Originally Posted by andthebeatgoeson
My old office manager, white girl from Iowa with the mixed race kid who i constantly talked with about progressive issues and our hated of trump, said she got a ton (~3000) of replies to job postings. Admitted that she filtered jobs by name. Ignored resumes if she couldn't pronounce the name.
It took me a few days to digest that. It was a black owned business. It shouldn't shock me. It really shouldn't shock me.
I think i gave her too much credit. I mean, she probably believes that makes her more efficient and it's a valid excuse.
Well, that's the other side of this coin. Sometimes it's not active malice, it's just people being lazy. As far as I know I haven't seen a study along these lines with "hard to pronounce" names, although I imagine that it generally tracks alongside "ethnic" names.
Originally Posted by Kisaya
I had the opposite effect. I added my middle name to my resume which made me sound more brown, and started getting a lot of interview requests.
What jobs are you applying to?
Also, it doesn't seem like it's mentioned in discussions but I think the actual news in the study is the finding that even outwardly pro-diversity job postings in the sample didn't have a higher rate of callbacks. But I guess that's probably a function of top-down directives not actually having teeth in regards to changing attitudes of hiring managers.