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As an individual who identifies as 2SLGBTQIA+, your identities bring strength and unique experiences into a workplace environment. However, structural inequities and implicit bias present challenges.
When entering the workplace, it is important to have awareness of, and strategies to deal with, the following:
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Career Advisors will provide individualized support to help identify and explore your career interests, values, and goals. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
Exploring some key indicators can give you a sense of the espoused values of an institution.
Search company websites or job announcements for their non-discrimination policies. You can often find these policies in the “Careers”, “Jobs,” or “About Us” sections of their sites. If you cannot find a company’s policy or the language is unclear, consider calling the company and asking for a copy of the policy in writing.
Here are some ways to identify 2SLGBTQIA+ friendly employers during an interview:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination: Unfair treatment because of your race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. If this occurs, here is how to file a complaint.
Federal and state laws prevent employers from asking questions that aren’t related to the job they’re hiring for. Unless these questions have anything to do with the job requirements, they shouldn’t be mentioned during an interview.
Illegal interview questions concern:
Criminal record. You can’t be asked about arrests without convictions or involvement in political causes, but interviewers can legally ask about any convicted crimes only if they relate to the job duties.
For example, if you’re interviewing for a job that involves guarding a priceless piece of art, the interviewer can ask if you’ve ever been convicted of theft.
If you choose to respond, you could tell the interviewer:
“There’s nothing in my history that would affect my ability to perform the duties of this job.”
Below, we’ve collected job search boards, professional associations, blogs and other resources that might be useful.
Standout is another resource available for interview practice.