How to Find A LGBTQ Friendly Workplace

Businesses are better when they employ a diverse workforce.

Profits, community connections and public images are higher among companies that welcome customers and employees from varied backgrounds and with multiple points of view.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the hiring practices and office cultures of many organizations do not embrace diversity.

This can be tough for job seekers who are members of marginalized groups (people of color, older job seekers, people with disabilities, immigrants, people of faith, gays and lesbians, non-gender conforming people, and others).

In addition to activities that all job seekers do — creating a compelling resume and social media profiles, building a meaningful network of contacts, etc. — job seekers from marginalized groups take extra care in finding workplaces that are respectful and inclusive to them.

Fast Company published Six Steps for Finding LGBT-Friendly Employers. Here are some of the tips for job seekers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. However, this information is good for other diverse job candidates, too.

Look for signs of an already diverse workforce. “Does the employer explicitly convey pride in being inclusive and respectful of all the people it employs and the customers it serves?”

Seek out official diversity and employment policies. “Ask about the training opportunities available to employees and supervisors on diversity issues.”

Showcase your own skills and qualifications. “LGBT candidates should make sure to focus on their unique talents, skills, and qualifications–there’s no reason or need to divulge gender identity or sexual orientation.”

For more tips for LGBT job seekers, read the Fast Company article.

Employers and Minnesota workforce development agencies in need of professional development can contact a diversity and inclusion consultant.



People Of Color Missing From High-Wage Careers

youngmenAfrican Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans adults are underrepresented in high skilled, high status occupations, such as management positions.

Researchers found African Americans employed in managerial professions at 40% the rate of White Americans (Bigler et al.). High concentration in low-skilled occupations and low representation in high-skilled occupations leads to lower wage earnings and wealth accumulation for members of ethnic minority groups.

>> Culture Plays Role In Hiring Gap <<

This gap in the number of ethnic minorities in high-skilled occupations will have a harmful effect on the entire workforce. Continue reading

Police Brutality Not Your Problem, Right?

A Facebook friend of mine recently posted this meme, presumably in reacting to recent community protests in Minneapolis and Chicago against two separate police shootings.


I, too, used to think that police brutality was an issue only for those who were already committing crimes. Like the meme says, if you don’t want problems with law enforcement, don’t break any laws.

To be honest, a few years ago I might have posted or “liked” a statement like this. But I know better now. Continue reading

How To Recognize YOUR Privilege

We all have privilege.

There is something about you that gives you social, economic or political status. You might not be aware of the status you have — or it might not seem like a big deal to you — but you do have privilege.

What is privilege?

privilegeIt’s “a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others.” Privilege is also defined as “the advantage that wealthy and powerful people have over other people in a society.”

But privilege is not just for the wealthy. You receive benefits in our society if you are able-bodied, or heterosexual, or from a certain cultural group, or speak a certain way. (Check your level of privilege here.) Continue reading

Preview Summer Workshops At North Mpls Job Fair

DeniseMpls Career Services is excited to be a part of the 3rd Annual African American Networking Breakfast for Women, Vendor and Job Fair Saturday, March 28 North High School.

African American WomenEveryone is welcome to come and meet local business owners and reconnect with people in your professional community.

This Saturday is the first opportunity for job seekers and career explorers to sign up for online and in-person workshops. These workshops will help you to find your career identity, use social media to connect with employers, and make the most of your job search. Continue reading