As a transgender person looking for work it is not easy, so many rejections, more than what is normal. It is reported that transgender people are unemployed at twice the rate of the normal population(1). There could be more, due to under reporting and methods of collection that do not including transgender people as a set with in the data collection.
After coming out as transgender it surprised me that my 10 years of experience seemed to disappear. You might think that I am being over sensitive, and this has been suggested but ask any transgender person unemployed you will find that it is indeed hard to find work. In one of my previous posts I talked about how discrimination exists for us. Trying to make a living is very difficult with prospective clients turning and running despite the skills of the practitioner.
With our social support system working the way it is, the amount that you are expected to live on is unsustainable. I had to sell most of my belonging to survive and now I live in a share house, the only asset that I really have is my car (I am told I need that to get a job). I meet my mutuality agreement managing 25 to 30 job applications a month. I need to do 20 to meet my target.
I have had three interviews in the last 6 months that equates to 1 interview per 40 applications minimum. This is not realistic, previously it was 1 in ten and getting a position within two months.
THE CALL TO ACTION
It is time the business community got behind us, not just employing transgender people but support those who have the entrepreneurial spirit.
There are some really great people helping transgender people into employment, people like Kimberly Olsen who is the CEO of Trans Employment Program Australia and is having some success.(2) A link to her web page is below.
Gail Ellis of Second Chance Computer Skills(3). A link to her facebook page is below.
And myself Claremont Goulet Consultancy.
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