Come Out, Come Out! Before, During and After employment

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Every day can be a coming out experience for most LGBTI people. Day to day life is a minefield of on the spot education sessions with every interaction leading to more questions. The choice to come out can be a tricky one based on a mental assessment of the person who you are talking to and how it could impact future opportunities in the work place or service at a cafe.

Thankfully these days it’s easier (comparatively) to come out as a Gay or Lesbian person and the idea of homosexuality is more familiar due to media exposure. Unfortunately for our Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex family the experience of coming out can lead to more questions and more anxiety.

While corporations join organisations such as GLOBE & [LGBTI Jobs] in order to make recruitment and current LGBTI staff feel included there are doubts closer to the role itself.

Is your boss, the team culture or even your own personal state ready to deal with the disclosure of your personal life and what the the possible outcome may be? What about if you are a job seeker?

Is the company ready?

The Human Resources department of any company is a great place to start. You can contact them and seek confidentiality for any enquiry that you may have. If you are worried about exposure you can also contact a of supporting organisation in your area to contact your HR department on your behalf to request a copy of the policy that relates to your situation.

Companies who publicly show support for those who are Sexually or Gender Diverse are usually safe spaces, however it’s important to get a second opinion if you are concerned that coming out may impact your employment situation.

Unfortunately there are still loopholes for certain employers to deny services and employment to those who fall into the above category so it’s always best to get a second opinion.

How will this change my current role?

Once you have the go-ahead you may want to consider the impact if you are currently employed. One thing to think about is if this will impact your colleagues – but only to a point.

A good idea is to arrange a meeting with HR and your manager (if trusted) to ensure you have a plan before announcing / coming out if you think this is required.

You always deserve the same respect as every other employee and shouldn’t let cultural, religious or difference in opinion impact your day to day performance. If you think that this might be the case, then it’s probably best to be prepared for any questions they may have.

It is also completely acceptable to tell people you don’t wish to discuss certain aspects of your personal life.

This experience should be about you and not your colleagues.

Your company says it’s okay but your team may say otherwise

It’s important that your manager is across all facets of the companies inclusion policies and helps to drive this. Statistically in Australia it’s been proven that those who are able to bring their complete selves to work are more productive and included in the companies progression. As a leader they are expected by Australian Law to be supportive in your professional and personal growth.

Don’t Avoid TMI – to an extent

Put photos you want up of your family or relationship. Share your activities with your co-workers and your friends at work. Additionally don’t share your tips on being a better bottom or your sexual exploits – but feel free to chime in when your co-workers do. Normalise your experience, but probably leave the club talk to the club. That being said – relate to people on your level, but adhere to the same policies as your co-workers. Use your discretion when needed.

BONUS ROUND! The Interview Process

Talk the Talk in your resume

If you have any achievements in the LGBTI space be sure to list them. You will be putting your life experience and expertise out for the employer to see that you may be a good candidate at changing the culture of the work place.

Be sure to list professional and community achievements. These may be applicable qualities for the role you are applying for.

Ask the questions during an interview

Employers these days in Australia will be impressed with your interest in not only the role itself but also in the company’s culture. Ask around policies regarding LGBTI social or networking groups. It’s okay if they can’t tell you on the spot, but request that they find out through their HR department.

Be Honest with Yourself

Will this company be the right fit for you to be out at work? Only through questioning and the interview process can you ask the right questions for you to be able to gauge this.

If you can’t come out during the interview process, do you think you can come out when you are in the role you have applied for?

Coming out to your colleagues can be stressful and at times impossible for some. It’s important to be true to yourself when you are looking for a new job, but it’s also important to be safe in your authentic self with your current employment. If you don’t feel comfortable then maybe you should search [LGBTI jobs] for your next role!

We have missed a lot of good tips here and welcome your input down below! What has been your experience bad or good? we would love to hear them.

