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I have been in the process of job searching since the first of July. As I have mentioned in my intro to the group, I am stealth with regard to my FTM status. In prior job searches where I knew the "reference check" would be rarely completed, I never bother to fill out the "other names under which you were employed section," however now that I am looking for jobs of a higher professional caliber reference checks are pretty in depth, going back as far as ten years. I have been a bit stressed over how to handle the name change, which will obviously confuse an employer.

A little background on my neck of the woods, my city and both my county and neighboring county have gender identity written into their non-discrimination policies, so theoretically I am protected.

Beyond saying, "this sucks" about having to disclose, I am really looking to find out how others have handled this. My current method has been to simply put it on the application so that my butt is covered, but not directly address it. At the same time, I am NOT looking for the shock factor and wonder if I am, in effect, creating it.

HELP!!!
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From:lyrical_damage
Date:September 23rd, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
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I usually just put my initals. If they ask (and they don't)...I'll say it's personal and i just hated it.
From:focusthelens
Date:September 24th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
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Unfortunately that will not work when they are doing indepth checks and asking for a reference on him when to past employers I was "her."

I realize this is par for the course in a persons transition and eventually I will get to the ten year mark where all employers will know me as I am, but in the meantime I need to find a way of stating it, rather than feeling that I have to explain and/or defend myself.
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From:allthecolors
Date:January 27th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
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I've never been through this myself but I have watched others handle it. I know one guy who had some success with waiting till he's face to face and then saying oh and by the way I happen to have transitioned from female to male so you may want to look me up under my past name too.
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