How to keep your career on track for gay and lesbian employees
Posted February 12, 2013 12:23:19If you’re looking to boost your career, hiring a gay and transgender colleague could be the next step.
It may not be as easy as hiring a straight one, but there are some things you can do to stay ahead of the curve.
First, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Gay and transgender employees often feel like strangers in their workplaces, and the truth is, they’re often just as anxious to hear from you.
So ask them questions about their own work and what you can expect from them.
For instance, if you’re interviewing for a job that requires a great deal of communication skills, it’s worth asking what they like and dislike about their colleagues.
Second, take your own personal experiences into consideration when determining your career options.
Don’t forget that the majority of gay and trans people do not have a “gaydar” — we have the same genetic makeup as everyone else, and that doesn’t mean we are better or worse than our straight counterparts.
That said, the most important factor in a good career path is persistence and a commitment to your goals.
You can also start by thinking about what it means to be a person who loves people.
It’s true that you can find your passion in a career that focuses on helping people, but that passion can come with a lot of downsides.
So when you find yourself on a team, it may be time to ask yourself if that team is a good fit for you.
That’s why it’s important to keep an open mind about whether a job would be right for you, because you’ll never know if you like or dislike someone on a particular team until you get there.
Finally, remember that there are still some people who will be uncomfortable with your lifestyle, so don’t worry about being alone.
Being comfortable with your personal life will help you in your search for a new career, and you’ll be far more likely to succeed if you know you can trust people to treat you fairly.