Resources for Diverse Job Searching

When choosing where to apply, it’s important not only to find a role you’d enjoy, but also a company where you feel welcome and represented. At May 7th’s “Culture & Careers: A Job Search Summit for Underrepresented Students,” Career Center advisors and ambassadors shared lists of the top diversity employers, diversity job boards and some of the top ranked companies for diversity in Illinois. Explore the lists and maybe find the next step in your career path while you’re at it!


Employer Lists

Forbes – America’s Best Employers for Diversity

Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to survey 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees and pinpoint the companies they identified as being most dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. The final list ranks the 500 employers that not only received the most recommendations, but also boast the most diverse boards and executive ranks, as well as the most proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives. Features of the list include searching nationally or by state and links to company profiles.

Diversity Jobs – Top Diversity Employers 2021

Diversity Jobs has compiled a list of employers who value diversity and inclusion in the workplace. These organizations have shown consistent outreach and dedication to recruiting and hiring from all diversity groups. The list is categorized into 25 industries.

Fortune – The 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity

Fortune’s list of best workplaces for diversity provides detailed information on 100 companies. Details include percentages of various underrepresented groups including minoritized groups, women, people with disabilities and lgbtq. Other features include links to company profiles and “Great Places to Work” reviews.


Diversity Job Boards


Top Illinois Companies for Diversity

CompanyIndustry
JLLBusiness Services & Supplies
Zurich North AmericaInsurance
GraingerRetail & Wholesale
AbbVieDrugs & Biotechnology
U.S. CellularTelecommunications Services & Cable Supplier
BrunswickEngineering & Manufacturing
Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of ChicagoHealthcare & Social
Ulta BeautyRetail & Wholesale
ExelonUtilities
Discover Financial ServicesBanking & Financial Services
BMO Harris BankBanking & Financial Services
Adtalem Global EducationEducation
DuPage Medical GroupHealthcare & Social
Rush University Medical CenterHealthcare & Social
YMCA of the USATravel & Leisure
Baxter InternationalDrugs & Biotechnology
BoeingAerospace & Defense
US FoodsFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
Allscripts Healthcare SolutionsHealthcare Equipment & Services
GallagherInsurance
Motorola SolutionsAerospace & Defense
CaterpillarEngineering & Manufacturing
R.R. Donnelley & SonsMedia & Advertising
Conagra BrandsFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
Advanced Technology ServicesBusiness Services & Supplies
Hyatt HotelsTravel & Leisure
BDO USAProfessional Services
Abbott LaboratoriesHealthcare Equipment & Services
Deere & CompanyAutomotive & Suppliers
United AirlinesTransportation & Logistics
WalgreensRetail & Wholesale

DePaul Career Center May Programming

We are excited to share our May 2021 programming schedule below! These regularly scheduled virtual events and workshops will help you stay on top of your career goals, gain new skills, and navigate the ever-changing job market.

Mark your calendars: The Virtual Spring Interview Day is on May 21st!

Our career advisors are also available remotely for one-on-one appointments and tailored advice.


Register for the Job Search Summit for Underrepresented Students on May 7th

Register for Spring Interview Day on May 21st


May 19: Careers in Law



May 25: How I got this Job: Lionsgate


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May 26: Preparing a Pitch Deck



May 4: Tech & Design Career Community Pop-Up Event: Playing Codenames

May 5: Case Interview Prep with Huron Consulting

May 11: Women in Business: Overcoming Challenges in the Workplace

May 12: Business Not as Usual

May 12: MCEA: Pop-Up Event

May 14: Signature Event: Explore Your Impact

May 19: HCS Community Pop-up: Healthcare Thank-a-thon

May 19: Let’s Talk Graduation: Recent Alumni Panel on Life After Graduation

May 20: Center for Sales Leadership Art of Persuasion

DePaul Career Center April Programming

We are excited to share our April 2021 programming schedule below! These regularly scheduled virtual events and workshops will help you stay on top of your career goals, gain new skills and navigate the ever-changing job market.

Mark your calendars: The Virtual Spring Career Fair is on April 8th!

Our career advisors are also available remotely for one-on-one appointments and tailored advice.

