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Job advice? [May. 31st, 2010|10:50 am]
Good and not-so-good advice about gender.


This is sort of a general question, so I guess I'm just looking to hear other folks' experiences.

I'm about three months out from finally getting my degree. It's for a profession, so I do have a career all nice and in line, but during college I began transitioning and now I'm sort of "oh, crap, my old bosses don't know... how do I apply for jobs?!"

I'm lucky in that I live in a pretty decent city (Seattle) but how do folks work with this? I've also been feet-dragging on the name-change--is it at all better to leave it (as it'll match the old job records, and maybe when they call for employment verification I can pretend they will not use pronouns?) or to rush it through, as I will have a license and diploma I need to change later?

Anyway, just would love to hear other experiences on re-entering the job market. I've only recently started to be properly read so I suppose that's why I'm so dang nervous about navigating this now. Thanks, all.

[User Picture]From: annabellerings
2010-05-31 06:41 pm (UTC)
I've been considering the past employer problem myself, as I've been toying with reentering the job market. I think what I would do is write a letter addressed to my former supervisor (or whoever would be issuing the reference) and HR department, informing them of the change and probably containing a copy of the Order Changing Name (the legal doc here in WA that recognizes a name change). But I think I would only do this if I were absolutely certain that I needed to use them as a reference. After all, even if I ask my former company for discretion, there's no way I can be sure they'll behave - or even just out me by accident.

Another possibility: if you're giving references to someone in an HR department, you might be able to come out to them, and ask that they keep it confidential. HR departments are generally all about confidentiality. But, this assumes you'd be interviewing at companies large enough to have one.

One other thing to consider, if you're using your new name on job applications, I'd strongly recommend getting the name change done. Lots of companies change new employee info against the Social Security Administration's databases, and in today's job market it wouldn't surprise me if a "No Match" error got your application disqualified without another look.

In any case, name changes in Seattle are incredibly easy. If you get to the courthouse early, you can be done with your hearing in time for a late lunch. So I guess my long, rambling advice is get the name change if you're applying with the new name, but only bother notifying old employers if you really think you'll need to. Good luck! ^.^
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[User Picture]From: aki_no_kaze
2010-05-31 09:55 pm (UTC)
well, I contacted my old employers and said "uh, this is what is going on, can I count on you for a reference?" some said yes, some said no. You don't really lose anything by asking (unless you are in a small industry/market and word could get around where you don't want it to).

For changing the name, it really depends on the industry and how supportive they are. I'm in the high tech field and here it is very good for such things. I was able to change my name on the job without issue.

Also, check with your school to see how hard it is to change the name of your diploma. Some schools are great and will do the swap with a legal name change, others will not change it come hell or high water after it is issued.
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[User Picture]From: laura_seabrook
2010-06-01 07:26 am (UTC)
Regardless of jobs, my advice would be to make the name change BEFORE you get a degree. Otherwise you will have the difficulty of altering it later.

As far as employment advice, I'm afraid that anything I said would not be productive.
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From: imamx801
2010-06-12 08:24 pm (UTC)


Just always remember to be positive and smile! Look for as many jobs as you can, and for the interveiw; Do your research!!
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