Steinbright’s OUT for Work certification is a representation of our commitment to providing assistance to all students in their unique professional and career development. In addition to the OUT for Work Career Center Library, the following resources are to be used as a college to career transition guide for both LGBTQ Co-op students and those transitioning into the post-college career world. Additionally, Steinbright encourages you to speak with your Career Counselor or Co-op Coordinator if you have any questions about how to use these resources in your career development.
When conducting a job search it is important to be knowledgeable about the companies that you are applying to. As an LGBTQ job seeker, there are a variety of ways that you can identify companies that demonstrate a commitment to diversity. Below are several aspects to consider when researching a prospective company:
- Policy - Is sexual orientation included in the equal employment opportunity statement and/or non-discrimination clause?
- Company Culture - Does the company offer opportunities such as diversity training or employee resources groups for LGBTQ individuals? Does the company appear on pro-diversity lists? Research the company website to determine what kind of environment they promote.
- Medical Benefits and Coverage - How does the company define terms such as spouse and domestic partner? Do they explicitly offer same-sex and domestic partner benefits and if so, what is the scope of coverage?
Additionally, it is also imperative to be aware of the laws of the geographic location (city, municipality, county, state) in which you are employed or searching for employment. LGBTQ job seekers should consider that each country has distinct laws pertaining to LGBTQ protection against employment discrimination. Safety and tolerance towards LGBTQ individuals also varies depending on what country you live and work in. To help find important information on LGBTQ safety in a country you are employed in or considering employment in, Going Global features LGBT travel resources in their Country Guides. Going Global is the leading provider of country-specific and American city-specific career and employment information, including 41 Country Career Guides, 48 US City Career Guides, corporate profiles, and more than 16 million listings updated on a daily basis. Note that Going Global provides government information about LGBTQ travel to countries where government advisories exist. Such advisories only exist in select countries and not every government provides information specifically pertaining to LGBTQ travel.
To access Going Global’s LGBTQ travel information:
- Go to DrexelOne
- Click on the COOP+CAREER SERVICES tab
- Click on the Going Global link found in the Career Services channel
- Select Country Guides
- LGBT travel information is housed under the Safety and Security tab of the General Resources section
LGBTQ job seekers should also refer to the Human Right’s Campaign website for International LGBTQ Workplace Considerations
The following list of resources will assist LGBTQ individuals in identifying pro-diversity employers as well as determining employment laws and policies depending on geographical area. Keep in mind: your comfort level at a company, location, or country depends on your own individual feel and may not be determined by any one specific resource. Thus, you should consider your own personal goals, values, and priorities throughout your job search and career development.
- HRC Best Places to Work 2015 - List of pro-diversity employers broken down by industry.
- Human Rights Campaign 2015 Corporate Equality Index - HRC's 2014 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
- DiversityInc. Top 50 Companies for Diversity - This survey of companies provides a detailed, empirically driven ranking based on four key areas of diversity management.
- Out & Equal LGBTCareerLink - A Free Out & Equal service for job seekers. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the world’s largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
- Philadelphia’s Top 6 LGBT Companies - Profiles of the largest LGBT-owned businesses in Philadelphia.
- Pride at Work - Provides information on employment discrimination, local union laws.
- Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition - Overview of Pennsylvania non-discrimination laws inclusive of sexual orientation.
- Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission - The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission enforces commonwealth laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property, education and public accommodations.
- Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations - Established in 1951 under the City’s Home Rule Charter, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is the local agency that enforces the civil rights laws and deals with matters of intergroup conflict within the City of Philadelphia.