Job Search Strategies for the LGBTQIA+ Community
In today’s diverse and inclusive job market, members of the LGBTQIA+ community are navigating their career paths more determined than ever. However, unique challenges may still arise during the job search process. Let’s review some valuable strategies for individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community to enhance their job search experience.
Research LGBTQ-Friendly Employers:
Begin your job search by identifying companies and organizations that are known for their LGBTQIA+ inclusive policies. Built In has listed out companies like IBM, PayPal, Getty Images, and Kazoo, for having received recognition for fostering diversity and equality.
For example, IBM has a business development team that partners with IBM to retain and support diverse talent and implement LGBTQ-inclusive benefits. The company also offers an LGBTQIA+ Council that is working to end HIV discrimination in the workplace.
Network Within LGBTQIA+ Professional Groups:
Connect with LGBTQIA+ professional organizations and attend networking events. The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) works with an extended network of local affiliate chambers across the country and around the world. Building relationships within these groups can open doors to job opportunities and mentorship. Click here to find a local chamber near you.
Employee Resource Groups
Research whether potential employers have LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Groups (ERGS). Working for an employer who has these groups can provide support, networking opportunities, and insights into company culture.
Bell Trexton established its LGBTQIA+ resource group, FUSION, in order to foster a safe and comfortable workplace environment for its LGBTQIA+ employees. FUSION allows LGBTQIA+ employees and their allies to plan educational events, discuss key topics, and conduct fundraisers. Each year during Pride Month, Bell Textron offers educational programs for those who are interested in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, and along with its Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Team works with charitable organizations such as LGBTQIA+ S.A.V.E.S. and the AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County.
Utilize LGBTQIA+ Job Boards
Equality Careers focuses on connecting LGBTQIA+ professionals with employers who prioritize diversity and inclusivity. This platform offers a selection of job opportunities from companies committed to fostering a supportive and equitable work environment. By utilizing Equality Careers, job seekers can streamline their search for positions that align with their career goals.
By implementing these strategies, you can enhance your job search experience and lead to opportunities with inclusive and supportive employers.