Tips for GLBTQ Jobseekers

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, transgendered, and queer (GLBTQ) individuals face tons of issues in their everyday lives. Issues in the workplace are not excluded from the issues that they inherently have to deal with.

When looking for a job, these individuals are confronted with the reality that they cannot put aside their choice of gender because it is very much an integral part of who they are.

Faced with the option of admitting that their choice of gender is not limited to that of a male or a female, GLBTQ jobseekers have to ponder on these thoughts in order to come up with a sound decision:

  • Weigh the pros and cons of each option.
  • Consider the short-term and long-term implications of each option.
  • See how each option would affect the chances of snagging the job.
  • Decide on the most comfortable option for personal reasons vis-a-vis the most beneficial reasons for career advancement.

It is important to make these decisions early on so that you can contemplate well without feeling too much pressure. Companies have unspoken and unwritten rules that work against GLBTQ individuals. Make sure that you know about these, at least generally, to make the decision making process more efficient.

On a last note, if you decide on admitting your sexual orientation to your employer, rest assured that there is a law that prohibits companies to discriminate against you in the grounds of sexual orientation. This law is called the Employment equality Regulations of 2003.

While certain loopholes in laws are to be expected, it’s still safe to say that you are safe from blatant discrimination because such a law on banning discrimination against GLBTQs exist.

However, there is a downside to this law because it only prohibits direct discrimination against sexual orientation. In other words, more subtler means of discriminating GLBTQs are still bound to occur. It is due to this reason that the need to decide whether you should admit your sexual orientation to your prospective employer arises.

So, which is it? You decide.

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