By Sean Sevey
OUT for Work
Hello Black Bears! In honor of Pride Week, our highlight for this week’s blog is OUT for Work—a non-profit organization looking to help LGBT students with their career plans.
The Career Center has recently been recognized with an A+ Gold Level status by OUT for Work due to our commitment to serving GLBTQ students! The University of Maine is in the top 6% of colleges and universities in the U.S. who have been awarded this status. We strongly feel that OUT for Work is an important resource for our students to know about and use. Therefore, we would like to let you know more about this non-profit organization and encourage everyone to check it out when done reading this blog!
What They Do
OFW functions as a complementary component in the total educational experience of LGBT students, primarily in the development, evaluation, initiation, and implementation of career plans and opportunities. OFW’s programs, resources, and services provide assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master job search techniques and strategies, and research employment opportunities.
Out for Work Programs
OUT for Work offers year-round services to its partners. On average, they organize or participate in 15-20 events. Their college and university partners receive the benefit of participating in these events; below are some of this year’s events:
- The Creating Change Conference
- The Western Regional LGBTQIA College Student Conference
- The Midwest BLGTA College Student Conference
- OUT for Work LGBTQ & Ally Student Career Conference
& PRIDE Career Fair
- The Equality Forum
- PRIDE Events across the country
- The Out & Equal Workplace Summit
- The NACE, ACPA, NASPA, and EACE Annual Conferences
- On campus presentations and visits
- Customized events: OUT for Work can also organize a specific event for your organization.
OUT for Work’s Internship & Job Board is an internship and job-posting site dedicated to LGBTQA college students. You may use this board to find an internship or job from a multitude of organizations.
According to a recent poll conducted by CollegeGrad.com, 69% of college job seekers either do not have a resume or say theirs needs help. It is important to have a strong resume when searching for any type of position (whether and internship or full-time job) after graduation. For an individual who identifies LGBTQ, whether to be “OUT” on their resume is a very personal and, for some, difficult decision. To assist individuals in this situation, OUT for Work offers free resume support services.
If you are interested in using these services, e-mail your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. OUT for Work has assembled a team of LGBTA HR professionals who are available to review and provide timely feedback for your resume on areas such as appearance/style, completeness/length, content/layout, focus, format/approach, perspective, professionalism/integrity, use of accomplishments, and use of keywords/action verbs.
Some questions that OUT for Work suggests you should take into consideration when creating a resume are:
Are most of your friends, peers, and support networks GLBT?
Are you active in any GLBT organizations?
Do you enjoy going to GLBT events such as Pride, GLBT concerts, etc?
Do most of your friends and family members know that you are GLBT?
If you have a partner, is he or she out in most situations?
Furthermore, what would you say most describes your comfort level:
- Being “Out” is who I am. Being visible will provide me with equal treatment and support,
- Sexual orientation is only a small part of what defines me as a person. I am very careful about who I tell and don’t tell, or
- Sharing information about myself is not preferred. I tell very few people, if anyone at all.
Knowing the answers to these questions and understanding where your comfort level is will help career counselors determine how you might want to design your resume and which companies you may want to consider (or not consider) submitting your resume to.
If submitting your resume to an unknown individual is not your cup of tea and you are interested in coming into the Career Center for in-person help on your resume we have career counselors who would be more than happy to work with you to ensure that you have a resume that best represents your strongest traits!
For more information on OUT for Work, a link to their website is located at the bottom of the University of Maine Career Center’s home page: www.umaine.edu/career
OUT for Work offers free webinars covering a variety of topics. Check out the upcoming webinar called OUT in STEM which will discuss being LGBTQ in the STEM field. The webinar will be held on 4/20 from 3-4:15pm. To register visit: http://www.outforwork.org/default.asp#2
4/11/12 @4:00pm the Career Center is hosting a presentation entitled: OUT for Work: Career Strategies for GLBT Students. This workshop covers issues regarding the job search process for GLBTQ students, what sexual orientation and gender identity mean to you in the workplace, and what resources are available to prepare for all of that at UMaine! The workshop takes place in the Career Center, third floor of the Memorial Union.
If you are unable to attend the presentation, feel free to stop by the Career Center for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation!Posted in News