Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01



More than 100 attend Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair

This article shared 6339 times since Thu Oct 23, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

More than 100 young and older adults attended Work!, the first Chicago LGBTQ Job Fair Oct. 22 at Center on Halsted. The event was sponsored by Windy City Times, Chicago House TransWorks, TransTech, Affinity and the Center on Halsted.

The free event featured job advice, break-out sessions detailing best interview and employee practices as well as legal issues in the workplace.

The latest studies show an alarmingly high unemployment and poverty rate in the LGBTQ community, especially among youth and seniors. The fair was one way to address the issue, as a follow-up to the Windy City Times LGBTQ Homeless Youth Summit in May 2014.

Vendors at the fair were: Center on Halsted, Chicago House, Christy Webber Landscapes, Harvest Consulting Group, i.c.Stars, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, It Works Global, Lurie Children's Hospital, The Northern Trust Company, Pace Suburban Bus Service, Pastoral, Roosevelt University, Roosevelt University/Chicago College of Performing Arts, Search Inc., Steppenwolf Theatre, The Chopping Block, TransTech Social Enterprises, Uber, United Airlines, Vanite , Viridian Energy, Whole Foods and Windy City Times.

Greg O'Neill, entrepreneur and co-owner of Pastoral, hosted a session entitled "How to Get and Keep Your Job" with Adam Zebelian of the State's Attorney's Office, business owner Kinley Preston, recruitment and HR expert Julie West of The Harvest Consulting Group, and Christy Webber, president of Christy Webber Landscapes.

Owen Daniel McCarter of the Transformative Justice Law Project hosted a session on legal and discrimination issues while on the job. Angelica Ross of TransTech ran a training, "Exploring Freelance Employment Options"

"This was an extraordinary day," said Windy City Times reporter Gretchen Rachel Blickensdefer. "To see those kids come in at first looking nervous and almost without hope and then to leave with a smile on their faces and a handful of business cards was a feeling that made everyone who was a part of the organization of this first fair, volunteers and staff alike, know that it was worth every moment spent planning. All of the businesses I spoke to were energized, some taken aback by how genuine and polite every candidate was. They want to do this again next year."

Handout from the How to Get and Keep a Job workshop


When Applying & Interviewing For a Position…


-Your homework, research the company online, know what they do

-Have a resume, one that is spell-checked and proof read by someone else

-Consider having a Linked-In account for your professional persona

-Watch what you are saying on social media and consider an alias screen name

-Know your own concise story, and not just what's on the resume

-Dress appropriately. Not sure what's appropriate for a position? Ask!

-Exercise excellent personal hygiene and get some rest before interviewing.

-Show up on time and ready to go. Not too early but a few minutes early is fine.

-Display a "can do" attitude and a professional demeanor.

-Communicate clearly and not in street jargon

-Come prepared with questions and actively listen to answers to the answers

-Take brief notes on key points, great to remember for a thank you note.

-Ask for your interviewer's business card at the end

-Send a brief but prompt thank you note, either by email or mail


-No call/No show under any circumstances. Give the courtesy of a call or email.

-Speak negatively about previous employers, co-workers or positions.

-Forget a copy of your resume and a pen to fill out an application.

-Ask about pay and benefits at the very start. There's time for that later.

-Sell yourself short when talking about your experience but don't embellish either.

-Forget that even if it's your first job, you have some training and experience, list it!

Once You Have Been Hired…


-Come ready to work each day. On time. Dressed for success.

-Leave your drama at home. Check your problems at the door.

-Exercise above and beyond customer service, both internally and externally.

-Communicate clearly and professionally with superiors, peers or customers.

-Be a problem solver, not just an identifier.

-Seek out constructive feedback and learn to accept criticism in a mature way.

-Exercise the Golden Rule… Treat Others As You Wish To Be Treated!


-Forget all the advice that got you the job in the first place.

-Hesitate to ask questions or ask for help. Suffering in silence helps no one.

-Engage in workplace gossip or petty behavior. Maturity matters.

-Speak negatively about your employer—especially on social media.

-Leave a company without giving proper notice—2 weeks is customary.

Download the handout at the link: .

