As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) students here at Wartburg College you have hopefully experienced a very supportive environment through student groups and college-backed non-discrimination policies. Unfortunately the workplace can be quite a different story in terms of openness and support for LGBTQ employees. You may find yourself with all sorts of career planning challenges that are related to your sexual orientation. The following webpage has been put together by your peers and Career Services as resources to help you as you start to consider the issues faced by LGBTQ people in the workplace. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions you have about coming out at work or during your job search so please feel free to contact Derek Solheim or Cassie Hales directly with any questions you may have.
WORKPLACE EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:
Sexual Orientation and Career Decision Making - Excellent resource guide from Lawrence University's Career Services office. The guide provides information on resumes, interviews, employer research, workplace discrimination, and coming out in the workplace.
Pride at Work - Mobilizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT community around organizing for social and economic justice.
Out & Equal - "Out & EqualTM Workplace Advocates” is the pre-eminent national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the workplace. Website includes resources, links and information about their national event.
Human Rights Campaign - Information on workplace and corporate policies related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Search the WorkNet Employer Database for information about several hundred organizations’ policies, LGBT employee group contacts, and more. This site pays the most attention to transgender issues in the workplace.
IDENTIFYING LGBTQ FRIENDLY EMPLOYERS
Out for Work - Programs, resources and services that provide assistance to students in the cultivation and enhancement of skills to explore career options, master search techniques and strategies and research employment opportunities.
Federal Globe - LGBTQ organization that represents the interests of federal employees.
LGBT Weekly - Online magazine with lots of resources
JOB SEARCH AND NETWORKING RESOURCES:
Simply Hired's Work it "Out" - Search for positions with LGBT friendly organizations
ProGayJobs.Com - Site provides job postings from companies that promote diversity and provide safe and open environments for Gay and Lesbian workers.
Idealist.org - Thousands of job listings, most in the non-profit sector. This website allows you to search by interest and includes "GLBTQ" as an area of focus.
DiversitySearch.com-This site is a diversity career portal for minorities, women and other job seekers and diversity recruiters.
DiversityWorking.com - We are the career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Our employer members use our site to promote, attract and recruit a high performing and in some cases underrepresented employee.
Out Professionals - Leading gay and lesbian professional networking site.
Alliance – This student organization works to provide a supportive and accepting environment for students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and to educate and provide resources to the Wartburg community to encourage open discussion about diverse issues pertaining to sexuality.
Becoming Visible in the Workplace
Career Resources for GLBTQ Students