Career Center

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Resources for Diverse Populations

The Career Center and St. Cloud State University is committed to supporting students and alumni from all backgrounds. We are here to assist you in finding opportunities to explore majors and careers, develop professional skills necessary to be successful in the workforce and connect with professionals.

Our Career Center provides resources and services to meet the career development and job search needs of the university's diverse student and alumni populations.

To take full advantage of our services, make an appointment to meet with one of our career counselors.

Diverse/Underrepresented Populations Resources

50-plus Workers

These resources are good for anyone faced with the "overqualified" label or who has decided they need a change.

  • Encore Careers
    • Free information and social tools to help individuals looking to transition to jobs in the nonprofit and private sector.
    • Job database is powered by Prime Careerbuilder, which focuses on baby boomers and can be accessed by the top tab "Find Your Encore Career" and selecting "Encore Career Finder".
  • RetiredBrains
    Extensive database of jobs requiring senior level experience. Also offers resources on financial planning, health care and senior living.
  • RetirementJobs
    Advice and a résumé database, free job search and a premium job search database. The job database does have some entry level jobs mixed in.
  • What's Next
    Focus on those in mid-career or approaching retirement who want to make a career change. "Tools" section connects to job listings with executive jobs in the private and nonprofit sectors. Requires registration.
  • Work from AARP
    Job database system listed with American Association of Retired Persons powered by retirementjobs.com, a website that helps job seekers connect with pre-screened age-friendly employers.

  • Working afer Retirement
    Dedicated to provide useful information to help older adults fulfill their retirement goals.

Asian American

  • GOLDSEA
    Organization is dedicated to the advancement of Asian American professionals. Web site has excellent articles on professional development, Asian American news, Asian American culture and media, and a career area. To get to the job database, click on "career" link in the top navigation.
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals
    A professional development group aimed at advancing careers for Asian Americans through networking tools and resources. Organization offers scholarships, career fairs, networking conventions, webinars, and a job database.

African American

Diverse websites

  • DiversityEmployers
    Career and self-development website targeted to recent college graduates as well as more experienced job seekers and professionals who seek information on careers, job opportunities, graduate or professional school, internships or co-ops, study abroad programs, and other employment and career advancement opportunities.  Free, practical feature content, expert advice, employer information resources and tools for identifying and applying for jobs with employers who are interested in recruiting a diverse workforce.
  • DiversityInc.com Career Center
    Find jobs in Minnesota through one of the leading diversity career centers. Post your job or résumé. Must be registered first.
  • Equal Opportunity Publications Inc.
  • Equality Magazine Publishing
    This organization publishes four magazines free to the public: The Black Perspective, Women in Business, Hispanic Today and Veterans Enterprise. Web site and magazine article links to employers' job announcement page.
  • IMDiversity
    Useful resources organized in "villages" where each village focuses on a minority group that provides extensive resources.
  • INSIGHT Into Diversity
    Magazine and articles.
  • Internships, INROADS
    Organization helps ethnically diverse candidates gain entry into the corporate business world. Internship opportunities with its established corporate clients.
  • MinorityJob
    Combines job listing and career information with news and information on civil rights, immigration, education, government and historical information. Job listing review allowed, but registration required for free job application account, which includes adding your résumé to their database.
  • PharmaDiversity Job board
    Web site has an extensive job database for diverse students going into the pharmaceutical industry. Job search is free without registration but résumé posting requires users to be registered.
  • Workplace Diversity

Hispanic/Latinx

  • HACE: The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
    Allows job seekers to sign up for a free profile, upload résumé, e-newsletters, and attend regional career conferences and Latino Recruitment Series. Offers mentoring programs, leadership development, career guidance, professional development workshops, and scholarships.
  • iHispano
    Organization is dedicated to helping Latino job seekers with their interviews, résumé and networking skills by offering a free Latino professional network and career toolkits. Users can view an extensive job and résumé database free of charge.
  • LatPro
    Jobs for people who speak Spanish or are bilingual.
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
    The "leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science. SHPE promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity."
  • Society of Latino Engineers & Scientists

International Students

Information on Optional Practical Training, Curricular Practical Training and the STEM Optional Practical Training Extension, is available through the Center for International Studies.

