What is an appropriate but subtle way to indicate my non-binary identity on a resume?
I've decided on adding my pronouns (they/them) to the header, but was wondering if anyone had any other ideas!
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I think it is a great idea to state/imply that you are non-binary on your resume to ensure you find a job with a team that is not transphobic and ideally, with a team who is already doing the work to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive work environment for trans people. As a non-binary person who also uses they/them pronouns, I know how important it is to be respected in the workplace, which includes that at the bare minimum everyone knows and uses my pronouns.
I think putting your pronouns next to your name is the most obvious way to indicate your gender on your resume and could be a totally sufficient way to do so!
Since you are looking for more ways, here are my ideas! If you have any past work or volunteer experience with the LGBTQIA2+ community, you could include that to show your involvement in the queer community. If you don't have any past work or volunteer experience you can add, you could add a small portion called "Interests." This section could include something like "transgender activism", "gender theory", "queer theory", "queer art" or something related to queerness or transness to further express your queer identity and how that is something that is important to you and a central part of your life. In the interests section, you could also put whatever else you are interested in, not related to gender/queerness, because I always thinks that is a nice and easy way to have a prospective employer get to know you beyond your past work experience and accolades.
- Just using "they/them" on your resume is a great start, and could be enough for a resume. I like Shaina's suggestion of adding LGBTQ-related volunteer experience to your resume if you want a little bit of extra depth/perspective, and if it's applicable to your experience.
- One possibility is adding Mx. before your name, if you feel it fits you.
- With your pronouns clearly displayed on your resume, I think the next "hurdle" would be sharing your pronouns during the interview process. Ideally anybody interviewing you will have reviewed your resume and seen your pronouns, but you can't necessarily rely on that. The most direct way to handle it is sharing your pronouns right off the bat in an interview, but that can be nerve-wracking. I've been in maybe one or two interviews in which the team by default shares pronouns, but that is rare. But if you feel confident enough in doing so, sharing pronouns at the beginning of the conversation during an interview when you're introducing yourself may be an important first step. I sometimes rehearse some of the key things I'd like to say about myself during an interview, and this may be something you want to rehearse, if it is something you plan on sharing in an interview.
- One positive about many activities being remote is that you have a display name in video chat programs. For example, if you have interviews on Zoom, you could change your display name to "Firstname Lastname (they/them)" so your pronouns display alongside your video.
- Another colleague mentioned that wearing a large sticker or pin with your preferred pronouns during an interview can be helpful as well.
I know my answers go beyond your question that centers around your resume, but I do see a resume as a precursor to an interview, and an interview as a bit more of a tricky area to navigate when it comes to sharing your preferred pronouns. I hope this has been helpful, and that you have a positive experience during your job search!
Anna recommends the following next steps:
I recently was let go from my job and had to start looking for a job. I was totally unprepared. One thing I was not ready to compromise was not to present myself as my total authentic self. For far too long, I had to hide who I was and it took a huge toll on how I showed up at work.
In my resume, I included (he/him/they/them) next to my name. Even when I was registering on the careers sites on different company's websites, I put my pronouns at the end of my last name.
I felt super empowered when I did this. I will call out a caveat. This may have very well worked against me. Not every one that looks are your profile can be expected to be open minded. It is very much possible that I did not get called in for an interview because of that. I did however land an amazing job at one of the best companies.
I hope this helps. Good luck and thank you for thinking about this. Takes a lot of courage.
It is incredibly important to be respected in the workplace and that entails at the bare minimum that the people you work with know and your pronouns. I think that one way you can address this is to place your pronouns right next to your name in the header of your resume and cover letter For instance, "Lara Nural (She, her, hers )".
If you get an interview, introduce yourself with your pronouns in the beginning. For instance, I could say, "My name is Lara and I use the pronouns she/her/hers." Then you can ask them for their pronouns, which will show that you didn't want to assume theirs!
I hope that this helps! Best of luck to you.
It is great that you reached out with this question. It is unfortunate that this is something that would matter when it comes to employment. If it is important to you to express this about yourself, using pronouns would be a good indication on the resume or within the cover letter. Please remember that a job should not be dependent on your life style.