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Special Populations

STUDENT VETERANS

Military veterans bring demonstrated skills, leadership, and values to job search but sometimes have difficulty translating their experiences and qualifications into the language and protocols associated with a civilian job search. While much of a veteran's job search process is similar to non-veterans conducting a job search, there are a number of resources available to help veterans make the transition from military to civilian workplaces. A few links to relevant sites are listed below:

Resume Help: 

  1. De-militarize your resume - it needs to be read and understood from a civilian HR standpoint. This includes spelling out acronyms and 'civilianizing' your MOS. Use the Military Skills Translator at military.com to assist with this. 
  2. Inventory the technical, interpersonal, and leadership skills you used during your service, including the 'soft skills' like communication, problem-solving, and multi-tasking, and convey them on your resume. 
  3. Schedule an appointment with Career Services to have your resume reviewed. 

Job Search:

My Next Move for Veterans - search careers, browse careers by industry, or find careers like your military job
CareerOneStop for Vets - search for jobs and find guidance on employment, training, financial assistance, benefits, resumes, interviews and more
Veteranjobsmission - coalition of companies committed to hiring veterans
Civilian Jobs - where American's military connects with civilian careers
Re-entering the Civilian Job Market - national job search resources for veterans
Vet Jobs - job board
Military.com - job board
Operation Employ Vets - job board
MilitaryHire - job board
Student Veterans of America - job board and national organization for veterans 

PEOPLE OF COLOR

People of Color Career Fair in Minneapolis, MN - dedicated specifically to PoC
INSIGHT Into Diversity - job and internship postings for academia, business, healthcare and the government
Diversityjobs.com
WorkplaceDiversity.com
Nativeamericanjobs.com
National Association of Asian American Professionals
Hispanic Today

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Be sure to do careful research about organizations--read the fine print, check the track record of complaints, and try to speak with someone who has been involved with the organization.  Many organizations offer exemplary support and information to those planning to relocate to another country or stay in-country after their education concludes, but some have exploited or abandoned those using their services. 

Information about on-campus and off-campus employment can be found on the International Student Services page. Students must notify Ken Feltz of any employment, on- or off-campus. Students wanting to work off campus while they are going to school must obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a work experience performed off-campus post-graduation. Any CPT or OPT must be approved by Ken Feltz. 

Resume Help: 

  1. Research resume 'norms' in the country you are seeking employment in. Some countries require identifying information like a photo, birth date, or marital status while that information is inappropriate in other countries.
  2. Ensure your resume is reviewed by someone who speaks the native language of the country you will be applying in. Verb tenses, slang words, and modern vocabulary are not easily reviewed in google translate.
  3. Schedule an appointment with Career Services to have your resume reviewed. 

Job Search Sites:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - citizenship, green card, and working in the United States
Indeed.com Worldwide
GoinGlobal
- find international jobs and internships with advice on resume, work permits, and visa requirements
Wowjobs - jobs in Canada
Youmu Travel - international job search
Overseasjobs.com

Study, Intern, Volunteer or Teach Abroad:

BUNAC: Working Adventures Worldwide 
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 
Go Abroad 
Go Overseas
Cultural Vistas
U.S. State Department's Internships
Transitions Abroad
Connect 1-2-3
ISA
CIS Abroad 

United States Citizens Searching Internationally:

Expat Exchange - country information for US citizens currently residing in various countries
U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs - information on passports and travel warnings 

LGBTQ COMMUNITY

"Entering the workforce is a rite of passage for many Americans. This rite involves unique challenges for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans because there is no federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression." - Gen EQ Guide to Entering the Workforce 

Human Rights Campaign Foundation:
Gen EQ Guide to Entering the Workforce
Employee Benefits & Policies Resources
LGBTQ Employee Resources
Transition in the Workplace
Employer Database for Job Search
Diversityjobs.com - companies that are known for being especially diversity-friendly

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

CareerOneStop offers workers with disabilities information and resources to move your job search and career forward.  Get information on the ADA, job accommodations, Vocational Rehabilitation, job search, and interviewing.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - via the Wisconsin Job Center 
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - ask questions about workplace accommodations or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

EX-OFFENDERS

Job searches can be very frustrating for ex-offenders or someone with a criminal record. Almost every job application will ask for a criminal record and answering truthfully can be almost as damaging as lying. It's very important that applicants understand their rights and seek professional assistance in the form of a career services advisor.  

Ex-Offender Toolkit - Job Center of Wisconsin
Hiring Action Plan: PDF iconjob_searching_when_you_have_a_criminal_record