good advice and genuine insight is a little harder to come by. Whether you’re looking for a temporary job or mapping out your long-term career goals, you can trust the sites listed in this guide to provide you with sound information and solid leads. All of the resources here link to resources geared specifically toward underrepresented minority groups, and all work to enrich the American workplace by fostering inclusion and diversity.

Resources for People With Disabilities

This section has several helpful career-related links for individuals with disabilities as well as their families and caregivers. Find out about workplace accessibility and discrimination issues, or search for open jobs. There’s also some guidance and resources for current and future college students.

Disability.gov — This is the go-to government page for information about disability laws, policies, and programs. Find career resources, learn more about accessibility, and find out about benefit programs that may be available to you.

Career Opportunities for Students With Disabilities — Students with disabilities may face specific challenges when it comes to going to college and entering into the workforce. COSD helps to make sure that they have all the tools they need to be competitive candidates. If you are (or plan to be) a college student, it’s a good idea to connect with this group to see what resources they may be able to offer you.

GettingHired — On this site, you can search for open positions, get career advice, and participate in training activities to sharpen your interviewing skills.

Discrimination: Your Rights — Do you know what constitutes disability discrimination in the workplace or how to take action if it’s happening to you? Check out this comprehensive FAQ sheet to learn all the ins and outs of non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and practices.

Ability Jobs — This site is entirely dedicated to connecting excellent candidates who are disabled with companies seeking to fill positions. Search from a vast collection of open positions, or post your resumé for potential employers to view.

Resources for Ethnic Minorities

The sites in this section represent respected societies and agencies that work tirelessly to promote diversity in the workforce and to help ethnic minorities get access to resources that can help in advancing their education and career goals. Look for jobs, learn more about workplace discrimination — and connect with peers, colleagues, and mentors.

Minority Business Development Agency — A division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the MBDA lists and provides resources for businesses that are headed by minorities and women.

Facts About Race Discrimination — This page delves into the finer points of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people from employment discrimination. This is a great resource to consult if you think you may have a discrimination case against an employer or if you just want to learn more about it.

National Society of Black Engineers — The NSBE seeks to encourage and support African-American engineering students and professionals. Join and have access to leadership training, career placement, mentoring opportunities, and scholarships. Membership dues are low, especially for students.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society — The AISES works toward a goal of increasing the number of American Indian and Alaskan Native professionals in the engineering, science and technology fields. Join to get access to career development training, internship and scholarship opportunities, and an extensive job board. Membership fees are low, and pre-college students can join for free.

LatPro — Use this site to to help you advance your career with expert advice, invitations to job fairs, and an award-winning job board. Post multiple version of your resumé and search for employment opportunities specifically for Latino and bilingual workers.

Resources for Women

This section is all about helping women to advance their careers and promoting gender equality in the workforce. Search from job listings, participate in training and mentoring activities, and stay in the loop regarding policies and events that affect working women.

Women For Hire — Look here for job-finding and career advancement resources for women, along with articles on everything from interview FAQs to how to start a home business.

Women In Technology International — Current and future women in the technology fields will find a supportive community here. Take online classes, attend a seminar, and look for open positions.

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation — The BPWF is America’s first foundation and research center that works exclusively for the advancement of women in the workforce. Visit their site to learn about the latest victories in the fight for wage equality and to find a wealth of informative articles and studies.

Center for Women in Business — Part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the CWB provides training, networking, and education for women business leaders. This site is also a great place to send a young woman hoping to pursue a career in business.

Million Women Mentors — MWM connects mentors with students to encourage girls and women to enter STEM programs and careers. Find a mentor or donate your time and expertise to become a mentor to someone else.

LGBT Career Resources

The sites and pages in this section provide helpful career resources for LGBT students, job candidates and employees, as well as their employers. Educate yourself about the state of equality in the American workforce and learn how individual companies rate. Learn about workplace advocacy, find archived career advice articles, and search for jobs.

Corporate Equality Index — The Human Rights Campaign provides this tool to rate American employers on LGBT equality. Search for a specific company or base your search on particular practices and policies.

LGBT Career Link — This page comes from Out & Equal, an organization dedicated to providing workplace advocacy for LGBT people. With Career Link, you can post your resumé and search for jobs with diversity-friendly companies.

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals — This group has been hard at work since the 1990s fostering equality in higher education, serving students, faculty, and administrators. On their site, you’ll find job listings along with lots of news and articles related to campus equality.

Out at Work Materials — The Out at Work Conference was held at Ball State University in 2010. Access materials from the conference here, including presentations and talks about promoting workplace equality, step-by-step guides for employers, and even cultural information such as proper terminology use.

CenterLink — Use this site to search for job openings at LGBT centers around the country. There are also listings for other jobs that also serve the LGBT community.