The Career Center recognizes the unique challenges that certain groups may face in relation to their career. These pages contain information on support programs, legal information, and advice on handling specific situations that may arise throughout the job search and interviewing processes.
Statement of Inclusion and Responsibility
As career development staff members, we place strong emphasis on professionalism and work to empower all students to take ownership of the decisions they make in order to lead meaningful professional lives. We believe in life-long learning, and value an inclusive environment where all students can thrive. The Career Development Center will continue to work hard to foster educational opportunities that promote discussion, growth, diversity, and inclusion on our campus. We are committed to the holistic growth and development of our students and wish to engage in productive conversations that support our community and the St. Mary’s Way.
– Kate Shirey, Sherrie Wooldridge, Kimi Humphreys, Jenna Emery
Students with Disabilities
If you need reasonable accommodations for an interview or on the job, it is important that you are proactive and work with human resources to meet your needs. Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to problem solve and work as part of a team.
Disclosing Your Disability
There are no laws requiring the disclosure of a disability. If your disability does not require accommodations, you have the option to disclose or not. If you do disclose your disability, or if you require accommodations, which make your disability apparent to others, you should be comfortable discussing your disability and informing your managers and co-workers about how your disability may affect your ability to perform your job.
Inappropriate Interview Questions
Not all hiring staff are familiar with what is and is not legal to ask during an interview. As a result, you may come across illegal questions during your interview regarding your disability. For more information, review the ADA Enforcement Guidance document.
You may handle these questions by choosing not to answer. The following response will suffice: “Under the ADA, I do not have to answer that question.” If you do choose to answer the question, focus on your strengths and be positive in your response.
Job & Internship Databases
This site from the US Office of Personnel Management helps users understand federal disability hiring programs and provides important information about resources, accommodations, and laws.
Competitive paid summer internship and leadership development opportunities for students with disabilities.
Provides job listings for people with disabilities; you must register and post your resume before you can access the job listings.
Gender and Sexual Minorities
Coming Out in the Job Search
Coming out during the job search process is a difficult decision to make, and you should evaluate the specific circumstances for each position under consideration. Some individuals use their resume as a way to screen non-supportive employers by listing involvement in LGBTQ organizations. Others may choose to come out only after being hired, if at all.
If you are unsure what to do please come see a member of the Career Development Center staff or LGBTQ Student Services.
If you elect not to come out on your resume, you can disguise experiences that may unintentionally out you. For example, if you are involved in St. Mary’s Triangle & Rainbow Society (STARS), you can list it as an “Anti-discrimination Club” or a “Cultural Club” instead.
No matter what approach you take, remember that employers ask questions during an interview about items listed on your resume. Anything you list on your resume is ‘fair game’ for an employer to ask about. Your level of disclosure in answering is up to you. However, it’s important to anticipate the types of questions you might be asked in an interview and practice your answers.
Finding LGBTQ Friendly Employers
Identifying LGBTQ friendly employers is vital to quality of life and safety. Here are some tips to help you identify how accepting your new employer may be.
Read the details of their anti-discrimination policies, and look to see if any policies specifically note employees who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.
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Many corporations have LGBTQ organizations for employees. Find out if this is the case at the companies you are applying to.
The National Center for Transgender Equality provides a wealth of information concerning Transgender rights within the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides federal protection against harassment, discrimination, and ensures access to safe restrooms and other facilities in companies with 15 or more employees. Several states and local municipalities have similar protections in place. For more information including information no how to lodge a complaint, please review their pamphlet.
The Career Development Center has been awarded Silver certification through OUT for Work’s Career Center Certification Program! Enjoy their free internship & job board:
Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life
There are excellent resources to assist you in transitioning into the civilian job force. If you have not already done so, check your base for information on their Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
Leave the Jargon on Base
The hiring staff at civilian companies may not understand military structure, acronyms, and processes. If your resume focuses on your military experience, make sure to translate your skills and accomplishments into civilian terms. If they do not understand your qualifications, you may be overlooked for the position.
As a member of the military, you’ve undoubtedly moved several of times during your career; therefore, you are able to easily adapt to new environments and situations. Adaptability is just one example of the many transferable skills acquired throughout a military career. Take time to identify your transferable skills and present them to hiring staff on your resume and during interviews.
The federal job search process is different from searching for others jobs. If you are interested in searching or applying for a federal job, it is highly recommended you make an appointment with the Career Development Center. We have additional resources available and can assist you with this process.
Visit the USAjobs.gov to search listings and learn more about the application process.