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Additional considerations

A person's sexual preference, gender identity, or disability status is often invisible to others, leading to the dilemma of how or when to reveal oneself.
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Sometimes, a job search is not just a job search; there are complicating factors to consider. For example, your spouse or partner may also be on the job market (see Dual Career Couples page). You may be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. You may have a disability, visible or otherwise. It's even possible that all of the above apply.

In all of these situations, one common consideration is whether, or more often when and how, to reveal your situation to prospective employers. The resources below will help you to figure out what your options are, so that you can choose the course of action that best suits your needs.

Jump down to General resources * GLBT job applicants * Applicants with disabilities

General Resources


GLBT job applicants

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individuals make choices about whether and how to come out, over and over again, throughout their lives. The job search provides additional opportunities to consider these questions. On the one hand, you don't want to make an "issue" of something that isn't. On the other hand, you want to be yourself, all the time. On the third hand, you want to receive fair and equal consideration from the search committee. On the fourth hand, you probably want to work with colleagues who are comfortable with you and respect you as a person.

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Applicants with disabilities

If you have a disability, you are protected from discrimination by law (see A Guide to Disability Rights Laws, (more info) by the U.S. Department of Justice). But prejudice still exists. Like any other job applicant, you want to receive fair and equal consideration from the search committee. And, just like other applicants, you probably want to work with colleagues who are comfortable with you and respect you as a person.

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