We know there are several different web resources at our student’s and alumni's fingertips through a simple internet search. Our team has vetted the best resources online for students to use legitimate job search platforms for their program and professional associations that will expand their network.
Handshake: This career platform offers students job opportunities, connections with employers all over the nation, and more personalized experiences to help drive your career search. Learn more about Handshake
Chegg: Chegg has one of the largest search databases for internships and entry-level positions. This website comes packed with custom tools to help students find the perfect internship that matches their qualifications faster.
Glassdoor: RIT students have access to Glassdoor Unlimited. This website is a great resource for finding internships across the nation and researching companies. Get an inside look at salaries, company reviews, and potential interview questions from past applicants and current employees.
LinkedIn Jobs: Leverage the world’s largest professional network to build relationships and connect with new opportunities at exciting companies.
Vault: Researching companies and industries just got easier. Whether you’re exploring your program’s career path for the first time or you’re preparing for interviews, Vault provides career insider guides to prepare students for their future. This platform is open to RIT students in Handshake.
ZipRecruiter: ZipRecruiter is a leading online employment marketplace that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered smart matching technology to actively connect millions of employers and job seekers.
Find the support you need to drive your career forward. RIT students have free access to more jobs search resources like Vault, Portfolium, and more through their Career Connect account. Learn more about the resources available to you through the Documents Library in your Career Connect profile.
Companies provide Leadership Development and Rotational Programs to recent college graduates. Each program offers training in different areas of the company with comprehensive experiences and mentorship. The goal is to recruit and develop leaders for their organization.
The following companies offer Leadership Development and Rotational Programs.
Our office is committed to providing resources on diversity employment and working with employers who are seeking diversity. If you have questions about finding companies interested in diversity hiring contact Diedra Livingston, Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The employment programs and job databases below are tailored specifically for job seekers with disabilities. To maximize your job search success, use these resources with other job search resources offered through our office and by your Career Services Coordinator.
It depends. This is a very personal decision; there is no right or wrong answer. You will need to make a decision based on your own level of comfort and interest in sharing your gender identity with others weighed against the research you have done about the company.
Again, it depends. A resume is not a legal document, so it is acceptable to use your preferred name. Some individuals prefer to list their first initial followed by their preferred name (e.g., T. Michelle Richards) or identify their preferred name in quotes (e.g., Taylor “Michelle” Richards). You can list a “prior name” if your previous employers know you by another name. Remember that your resume is usually the first image of you that an employer will have. Using a name that goes with your current identity and expression will help the employer see you the way you wish to be seen. To minimize the risk of an employer using your dead name, consider taking steps to change your legal name.
Your legal name should be used for background checks, on social security documents, and on insurance forms. If you have taken steps to legally change your name, then you may use your new legal name for these purposes. Remember that Human Resources managers are required to maintain confidentiality, but there is always some risk of disclosure. You can use your preferred name in your email, phone directory, and company information.
Yes, and you should include them. Many people are concerned that by including a job on their resume, they are giving permission to employers to contact the former employer. This is not true! If your former employer is transphobic or simply knows you as a different name/gender, you can include that job on your resume without giving the new employer permission to contact them.
It may raise a red flag for employers if you ask them not to contact a former employer without giving an explanation. If your new employer is trans-friendly, you can explain why you don't want them to contact the old employer. Or, you can provide contact info for someone other than your supervisor, such as a friendly coworker who knows you and can confirm that you worked there.
Transitioning doesn't have to mean "starting over" professionally. Even though you may feel like a new person, you still benefit from all the skills and experiences you gained in previous jobs.
You have three options. You may choose one of these strategies, or a combination, depending on your situation:
Talk to your references. Explain that you're applying for jobs and you'd like to continue to list them as a reference, but that it's very important they refer to you by the name and pronoun you use now. This option can seem intimidating, especially if you've been out of touch for a while, but it's often worth a try. If they respect you and your work, they should be willing to support you in your job search.
Talk to potential employers. Explain that even though you go by a particular name and pronoun now, people from your past may not be aware of this and may refer to you by another name. Ask them to help maintain your privacy when they call your references, by using the name and pronoun with each reference that you provide to them. If you are concerned about your former supervisors or co-workers knowing about your transition, make sure to clarify to the hiring manager or the person who will be calling your references that you do not want other employees to hear about your new name and/or gender.
Use new references. If coming out to references or employers is not an option for you, you may need to find new references. This option is particularly useful if you're switching careers and/or it's been a long time since you worked. Some ways to get new references are volunteering, working in unpaid internships, and taking classes where your teachers can serve as references. This does not mean you're starting over. Your new supervisor may be able to speak to skills/experiences that you acquired in previous jobs, especially if you're staying in the same field of work.
No matter which option you choose, you can also have a friend call your references and pretend to be an employer to double-check that your references will get it right.
Suggested interview attire can vary widely by industry; you should dress how you are comfortable, being sure that you will make a good first impression to your interviewer. Many select professional but gender-neutral clothing choices. Again, this is a highly individualized decision. You may want to conduct a mock interview to help prepare yourself, whether you wish to out yourself in the application process or not. Your Career Services Coordinator can help you set up a mock interview. You should also aim for consistency in the application process; your presentation, the names on your resume and email, outgoing voicemail box, etc., should all be the same if at all possible.
Another complex question. While privacy regarding the gender marker on insurance coverage is covered by Human Resources, health insurance is highly gender-specific. It is highly recommended that you consult with a trans-savvy medical provider or legal counsel to select which gender you will use for health care purposes.
You can start by reviewing company websites and talk to anyone you know who works at the company. Your Career Services Coordinator can help you find connections. While it is difficult to truly understand how inclusive an organization is, good clues of a supportive environment include: anti-discrimination policies which include sexual orientation and gender identity, domestic partner benefit policies, diversity education programs, employee resource groups (ERG’s), gender-neutral bathrooms, and commitment to the diversity present in the company’s mission statement.
There is no universal set of rules; let your comfort and preferences should guide the process. There are a number of resources to support you in this process as well. Some companies (American Airlines, Chevron, and Ernst and Young) have guidelines that you may consult.
Our office is committed to assisting international students at RIT succeed through the job-search process and find opportunities to network with potential employers. We are here to help our students transition into their co-op or full-time job with ease. To maximize your job search success, use these resources with other job search resources offered through our office and by your Career Services Coordinator.
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