Things to think about
- Consider how your background is valuable to a position and organization. Many employers appreciate the unique insight that women candidates bring to their position.
- Check organization rankings regarding commitment to gender equity on the DiversityInc website.
- Educate yourself about the gender pay equity gap and learn how to negotiate your salary on the WAGE Project website.
Connect with professionals and peers
Networking can be a great way to get career advice and find job leads. Below are a few ways you can find people in your industry.
- Attend meetings or special events to learn more about professional associations. Visit the Advancing Women website or the American Association of University Women (AAUW) website.
- Get involved in student groups on campus that relate to your professional goals. This is a great way to network with your peers. Many groups bring in professionals to speak with students. Visit the CSE student groups web page for a full list.
- Join LinkedIN groups for women and create an account on the LinkedIn website.
- Attend career fairs, employer information sessions, networking events, and career panels. Find upcoming campus events on the GoldPASS website.
Job search resources
- IMDiversity – This website provides career and self-development information geared toward women. Read more on the IMDiversity website.
- Women for Hire – This website offers career related information and recruitment resources for working women. Read more on the Women for Hire website.
- Career Women – This website is a national leader for online job searches for women. Read more on the Career Women website
- U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau – This website contains information about standards and policies regarding wage-earning women, as well as resources to advance women’s opportunities for profitable employment. Read more on the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau website.
Your legal rights
As a woman, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career.
- To learn what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle the situation, read the “Handling Improper Interview Question” page on the Middlebury website.
- If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out tips and information about employment discrimination on the FindLaw website.
- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also offers resources for handling gender-based discrimination, including information on the Equal Pay Act (Title IX). Read more on the EEOC website.