Whether you’re a part of the LGBT community or a supporter of the community’s rights, you should feel respected and accepted by your employer. It’s important to work for a company that supports your values and who you are as a person.
Corporations and businesses have a platform to communicate their beliefs and provide support to causes that make the world a better place. Whether you work for a small business that’s LGBT-friendly or a corporation that holds the same morals and beliefs as you do, inclusivity can make you feel more passionate about your work.
You’re less likely to experience harassment from your co-workers about your lifestyle or beliefs and you’re more likely to feel comfortable and supported each day at your job. By learning more about LGBT career resources and some of the best LGBT-friendly job boards, you can find your perfect fit and excel in your career.
There are many LGBT career resources that can help match you with employers and jobs that support your lifestyle and values. Some of the most useful LGBT career resources include the following:
Many LGBT rights organizations offer information on workplace discrimination, gender transitioning at work, and other issues LBGT workers face every day. These organizations provide support, advice, statistics, and information on laws that can help ensure LGBT workers are exercising their rights at work.
LGBT-specific job boards can help LGBT job seekers find work with companies that are supportive of all employees’ values. When LGBT job seekers match with companies that have the same core beliefs, these employees can thrive in their position, find a passion for their job, and feel supported by co-workers in the organization. Some of the best job board sites that can help LGBT workers find their dream jobs include the following:
These job boards include a variety of open positions, from entry-level to senior-level, that are listed by all-inclusive companies. Many sites also offer professional advice on sharpening job-seeking skills, such as redesigning resumes or advice on approaching the issue of sexuality in a job interview.
While all companies must legally follow anti-discrimination laws, some companies are more welcoming of LGBT workers than others. There are several companies that encourage LGBT workers to thrive and feel instantly welcome at their job. Some of the largest corporations in the world are doing what they can to support the LGBT community and create all-inclusive work environments for their employees.
Intuit works hard to ensure employees feel included. The company offers 11 employee resource groups, including the Intuit Pride Network, which participates in pride parades all over the world. With over 300 members, this network of Intuit employees fights for equality in the workplace. It recently revived the Safe Space Workplace initiative and enacted Domestic Partnership Benefits in Bangalore. A former Intuit employee said the company has an “incredible commitment to integrity at all levels.”
Visa has received a rating of 100% on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for five years in a row. The company focuses on diversity and inclusion in its workforce by supporting the United Nations Standards for LGBTI, a policies and procedures manual that supports avoiding and tackling discrimination in the workplace. A current Visa employee states that the company “promotes diversity [and] gives back to the community. [The] CEO is engaged with the people, customers, and the market.”
Uber also scored a 100% on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, which may be attributed to the company’s new site, UberPride. This site spotlights transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer Uber employees from around the world. It’s a top-of-the-line resource for LGBT workers so they can feel included and welcome at Uber.
The company recently launched its own Gender Transition Guidelines to assist and support transitioning employees throughout their journey. A current Uber employee says, “I love being able to work around truly passionate people who are ready to change the world.”
As a large technology company, Google works hard to include all types of workers and to ensure LGBT employees feel supported in the workplace. Google Diversity was created as a safe place for LGBT workers to express any concerns or issues they’re having in the workplace. With this resource, workers can learn how to prevent discrimination and make all employees feel comfortable. The organization also participates in pride parades all over the world. A current Google employee stated that the company offered, “High pay, liberal culture, [and] smart coworkers.”
The Global LGBTQI+ Employees and Allies at Microsoft (GLEAM) group was created by Microsoft to ensure all LGBT employees have access to resources and support within the company. Not only does Microsoft participate in pride parades, but it also has a 100% score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.
In a 2018 survey conducted by Microsoft, 88% of employees stated they were pleased with the company’s latest commitments to employee inclusion. A current Microsoft employee says, “My team, manager, program leaders, business leaders, and customers all care about the candidate experience, my development, and that we hire the right candidates for the right reasons.”
Employers are paying more attention to creating an inclusive work environment. By researching potential positions with these companies, you can take on a job that makes you feel supported by co-workers and management.