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The Gender Revolution: National Geographic Explores The Gender Spectrum

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The January’s issue of National Geographic features two different covers for their inaugural 2017 edition. This launches a new direction for the magazine. Out of the two covers, the most powerful is the feature of young transgender girl Avery Jackson who is quoted;

gender-revolution

“The best thing about being a girl is now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy”

This Magazine is not only groundbreaking because it talks about Gender Identity, but because it explores ideas such as Disney heroines, the culture of man-hood, being an American girl, dangers of being a girl, roles of parental leave and ultimately equality based on gender roles.

The reception to the issue has been quite negative without it being released. It seems the idea of a balanced opinion has sparked insecurities.

The following “opinions” have been expressed and are often uneducated or unfounded.

One opinion was

“This issue has page after page about “Rethinking Gender,” with transgender leading the way, of course. But in reality, most of the magazine follows the same old same old National Geographic surface anthropological survey of various cultures around the world. Emphasis is on children and teens. Most gender crit folks in this group should find this old hat – and depressing.”

Another

“Will people one day look back at magazine covers like these and wonder how it was possible that the sterilization and body-mutilation of Gendernon-conforming children was once not only encouraged, but celebrated?”

To the vile

“It’s pedophile fantasy, on the cover of National Geographic…. the clothes, the pose, the hand on the crotch….”

Thankfully the reception hasn’t been all bad.

“Things like National Geographic putting a transgender person on thecover of their magazine and doing a special issue about gender makes me think that people are finally progressing a bit…opening their hearts and minds to EVERYone. Well done National Geographic”

And

“About Time”

To Be Honest

The majority of the magazine is about gender equality and the oppression of males or females so it seems quite telling regarding the outrage. Those who choose to focus on the fact that gender diverse folk are featured as a negative are most vocal and most vile.

Personally we can’t wait for this balanced presentation of gender and gender spectrum, however it is received.

One thing we can bank on is that those who say they will never read the National Geographic again probably never have seen a copy in their life… at least till now.

Until then I can’t wait to buy a copy

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5 Signs You Should QUIT

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New Year, New You! It’s the same mantra we tell ourselves every year but how often do we mean it and how often do we do something about it? Maybe now is the time to take the steps, assess where we are and actively make a change.

Sometimes we feel it’s impossible to find a better job, we could never make the same pay grade or maybe end up in a worse position. Just maybe if we change where we spend the majority of our waking hours the rest could fall into place.

Possible small changes may include moving to a part time position that pays the same (or a little less than we currently make), changing into a field we are passionate about or even a job that is closer to home. These changes could make a positive impact to you and those you love. If such small changes aren’t a possible solution then read on.

Here are 5 signs you should consider your options:

1. No Morning Glory.

Do you wake up in the morning and think about what could go wrong today. Is there a meeting you don’t want to go to? Are there co-workers who you would rather avoid than sit next to for the next 8 hours?

Looking into how you react to your normal week day and working your negative thoughts and how they can be changed is important to see if a relocation is in order.

Be as specific as you can and this could, this may shed some light on if you need to make a larger change.

2. Tired and Uninspired

Day in day out you do the same thing and gain no personal benefit from your work. This is a dangerous situation to be in. Work quality could drop sharply and this will impact opportunities for endorsement from your manager in the future.

If you feel stuck or uninspired it’s probably best to candidly talk with your manager and see how you can add value to the company in other ways. Mix things up and gain new experience until you can move roles or companies. Then start looking.

3. You are an investment.

There is a perception that you work for a company in order to get paid. The truth is a company actually pays you for your expertise. They have invested time, training and your salary to get you to perform a specific task that they believed you were suitable for. They chose you.

Maybe you could be replaced easily but this position is yours the company believed in you. Your experience and ability mattered at the time, but it could be time to open the position to someone who needs it.

Employment is a two way street. If you are not performing seek additional training and support. This will be respected rather than seen as a weakness and could add experience and respect to your resume.

4. “I used to know you but you’ve changed”.

Have you changed weight dramatically? Have you been experiencing feelings of apathy or heightened stress levels at work? If there isn’t anything happening outside of your employment that explains this there is a good chance your work may be impacting your personal life.

Longer work hours or taking work home takes up your personal time and there is no benefit to a job if it doesn’t allow you to enjoy your personal time.

It’s important to maintain a work life balance no matter the opinion of your employer.