More detailed job searching information can be found on our Jobs page under International Students.

LGBTQIA+

St. Cloud State University's LGBT Resource Center also provides information and resources.

Job posting websites and resources

  • Human Rights Campaign
    Corporate Equality Index rates companies on how equitably they treat LGBT employees. Website also offers an employer database for nondiscrimination policies and benefits.
  • LGBTQ Career Planning Resources provided by Minnesota State
  • Pride at Work
    An organization that seeks full equality for LGBTQ workers in our workplaces and unions. We work towards creating a labor movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity. We aim to educate the LGBTQ community about the benefits of a union contract for LGBTQ working people, and to build support and solidarity for the union movement in the LGBTQ community.
  • Top Tech LGBTQ Innovators and Companies
    Some of the most inspiring, innovative individuals and organizations making a difference for the LGBTQ+ tech community.

FAQ's for LGBTQIA+ Job Seekers 

Employer search

  • Lists of queer-supportive employers from the Advocate and Human Rights Campaign.

LGBTQIA+ Profession-specific resources

LGBTQIA+ Profession-specific resources

Your legal rights

These resources may help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the workplace.

  • To learn what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle the situation, read Handling Improper Interview Questions.
  • If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out tips and information about employment discrimination.
  • Laws protecting you from discrimination:
    • Minnesota law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public service, education, credit, and business based on sexual orientation, which is defined to include transgender individuals.
    • Under federal law, you are protected as an employee and job seeker from discrimination based on your sex, gender identity, gender presentation, and sexuality/orientation. To further learn about state and federal laws regarding protection of gender identity and sexuality/orientation, see Movement Advancement Project's equality maps.

Native American and American Indian

  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society
    Dedicated to the "building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values." It helps American Indian and Native Alaskan students prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering, and business. The web site includes a Career Center with a resume database for members and a job board that is open to the public.
  • Native American SUNY: Western Consortium
    Organization was created to address higher education needs of Native American students and communities. Web site offers two useful features that link to internships and fellowships for students through other institutions and a financial aid directory for public and private education funding for members of the Six Nations: Seneca, Cayuga, Tuscarora, Onondaga, Oneida and Mohawk.
  • Tribal Colleges
    American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Persons with Criminal Records

Persons with Disabilities

St. Cloud State University's Student Accessibility Services may also provide information and resources.

Minnesota State also provides Career Planning Resources for People with Disabilities.

Interviewing Tips

These job search resources are useful for all types of differently abled individuals. Many are geared toward those with physical disabilities.

  • Americans With Disabilities Act
    Comprehensive resource for information on the Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • Career Guide for Students with Disabilities
    Maryville University offers an article to aide disabled and differently abled students to begin their post-graduate steps in finding employment.
  • Disabled Business Persons Association
    Nonprofit with services that include: personal business advisor, business plan and financial assistance packaging, market and product research marketing, advertising and public relations, presentation and proposal documentation, and more.
  • DisABLED Person
    Extensive job board and resources such as blogs, graduate section, news and links to other disability websites.
  • EduBirdie
    A guide to support and offer guidance for students with disabilities or are differently abled.
  • Entry Point
    American Association for the Advancement of Science program offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.
  • Equal Opportunity Publications
    Publisher of CAREERS & the disABLED magazine, EOP also offers a résumé bank and career fairs for the differently abled.
  • GettingHired
    National employment and networking portal that connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them.
  • Job Accommodation Network
    JAN is a free consulting service with information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the employability of people with disabilities. Know your rights in the job market, the meaning of "reasonable accommodation" and what to do if you are a victim of job discrimination.
  • National Business and Disability Council
    Post your résumé and search for jobs.
  • Navigating Job Transitions
  • National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange
    Helps people with disabilities interested in studying, teaching, conducting research, interning or volunteering abroad to find exchange programs, as well as any disability-related accommodation and accessibility information needed to make the international experience a success.
  • Resources for Business Owners with Disabilities
    This article is a brief summary for business owners with disabilities including the PASS (Plan to Achieve Self Support) program, how to network, and finding funding for projects.
  • Resources for Disabled Job Seekers
    List of resources that give those with disabilities a much better chance of success when it comes to finding suitable employment.

