The month of June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and in honor of that today we’ll be going over how to find LGBTQ+ inclusive employers!
Being openly LGBTQ+ in the workplace and throughout the job search process can be a stressful experience, but there are tools you can use to find if an employer is LGBTQ+ inclusive or find companies that are openly inclusive. One great tool would be the website Glassdoor! Glassdoor is a platform that allows employees to leave reviews of their employers and describe what it was like working for them, and one of the categories that employees can rate and leave comments on is Diversity. If there’s an employer you’re interested in, you can look them up on Glassdoor to see if anyone has left comments regarding LGBTQ+ inclusion. You can also look at the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which rates major companies’ LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion by looking at their policies, practices, resources, etc.
You can also find out if a potential employer might be LGBTQ+ inclusive by looking at their company website if they have one! There, you could look through the website to see if it mentions LGBTQ+ people or policies anywhere, look at who runs the company to see if any of them identify as LGBTQ+ in their biographies, and get more information on the company in general. You can also look at their job application and note if they ask questions regarding gender identity and/or sexual orientation and the options they provide to see if LGBTQ+ people are something they keep in mind as a company. If you get an interview with a potential employer, during the interview you can also ask them questions about LGBTQ+ inclusion, such as if they have any LGBTQ+ employee resource groups, policies regarding expression, what their healthcare benefits can cover, etc.
If you have questions or want advice on the job search process as an LGBTQ+ person, you can always make an appointment with one of our Career Coaches. You can also visit the LGBTQ+ Affinity Community page on our website for more information and resources!
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