How to find a job in India when you’re LGBTQI+

While India decriminalised homosexuality two years ago, most Indian companies are still taking the first steps towards gender diversity.

The representation of LGBTQI+ employees at large and small Indian companies is still significantly low. To top this, in India, 79% of the LGBTQI+ employees have indicated that their career growth has slowed down because of their gender identity and expression, and revealing their sexual orientation, according to a recent report by Accenture (pdf).

In this scenario, many employees choose to keep their identities private. According to the Accenture report, only 40% of employees across 26 countries globally are open about their gender expression. Yet, there are some companies in India that are not only vocal about their goals for a gender-diverse workplace but also hire affirmatively.

To tap into this network of inclusion, there’s plenty an LGBTQI+ job seeker could do—including, in some cases, signifying one’s identity on one’s resumé.

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Toughest Finance Job in India Keeps Yes Bank CEO Awake at Night

Prashant Kumar

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Late in the evening of March 5, Prashant Kumar took an unexpected call from his boss at State Bank of India. He was offered the job of rescuing the country’s most troubled private-sector bank, and — if he accepted — told to report for work at 8 a.m. the following morning.

“The first thing that came to my mind was where was the address,” he recalled. “I had to Google it.”

Kumar had little hesitation in accepting the position of chief executive officer of Yes Bank Ltd., the lender that was teetering on the edge of insolvency before being bailed out that month at a cost of $1.3 billion. The only concern came from his wife, who Kumar says was “shocked” that he had resigned from his safe post at the government-controlled SBI, where he was chief financial officer.

Another failure of

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