Is It a Good Idea to Hide Politics When Looking for Work?


EP 1088 A wise question from someone who is concerned that her beliefs will be a problem.

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The question I received was, "Is It a Good Idea to Hide Feminism When Looking for Work? " The obvious answer is, "No." It is not a good idea to hide feminism AND you may experience impact.

You know some organizations are not to be happy with your politics, which is why you are asking the question. You can no more hide feminism then you can being black. You can no more hide feminism then you can hiding a part of yourself. That didn't work for gay Americans. It hadn't worked for black Americans. It hasn't worked for obvious reasons.
It won't work for you either. . It appears to be a part of who you are and if you try to hide those qualities it will eat you up from the inside until you eventually explode.

I wonder whether in your mind you think you are more "more militant" (whatever that means) that you think corporate America can tolerate?. Let's assume yes. Why would you want to work for organizations that would try to repress who you are? Why would you want to work for organizations that we just want you to be another "drone?"

There are organizations that will respect who you are and what you believe. Why work for organizations that would be problematic to you and your beliefs in order to get a check? The answer is, "in order to get a check." Maybe it's the career path that you were trained for. . . Or some other reason.

In my opinion, don't hide it but understand that you may pay a price later on and if you're willing to do it, that is great!

There are many women and many people who have paid a price and change society. You can be 1 of those people and You might become 1 of those people who provides what I think of as "every day courage" that allows people to speak their mind and be freer from the shackles we all tend to live with.

It's your choice and I don't think you could live with hiding your beliefs. It doesn't mean that you have To have a flag out, and are constantly championing your beliefs. It doesn't mean that you have to do it when you're writing an email. I suspect that is the level of feminism that you're thinking of. I suspect it is not about the trivial and then it is about the everyday occurrences at work that people will tend to hide.

In conclusion I would say don't hide your beliefs go forward with them.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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