Career Resources

Questions to answer about a potential employer when applying for a job:

  • What is their Equal Employment Opportunity policy?
  • Do they offer diversity training that includes LGBT topics?
  • Do they offer same-sex partner benefits? If so, which ones?
  • Does the health plan cover transgender transition expenses?
  • Are they publicly affirming of the LGBT community?
  • Do you know of other LGBT people who work there? If so, what do they say about the climate?
  • Does the company regularly assess work place climate? Are they transparent with their results?
  • Does this employer engage in LGBT-targeted marketing?
  • Do they have an LGBT inclusivity resource team?

For additional assistance, contact the LGBT Resource Center or one of the following campus offices:

Counseling and Career Development Center
This office helps with preliminary career decisions. Often a career counselor will guide you through a variety of career and personality tests to help you decide which major and career is best for you.

Career Services
This office is the next step in your career process. Career Services has an extensive website which will assist you in writing a resume and cover letter, searching for jobs and interviewing skills. Additionally, advisors are available to assist you in the process.

Additional Career Resources

University of Pennsylvania Career Services As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) student preparing for entry into the workforce, you may find yourself faced with additional career planning challenges related to your sexual orientation. For the most part, university life has been a supportive environment, with a wonderful LGBT resource center, active student groups, and university-backed non-discrimination policies. The workplace can be quite different, in terms of the openness of and support for LGBT employees. The following guide is designed to offer a starting point in considering issues faced by LGBT people in the workplace. There are no hard and fast rules, so you should feel free to address questions on coming out at work and during the job search to career counselors at Career Services.

Out and Equal: Workplace Advocates Committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.
National Center for Transgender Equality The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

Pride At Work Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.) We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community for social and economic justice. In addition to national Pride at Work, more than 20 chapters organize at the state and local level around the country.

Page last modified October 9, 2017