University Career Services appreciates all of the cultures, ethnicities, and identities in our student body. We are committed to supporting traditionally under-represented groups in their career journey. However, students must play a proactive role in their own career development and so we have provided these resources for you.

Many job boards are designed to reach out to diverse candidates and are easy to access through your search engine. Before conducting your job search, check out the web sites below to give you an overview of companies that follow best practices in diversity hiring and to obtain tips on common resume mistakes, how to interview, mentoring, and establishing your personal brand.

Investigating a Company's Commitment to Diversity

If working in an organization that values diversity is important to you, research what companies are doing to create an inclusive environment for all employees. See below for a few tips or view our handout "Investigating a Company's Commitment to Diversity".

Investigating a Company's Commitment to Diversity (PDF)

Before applying
Examine the company's recruiting practices, and conduct informational interviews with employees working for the organization.

During the interview
Find out if they have any employee programs in place to help foster an equitable and inclusive culture.

After getting an offer
Investigate where and with whom the company does business. Research the company's compliance with federal laws, and evaluate the benefits package.

Specific Populations

Student Organizations

Joining a student organization connects you to our Mason community while developing the soft skills employers are looking for - teamwork and leadership. Here are a few places to start looking for an organization to join:

Professional Organizations

There are literally hundreds of different groups out there, many of which are specific to particular industries. Reaching out to a professional organization can:

  • Connect you with mentors in your field
  • Open up the possibility of scholarships, internships, and full-time positions
  • Provide a network of support as you start out in your career
  • Link you to industry specific news and tips

Read Five Reasons Professional Organizations Are Worth Joining for more.