Coming Out in the Job Search
Coming out during the job search process is a difficult decision to make, and you should evaluate the specific circumstances for each position under consideration. Some individuals use their resume as a way to screen non-supportive employers by listing involvement in LGBTQ organizations. Others may choose to come out only after being hired, if at all. If you are unsure what to do please come see a member of the Career Development Center staff or Clint Neill, Supervisor for LBGTQ student services.
If you elect not to come out on your resume, you can disguise experiences that may unintentionally out you. For example, if you are involved in St. Mary's Triangle & Rainbow Society (STARS), you can list it as an “Anti-discrimination Club” or a “Cultural Club” instead.
No matter what approach you take, remember that employers ask questions during an interview about items listed on your resume. Anything you list on your resume is ‘fair game’ for an employer to ask about. Your level of disclosure in answering is up to you. However, it’s important to anticipate the types of questions you might be asked in an interview and practice your answers.
Finding LGBTQ Friendly Employers
Identifying LGBTQ friendly employers is vital to quality of life and safety. Here are some tips to help you identify how accepting your new employer may be.
Read the details of their anti-discrimination policies, and look to see if any policies specifically note employees who identify as part of the LGBTQ community. You may also review the Human Rights Campaign’s annual list of Queer Friendly Organizations.
Many corporations have LGBTQ organizations for employees. Find out if this is the case at the companies you are applying to.
The National Center for Transgender Equality provides a wealth of information concerning Transgender rights within the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides federal protection against harassment, discrimination, and ensures access to safe restrooms and other facilities in companies with 15 or more employees. Several states and local municipalities have similar protections in place. For more information including information no how to lodge a complaint, please review their pamphlet.
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