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When it comes to resume writing and job searching, your priority is to appeal specifically to the organizations and roles that will be a great fit for you.

Your materials should obviously cover the job requirements, but they should also align with the vibe and culture of the organization.

So when thinking about whether to include gender pronouns or your vaccination status, there are 3 things to think about.

  • Consider your personal values. Are LGBTQ issues important to you? If so, you’ll want to work with an organization whose values align with yours. So don’t worry if including gender pronouns on your resume turns off some employers. Those companies won’t be right for you anyway.

  • Consider the region you’re applying in. If you live in a more conservative area and you’re targeting in-person roles, you’ll probably stand out from the pack if you add gender pronouns or vaccination status to your application. This is a simple way to appeal to more progressive employers, but it will quickly rule you out if you’re broadly applying at SMB companies.

  • Consider the culture of your target organizations. If you are dead set on working for a major multinational insurance company, you may not see a lot of their team members listing gender pronouns on LinkedIn. They may have a more conventional culture. If those are types of places that you’re targeting, tone down your personal values and politics in your materials.
Andrea Gerson
Post by Andrea Gerson
November 8, 2021
Andrea Gerson is a social worker, career coach and workforce technology founder. Over the past 15 years, she's crafted impactful resumes for over 7,500 clients – many of who have gotten hired at organizations like Google, Apple, and the U.N. She's partnered with dozens of non-profit workforce agencies to lead staff trainings on topics like job search strategies, interview preparation and navigating workplace conflict. Andrea brings a strengths-based, client-centered perspective, and her work is an extension of her commitment to addressing the opportunity gap.