Cognitive disabilities

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association
    • Articles by licensed professional counselors about career and work issues for individuals with attention deficit disorder.
  • LD Online
    Leading website on learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Deaf and hard of hearing

Visually impaired

Veterans

St. Cloud State University Veteran's Resource Center may be able to provide services and resources.

Minnesota State also provides a Career Planning Resources for Military, Veterans, and Military Spouses.

Department of Labor sites

Women

  • AAUW Start Smart Wage Negotiation online training
  • Advancing Women
    Skills-building organization, "supporting success in the workplace through strategy and mentoring which help route around traditional barrier." Jobs are provided by CareerBuilder.
  • Association for Women in Science
    Site's Career Center includes database for science, technology, engineering and math jobs.
  • Feminist Career Center
    Organization dedicated to advancing women through research, legal, social and political forces. Web site has excellent resources and social networking events along with a job board focused on non-profits.
  • News on Women
    Jobs through CareerBuilder.com are listed on the left side and a search tool on the right links to Careerrookie.com. Site also offers career blogs and news articles about women in business, science, technology, philanthropy, education, the arts, and more.
  • NOW's Internship Program
    Compilation and information about internship program offered by National Organization for Women.
  • WITI: Women in Technology International
    Job database powered by jobtarget.com. Organization dedicated to advancing women's careers in all sectors of technology. Resources include networking opportunities, webinars, newsletters, magazine, career development advice and articles.
  • Women For Hire
    Dual job database in conjunction with Career Site Network. Organization supports women through career expos, career coaching, networking, salary negotiation advice, mentoring program and career personality assessment.
  • WomensJobList
    Job database powered by indeed.com. Helpful short career advice on the interview process, résumé, job hunting, professional dress, etc.

Working Parents

Resources:

BEST MINNESOTA COMPANIES FOR WORKING PARENTS

Allianz Life Insurance

  • Flexible time scheduling, job sharing, telecommuting
  • On site child development center
  • Paternity paid leave
  • Prenatal class reimbursement
  • Backup dependent care reimbursement

Bank of America

  • 16 paid weeks (plus 10 unpaid weeks) of parental leave
  • $8000 adoption reimbursement
  • $240 child care reimbursement per month

Barclay’s

  • 16 weeks paid parental leave
  • Strongly encourage telecommuting and job sharing environment
  • $3000 IVF reimbursement
  • $1000 adoption reimbursement
  • Childcare vouchers

BDO USA

  • 9 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 2 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Sick child care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommute options

Capital One

  • 18 weeks maternity leave
  • 8 weeks paternity leave, adoption/foster care leave, and birth via surrogate
  • Back-Up Child Care Advantage

Deloitte

  • 14 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 8 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options
  • Emergency backup dependent care

Dow Jones & Co

  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 12 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options

Ernst & Young LLP

  • 16 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • 10 days of paid time off for family care
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Adoption and surrogacy reimbursement
  • Free lactation pumps, travel kit, and accessories
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options

GE

  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care

Grant Thornton

  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options

IBM

  • 12 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime

KPMG

  • 16 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 6 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Private lactation rooms
  • Flextime

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

  • 15 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 3 weeks paid paternity leave
  • Emergency backup dependent care
  • Flextime
  • Telecommuting options
  • Nursing Moms Program

SYSCO

  • Mandatory maternity health program
  • 10% daycare discount
  • Scholarship for dependent children

Target

  • Free maternity health support program, with additional 10% discount on baby items
  • $5000 adoption reimbursement
  • 8-10 week paid maternity leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Childcare discount
  • Daycare flexible spending account

U.S. Bank

  • 13 weeks paid maternity leave
  • 4 weeks paid paternity leave
  • $10000 adoption reimbursement
  • Dependent care flexible spending account

Wells Fargo

  • 16 weeks paid parental leave for primary caregiver
  • Four weeks paid parental leave for secondary caregiver
  • Five days per year for sick days for yourself or child
  • $5000 adoption reimbursement
  • One scheduled workweek of paid family caregiving leave
  • Scholarships for dependent children

Info as of July 2017