As of July 20151, 19 states and the District of Columbia have employment laws protecting sexual orientation and gender identity. The CDC assists Macalester students and alumni in navigating their career exploration, including questions of if, when and how they choose to disclose as part of their search, and or at a position. We also work closely with partners in the Department of Multicultural Life and Alumni Relations to offer Queer Professionals Network for professional events and social networking for LGBTQ students and alumni.
Finding a job or internship
Individuals should utilize the Macalester 4-year plan in conjunction with their own research on identifying LGBTQ-friendly employers.
Are there specific considerations for Transgender individuals in the job search?
As Transequality.org states, “While many states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and over 200 local jurisdictions, and hundreds of employers have adopted clear laws or policies to prohibit this discrimination, just about half the nation still lives without these clear protections. Trans people can also face discrimination in the jobs programs meant to connect them with job opportunities and/or training.” As such, job seekers must stay informed of local and state laws, and federal protections available to them. CDC counselors can assist in locating resources, and navigating the job search.
Know Your Rights Transequality.org
Transgender Law & Policy’s Non-discrimination laws that include gender identity and expression
Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (While TEEI’s resources are based in the San Francisco area, search for Trans* networking and job search advice for programs like TEEI’s in your area.)
Should I come out on resume or in an interview?
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. The CDC offers confidential consultation to help individuals identify and navigate the path which feels most appropriate to them.
Be aware of current state laws and locality ordinances on employment discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
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.
Coming Out: Workplace
LinkedIn GLBT Professionals (and Friends) (includes job board)