Workforce Readiness

TransNewYork is dedicated to helping members of the LGBTQ and Transgender Community get ahead in their personal and professional lives.  For many people, interacting with people outside of the LGBTQ and Transgender community can be a daunting and stressful part of the day.  The stress of interaction can be made more acute if you are not receiving supportive care at home or if you have had a bad experience in a previous job.

TransNewYork is here for you.  We will help you get your resume up-to-date and prepare you for your interview, whether the interview is in-person or over a video conference.  We will show you how to make a great first impression and how to effectively use social media and other platforms for professional networking.

TransNewYork offers an 8-week workforce development training program that invites a cohort of trans/GNC/non-binary (trans*) people to participate in learning the basics of finding, securing, and retaining a job. The program includes outreach to this population through individual contacts and organizational connections. Partnering with the American Management Association (AMA), this program teaches the best practices around workforce readiness. Other partnerships with such companies as Macy’s and Estee Lauder will help participants have the tools they need to secure meaningful jobs and careers. The cohort explores such areas as:

  • Basic office skills (such as email writing, meeting attendance, etc.)
  • Troubleshooting obstacles and discomforts in the workplace
  • Communication skills
  • Managing Up with supervisor

Resume Service

Learn how to customize your resume to your unique skills and career goals. Develop keywords to match specific job openings. Learn how to optimize your resume to pass recruiters’ screening software. Research the industry you are seeking employment with. See how a cover letter for one target job title is essential. Learn how to write your cover letter to capture the employer’s attention. Showcase your value proposition and provide a compelling call to action.

Provided in Word and PDF format.


Interview Preparation

Learn about specific questions that employers may ask during the interview process. Interview role-play by engaging with a member of our staff as if you were on interviewing with a potential employer. Practice Interview Etiquette. Research the company you would like to interview with. Learn active listening and learn how to prepare questions for the interview.


Dressing for Success

Regardless of the type of job you’re interviewing for, that first impression should be a great one. When dressing for an interview for a professional position, dress accordingly in business attire. If you’re applying for a job in a more casual environment, such as a store or restaurant, it’s still important to be neat, tidy, and well-groomed, and to present a positive image to the employer. It is also important to think about your makeup and accessories when dressing for an interview.


Social Media and Job Searching

Networking is one of the most important components of job searching. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 70% of all jobs are found through networking. Some surveys report even higher numbers. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, at least 84% of employers are using social media as a recruitment tool, with an additional 9% planning to do so. Learn about LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest search for the career of your dreams