5. Your team is as toxic as Fukushima

If your boss leaves you in a state of dread or you hope that you don’t have to interact with your co-workers while at the local coffee shop then there is a problem. If the thought of Friday after work drinks leaves you already feeling hungover from the mental stress it places on you it’s a clear sign this isn’t the team for you.

The above points are signs you should start looking for a place you will be better suited personally and professionally.

If the above scenarios seem familiar it’s probably time for a career seachange.

A great place to start is the jobs listing at LGBTI jobs to seek an employer that actively promotes equality and may be a good match for your next position. Such a small change could see you feel supported and gain new experience. After all, what do you have to lose?

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Maintaining Professional Profiles in the Facebook Age

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It’s always a good idea to take an objective look at who you are online.

Use of social media can derail careers, we have seen this from companies who choose to discriminate and employees who go on long winded rants against their own company. However if you are smart it’s likely that social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn could help you land your next job.

We now know that 94% of employers use social networks as part of their screening process. If you seem unprofessional or otherwise problematic on social media you may not get that desired call back. Many qualified applicants are looking for work these days and companies may look for an excuse to remove candidates from contention.

To ensure this wont be you consider a Social Media Cleanse.

ONLINE CLEANSE 

  • 91% of hiring agents use social networks to screen future employees
  • 76% check Facebook as part of their search
  • 42.8% of employees will check your Facebook after reviewing an application
  • 69% of HR officers have rejected job applications based on social media reviews
  • 68% have hired a candidate based on their social media presence

Delete posts and photos that may be compromising. Surprisingly a high number of job seekers won’t do this. You shouldn’t be under the impression that your future prospective employer won’t be able to find your past online and so it will be in your best interest to cultivate a responsible and reliable online persona.

Privacy settings are not as private as you think so it’s always a good idea to take an objective look at your online personality. Delete anything that doesn’t appear professional however be true to yourself.

Consider editing complaints, posts about previous employers, confidential information or specific incidents that may put you in a less than favourable light.

PROMOTE YOUR IDEAS ONLINE

If you realise you won’t be able to totally clear your profile of controversial posts will it benefit working for a company where your ideas won’t clash?

Be sure to include fair and balanced arguments and ideas to the conversation. Don’t just be one sided or attacking of your views. Offer constructive ways for others to be persuaded to your way of thinking and open up discussion without argument. Put yourself in your employers shoes and try to fairly get them to understand your position on anything that may seem controversial in nature.

BECOME AN EXPERT

Use LinkedIn and other social networks to share industry articles. Join groups, Twitter chats and Facebook communities that engage companies where you would like to work. Use your experience to give value to conversations and don’t try to answer every question. Create the impression your expertise is valuable. Only add your voice when you have something to add to a conversation.

When you understand a companies struggles or complications lend your voice to be a solution and not a frustrated bystander. Companies love problem solvers and could really use your suggestions not only online but also as an employee. Comment on social media, Facebook pages for the company you would like to be employed with – but provide them with new ideas and new ways of thinking. If you see a problem, provide a solutions. Information is currency online so make sure you are providing GOLD to any company you communicate with.

INFORMATION IS GOLD

SHARE! Create content and create reviews of companies. If you can add value to your job search the best way to do so is to review a company. If you have used their services or products before write a review or article if possible. Even better, write a linked in post or Facebook post about your experience in an industry.

Companies are looking not only for employees but also advocates of their services. If you wish to work for a company you could catch the attention of a hiring manager by sharing an article that promotes their service or product but beware, they can spot a fake a mile away.

Be sure to write from experience and knowledge. If you are an expert on the companies product be sure to write a balanced review but also include how you would improve the brand, company or service you are reviewing. Add value and you will be noticed.

DELETE YOUR POSTS

Here’s how to delete questionable posts, updates and tweets from social media.

Facebook: Click the V-shaped icon in the upper-right corner then select “Delete.”

LinkedIn: Select “Your Updates” from the “All Updates” drop-down list to find posts then click “Delete.”

Twitter: Go to your profile page and locate the post you want to get rid of to Delete that post.

 

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