LGBTQ Career Resources
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When approaching your career path or job search, it's important to recognize what resources and networks you have to support you. Below are professional communities, mentors, and web resources that can assist you. Career Services can coach you in how to approach these conversations, what questions to ask, and how to make a strong impression.
Connect with Professionals and Peers
Consider connecting with multicultural professionals or others who work in your career area to get career advice and mentorship.
- Connect to a professional association for people identifying as LGBTQ for professional development, training, and networking opportunities. View a national listing of organizations created by the Human Rights Campaign at GLBT Professional and Student Associations
- Find professional groups with your career interest area on Weddle's
- Create a LinkedIn account and join groups such as the LGBT Professional Network - Global
- Ask family, friends, advisers, community leaders or instructors about LGBTQ professionals they know from whom you could get additional advice on your career plans.
- Check the Seattle U Mentor database to see which SU alumni might share your career interests.
Connect with Employers:
Attend career fairs, employer information sessions/networking events, and employer panels to expand your professional network and meet employers face to face.
- Read The Human Rights Campaign's "Workplace" page and the Corporate Equality Index Survey
- Check to see if organizations offer domestic partnership benefits, or other GLBTQA-friendly policies. Do they have LGBTQA "affinity" or "resource" groups for LGBTQA employees?
What resources are available to me during my search?
Although there is a large amount of information available online, everyone's experience in their job search and career is different. Career Advisors are available to help you navigate any aspects of the job search you find most challenging.
Finding a Safe and Supportive Workplace
How do I search for LGBTQ-friendly employers?
- Human Rights Campaign's Worknet
- LGBT Career Link
- Federal Globe
- Transgender Law & Policy Institute
- Out For Work
What geographic locations are LGBTQ-friendly?
How will I know how safe and supportive a future employer is?
While it may be difficult to determine how truly supportive any organization is, exploring some key indicators can give you a sense of the espoused values of an institution.
- Domestic Partner Benefits including health and life insurance, educational grants, access to facilities, etc.
- Non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity/expression
- Trainings that include sensitivity to LGBTQ issues
- In-house support or employee groups, either formal or informal
- Gender-neutral bathrooms
- Positive statements from people with experience
Your Legal Rights
You may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and how to handle this should it arise. Below you will find some resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the work place.
- To learn about what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle this if the situation happens in a job interview, read the article title Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees
Additional resources for trans-identifying job seekers:
*Information sources: University of Vermont Career Services & University of Minnesota Career Services