Disclosing your sexual orientation to any prospective employer is an entirely personal decision. You’re not legally obliged to say anything. It is unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation in employment.
It’s often hard enough to find employment, without feeling that you need to hide part of who you are. But, many employers actively promote the fact that they support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) applicants and employees. How do you find these employers though? They’re not all going to be flying the rainbow flag out of every office window, or are they?
Here's my top 6 hints and tips to help you to find LGBT friendly employers:
1. Do your research: Whoever you’re applying to, it’s always advised to do a bit of research on them first. So, whilst you’re doing this, take a look at their website to see if mentions having an LGBT staff network and look for these icons:
2. Network: The most widely used mainstream networking platform used across the world is LinkedIn. If you’re not on it, I would strongly recommend it. Get in touch if you need me to provide an audit on your profile or see my ‘Shop’.
In addition to LinkedIn, many members of the LGBT+ community are also part of the myGwork network. With the slogan of Connect, Network, Thrive, myGwork is a business community for LGBT+ professionals, graduates, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in workplace equality.
3. The UK Workplace Equality Index: The definitive bench marking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace. This is a list of 400 employers who have all said, and done something to prove, that they welcome LGBT candidates and that LGBT staff are happy working there. Click here to view the index on the Stonewall website.
4. Attend a Pride Event: It may sound strange but whilst partying you might find your next employer. There’s often large companies and organisations represented as well as sponsoring the event. Check out the gallery after the event if you can’t remember who was there or if you couldn’t attend.
5. Use job search sites: Most job sites advertise jobs from lots of different employers, but some specifically promote vacancies from LGBT friendly ones. Here’s a few to get you started:
Vercida - FIND A CAREER WHERE YOU CAN BE YOU
Proud Employers - JOBS WITH LGBT-INCLUSIVE EMPLOYERS
myGwork – CONNECT, NETWORK, THRIVE
LGBTjobs - LGBT+ INCLUSIVE EMPLOYERS
6. Be out if you want to be: Consider the pros and cons of being ‘out’ or not depending on each individual employer. Remember to do what makes YOU feel comfortable.