LGBTQ+ Students & Alumni

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) or questioning person entering into the workforce you may have some questions and concerns about how to approach various aspects of your career development. Some frequent questions are: whether to come “out” on the job, if one put LGBTQ+ activities on a resume, how to know if a company is LGBTQ+ friendly, and what recourse do individuals have if they experience anti-LGBTQ+ bias?

Many of these questions do not have clear-cut answers. Each individual needs to assess their situation and their comfort level with how open to be about their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. One thing that is clear-cut is that the more you plan, think about, and practice your answers to these concerns and questions, the more confident, comfortable, and successful you will be in your career.

Career & Professional Development is here help you research companies and explore some of these questions. In this section, you will find blog posts from our career advisors and guest authors that address the specific intersection of your LGBTQ+ identity with your job or internship search.

LGBTQ+ Job/Internship Search Tools

AllLGBTJobs.com
CLEAR Jobs Board
Idealist.org

Helpful Links

DU Pride Portal
LGBTQ+ Professional & Student Associations
Out for Undergrad
HRC Corporate Equality Index
Colorado LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
Out Professionals

10 People on What It Was Like to Be the First (or Only) at Work

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It isn’t easy to do something new. That’s especially true when no one—or no one you can see yourself in—has done it before. Being the first one, or the only one like you, is daunting. And it doesn’t matter on …

By The Muse
The Muse
Expert advice to answer your career questions.
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5 Tips to Beat the Heat and Still Dress Professionally

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Professional attire may seem at odds with hot weather. In fact, the ubiquity of business suits is one of the reasons offices pump the A/C high in the summer, to such an extent that in Japan the government has sponsored …

By Kyle Inselman
Kyle Inselman Assistant Director Kyle Inselman
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Job Searching with a Chosen/Preferred Name

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It’s the first thing you type in an application form, the biggest text on your resume, and the first thing a potential employer learns about you: your name. What captures us more succinctly and wholly than our name? It’s more …

By Kyle Inselman
Kyle Inselman Assistant Director Kyle Inselman
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The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living: Tools for Self-Knowledge

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Socrates said, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.’

If this proclamation is indeed true, then where does one begin to excavate these multiple dimensions of their life? And, more than that, what is the point?

Well, from the perspective …

By Carolyn Sommers
Carolyn Sommers Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development Carolyn Sommers
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The Best Way to Figure Out if a Company’s Truly Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

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You want to work at a company that genuinely values diversity and inclusion, but it can be hard to separate reality from myth. How do you know if your prospective employer authentically believes in these values, or is just saying …

By The Muse
The Muse
Expert advice to answer your career questions.
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