The video playlist below contains multiple videos. Choose Playlist in the top left hand corner to watch videos out of order, if preferred.

This article shared 6339 times since Thu Oct 23, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Colorado becomes first state to require trans care as essential health benefit
Colorado has become the first state in the country to include transition-related care for transgender people as part of the requirements for essential healthcare in the state, The Washington Blade reported. As part of the change, ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Foster-parent case, stars speak out, Texas youth, 'Queer Eye,' HIV
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lambda Legal, together with the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along ...

Gay News

WORLD Plus magazine, The Guardian, Dutch princess, anti-trans ruling
The largest circulated HIV publication in the country, Plus, unveiled its 25 Amazing People of the Year, per a press release. Just a few of the individuals are actor Billy Porter; Mandisa Nikita Dukashe: South African ...

Gay News

Attorneys general file pro-transgender brief
A coalition of 20 attorneys general, including Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and New York counterpart Letitia James, filed an amicus brief in the case of Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, opposing the plaintiffs' efforts ...

Gay News

Chicago Plumbing Code allows all-gender multiple occupancy restrooms
--From a Community Restroom Access Project (CRAP) press release - CHICAGO — The Community Restroom Access Project (CRAP) applauds passage Thursday by the Chicago City Council of the plumbing code modernization ordinance that will allow businesses and building owners to ...

Gay News

Dozens of celebrities, companies set to take part in Spirit Day on Oct. 21
--From a press release - New York, NY, Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Today, GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced a preliminary list of celebrities, shows ...

Gay News

Brave Space Alliance's 'Out 'N Brave' panel on beauty, coming out
By Cris Villalonga-Vivoni - Coming out is one of the most terrifying yet liberating experiences that an LGBTQ+ person must endure to achieve happiness. Brave Space Alliance (BSA)—Chicago's South Side, Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ resource ...

Gay News

LGBTQ History Month: Pauli Murray, architect of history
By Victoria A. Brownworth - (Note: The pronouns she/her are used in keeping with Murray's own writings, but Murray was a transmasculine and gender-nonconforming lesbian.) Some say Pauli Murray is the most important U.S. activist many have never heard of. An ...

Gay News

Trans employees plan Oct. 20 walkout at Netflix [UPDATE]
Netflix's trans employee resource group is planning a company-wide walkout Wed., Oct. 20, to protest statements made by co-CEO Ted Sarandos regarding Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special The Closer, according to The Verge. "Trans Lives Matter. ...

Gay News

Donations needed for LGBTQ+-affirming spiritual leader's recovery
In July, Sofia G. Sarabia—an activist and community leader who provided spiritual counseling to LGBTQ+ youth and undocumented immigrants—suffered an unexpected stroke that injured her brain and left her immobile and unable to speak or eat. ...

Gay News

Netflix suspends trans employee who tweeted about Chapelle special
Netflix suspended a transgender employee who criticized the new Dave Chappelle stand-up special The Closer, writing on Twitter that Chappelle's jokes were harmful to transgender people and the LGBTQ community, NBC News noted. The company denied ...

Gay News

Achy Obejas' bilingual poetry book Boomerang/Bumeran explores immigration, liberation
By Max Lubbers - Achy Obejas is a Cuban-American writer, translator and activist. Boomerang/Bumerán, her newest book, confronts questions of immigration, love and liberation. Like a boomerang, these ideas return throughout the collection, even ...

Gay News

HRC marks National Coming Out Day with new resource for youth
On Oct. 11, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is commemorating the 33rd annual National Coming Out Day (NCOD) by announcing the release of a new resource, "Online Communities and LGBTQ+ Youth." "National Coming Out Day exists ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Victory Institute, LGBTQ books, youth items, NASA, LGBTQ Nation
LGBTQ Victory Institute and nine additional candidate-training organizations announced a partnership with Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, to provide a native-to-mobile tool to encourage young people to run for office, a press release noted. ...

Gay News

Texans protest anti-trans youth measures at capitol in Austin
GLAAD and Equality Texas issued a release highlighting a week of protest at the Texas state capitol in Austin—where measures targeting transgender children are being considered during the legislature's third special session of the year. Three ...


Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.