Monday 4 Apr 2016

Handle a Job Search as a Transgeder Candidate

According to National Transgender Discrimination Survey, approximately 6,450 transgender job candidates have confirmed they’ve experienced unemployment difficulties for twice more than general applicants. In 2011, a Williams Institute study found out that almost 700.000 of Americans are transgender.

Unfortunately, transgender workers remain unprotected, since there’s got no particular federal laws based on gender identity. Therefore, people, who can’t identify their gender, exert themselves to the utmost extent in order to find at least any possible employment. Nevertheless, present a bold font and try to do the following:

Make more contacting. Don’t be shy to talk about your future career goals with friends, old college/high school peers or just some of new acquaintances. You’d be really lucky to get a desirable position by backstairs influence because you possibly be able to avoid unwanted application process you were always so unsure about.

Prepare thoroughly. Before sending out our whole application, take good care of your CV/resume and other essential for a job search documents. You’d better call for an assistance of resume editor to make sure it’s flawless and can’t be faulted. Then, conduct a research on your potential employers. Search for any evidence of their policies towards LGBT employees. This can be checked through Human Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. To remark, there have been only two companies, who received the highest CEI score – Apple Inc. and JPMorgan Chase&Co.

Attend job fairs. Finding a worthy employment is a real obstacle for people from LGBT movement and because there are thousands like you as well, some huge LGBT communities organize special career fairs you may easily attend if you have a chance to. “At job fairs hosted by lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, you’ll be able to build bridges with some of the company’s representatives and perhaps get recommended. Furthermore, this is the best opportunity to communicate and get some useful advice from people with the same ‘employment problems’, as you do.

Use your real name for the application. Changing your initial name is a usual follow-up after the change of your gender. Revealing your legal name isn’t something you HAVE to do as you apply for some job position, although NOT doing that may cause additional problems and leave the employer confused, as he would look through your background documents with a real name on them. Often honesty is the only way to land a solid job. Discrepancies between your application and your past documents, diplomas or certificates can ultimately lead to your rejection, which is probably the last thing you’d want to be worried about.

Get ready for real awkward questions at the interview. Sometimes even a formal conversation between an employer and a transgender candidate can lead to some confused situations. This usually happens, when he chooses your legal name or uses an incorrect pronoun etc. The most important thing here is not getting all abroad and close a small nuisance with an appropriate answer, like “My legal name is Mathew, although I’d really appreciate if you’d call  me Maria.”

Work with your references. Got some good references out of your previous employers, but there’s a little problem with your name? In order not to create additional misconceptions, try to work things out with your former employer and ask him to use your current name and accordingly a proper pronoun.

Fight for justice. Thinking your denial has something to with your gender identity? Then, don’t waste your time and act. You may file a lawsuit immediately, but it’s much cheaper and easier to write a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or turn to local lawyers or even to the National Center for Transgender Equality or Lambda Legal, where you’d be gladly supported and provided with all the necessary information and possible solution to your existing employment issue.

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