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Career Development Center
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Finding a Job or Internship
Special Resume and Interview Concerns
Coming out on a resume or in a job interview is a personal choice. Weigh the pros and cons of your options and consider with what your are more comfortable. Confer with trusted friends, peers, mentors and career counselors to assist in your process and decision.
By listing involvement, leadership and affiliations with LGBTQ organizations on your resume, you are sharing your values. Organizations who share your values can view your involvement with appreciation for your shared vision. While very regrettable, it is important to note that some employers could be unsupportive. If you'd like to screen out non-supportive employers, list your experiences with LGTBQ organizations.
Don't forget your social networks. If an employer can find information about you online, you may come out whether you chose to or not.
Based on what you've disclosed on your resume, determine what you are comfortable with elaborating on in an interview. Anticipate the questions you might get and practice your answers.
An interview is also a good time to find out more about the organization's policies. Ask about partner benefits, diversity initiatives or nondiscrimination policies. Or, you can wait to ask these questions after you have been offered a position.
You should also know your state laws on employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. In some states, it is still legal for potential employers to ask if you're gay and make decisions based on your answer.
See also the Out for Work LGBTQ Career Resource Online Library (contact the Career Development Center for a username and password).
LinkedIn GLBT Professionals (and Friends) (includes job board)