Register for the Spring Career Fair on April 8th

Register for ASK Oasis on April 5th


Apr 14: Careers in Film

Apr 20: Careers In Cybersecurity



Apr 21: CEO

Apr 29: Physician’s Assistant (PA)


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Apr 12Social Media Strategy & Nonprofits

Apr 13: CITI Training & Research Careers



Apr 6: How to: Serve in the Peace Corps

Apr 6: DePaul Design Internship Program Presents: Design Portfolio Showcase

Apr 9: Finding & Interviewing for Research Opportunities

Apr 20: Women in STEM Virtual Panel Discussion

Apr 23: Make $ Traveling

Apr 29: Center for Sales Leadership Alumni Panel

DePaul Career Center March Programming

We are excited to share our March 2021 programming schedule below! These regularly scheduled virtual events and workshops will help you stay on top of your career goals, gain new skills and navigate the ever-changing job market.

Our career advisors are also available remotely for one-on-one appointments and tailored advice.


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Mar 5Skills Lab: Design Thinking Basics

Mar 11: Skills Lab: Agile Project Management (Not Just for Software Developers)


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Mar 2: Interviewing 101



Mar 3: How I Got This Job: Paramount Pictures

Mar 4: How I Got This Job: UX Design


Mar 4: BEC Community Pop-up : Game Night Edition

Mar 18: ENPG Trivia pop-up


Mar 3: Honors Students: Exploring Careers in Social Sciences and Humanities

Mar 3: Bringing Diversity to the Workplace

Mar 3: Industry Insights: Non-Clinical Hospital Careers with Rush

Mar 3: Just ASK Dialogue Series: Latinx Identity and Influence on Career Journey

Mar 4: Nursing Resume Workshop

Mar 9: Alumni Masterclass: Using Your Strengths at Work

5 Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job

By Dania Din, DePaul Alum & Talent Engagement Associate at Axiom Global

When you search online for job hunting tips, thousands of articles pop up. So, when the Career Center asked me to write a post for their blog on career readiness, I took a few moments to reflect and realized I never received advice on how to determine if a position is a good fit.

Accepting a job is a major life decision that will shape your career path, help you grow, and make you feel fulfilled. Because much of your success will come from external factors, I’d like to share some key observations from my experience in the workforce.

1. People

You’ll spend the majority of your day with the people you work with, and they’ll come from a variety of backgrounds with varying opinions. As you meet with multiple people through the interview process, be sure to ask yourself if you can see yourself working with them on a daily basis. You don’t have to be friends with the people you work with, but when tough/frustrating situations arise, can you see yourself collaborating with them? It’s important to find a team that will support you through the highs and lows.

2. Your Manager

There’s much to learn when you accept your first full-time position, and you’ll need a trusted leader to show you the ropes. I was lucky to have a manager who invested his time in my development, and I owe much of my success to him thus far. Take a look at the jobs you may have had through high school and at DePaul. What qualities did your manager have that you liked? Take some time to reflect on these points before starting the interview process, and come ready with specific questions about the hiring managers’ style. Your manager will have a tremendous impact on your career and overall satisfaction, so take the steps to ensure it’ll be a good fit.

3. Opportunity for Growth

During the job search I didn’t consider what promotion paths could look like, but for those who strive to climb the corporate ladder, it is important to get a clear sense of what growth opportunities exist at your company. Companies either promote their employees based on meritocracy or have a specific promotion path in place. Both have their pros and cons, but be sure to understand what the standard is so there are no surprises down the road.

4. Work Culture

We all have preferences! Some prefer traditional work environments, while others thrive with minimal direction. What has worked best for you? When onsite at an interview, spend a few minutes observing the people around you, the dress code, common interactions, and what the floorplan looks like. At my company, we have a structured atmosphere and an open floor plan, which allows fluid communication and fosters a sense of community.

5. Diversity

A value that has become increasingly important to me, stemming from my Vincentian education! Don’t be afraid to ask what a company is doing to support diversity initiatives if it’s something important to you. For example, I had been interviewing with a prominent PR company, and when I asked about their diversity initiatives, the recruiter brushed off my question. In that moment, I realized the company didn’t support my values. On the other hand, when I asked the same question to my current employer, it was evident they valued the individuality of their employees.


 

Job hunting is scary, time-consuming, and stressful. As a first-time job hunter, consider these tips as you weigh your options. DePaul provided me with a strong education and the tools I needed to transition into the workforce. The above points will have an impact on your day-to-day happiness given you may spend 40+ hours/week immersed in the position you ultimately chose to pursue. Companies take the time to interview you, but be sure to return the favor. Good luck!