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Steinbright Career Development Center is proud to be certified by OUT for Work in order to provide comprehensive assistance to LGBTQ students and job seekers. OUT for Work is a quality resource for educating, preparing, and empowering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Ally College Students for the transition from academia to the workplace. In 2014, Steinbright was awarded Gold level certification by OUT for Work.

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.

Out for Work: LGBTQA Career Center Library
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Employment and Job Search

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. The following resources are intended to assist LGBTQ individuals in identifying pro-diversity employers as well as determining employment laws and policies depending on geographical area. Remember though-your comfort level at a company 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.

Professional Organizations and Associations

Resources for Transgender Students