Things to think about
- Consider the value your background brings to an organization. Many employers appreciate the unique insight GLBTQA students can bring to their position.
- Check organization rankings regarding general commitment to diversity on the DiversityInc website.
- Check out the Human Rights Campaign’s Workplace website. It includes resources such as the Corporate Equality Index Survey, which rates organizations based on how their policies and practices support and protect GLBT individuals and families.
- Read companies’ diversity statements and human resources policies on their websites. Check to see if they offer domestic partnership benefits or other GLBTQA-friendly policies. See if companies have GLBTQA affinity or resource groups for employees or promote a GLBTQA-friendly workplace culture.
Connect with professionals and peers
Meeting with GLBTQA professionals and peers who work in your field of interest can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions. Below are a few ways to make connections.
- Ask family, friends, advisors, career counselors, or instructors if they know any GLBTQA professionals you can speak with for advice on your career plans.
- Attend meetings of professional associations to find people who can help you navigate the world of work. View a national listing of LGBT Professional and Student Associations on the Human Rights Campaign’s Workplace website. You can also visit the CSE Career Center’s Major and Career Exploration web page, or search online using keywords such as “GLBTQA Engineers Professional Association.”
- Find a mentor through the University of Minnesota’s Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life Mentor Program website.
- To find professionals by industry area, search the member directory on the Quorum, the Twin Cities GLBT + Allied Business Chamber of Commerce website.
- Join groups such as the “LGBT Professional Network” and create an account on the LinkedIn website.
- Join student groups that relate to your professional goals. This is a great way to network with your peers. Many groups bring in professionals to speak with students. Visit the CSE student groups web page for a full list.
- Attend career fairs, employer information sessions, networking events, and career panels. Find upcoming campus events on the GoldPASS website.
Job search resources
- Workplace Diversity – This is a job search website for corporate recruiters and job seekers. Read more on the Workplace Diversity website.
- Diversity Working – This is a job search engine that lets you search from 550,000 diversity jobs. Read more on the Diversity Working website.
- LGBT CareerLink – This is a n Out & Equal Workplace Advocate’s job search and employment networking website. Read more on the LGBT CareerLink website.
- Out for Work – This website provides programs, resources, and services that provide assistance to students to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies, and research employment opportunities. Read more on the Out for Work website.
Your legal rights
Here are some resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the workplace.
- To learn what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle the situation, read the “Handling Improper Interview Question” page on the Middlebury website.
- Toto help you decide if and how to disclose your gender identity or sexual orientation on a resume, in an interview, or on the job, watch the University of Minnesota Career Services’ GLBT Job and Internship Search online workshop.
- If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out tips and information about employment discrimination on the FindLaw website.
- Laws protecting you from discrimination:
- Minnesota law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public service, education, credit, and business based on “sexual orientation,” which is defined to include transgender individuals.
- Although federal law does not protect employees from discrimination based on real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation, many cities, counties, and states have protections. See the map of state laws and policies on the Human Rights Campaign website.