No matter how many self-righteous managers and nurses might deny it, there is still plenty of discrimination against job hunters with ethnic names. All you have to do is Google to find plenty of articles, stats, and studies showing that people with minority names must complete 2-3 times more job applications in order to receive the same number of job interview offers as their Anglo-Saxon sounding counterparts.
For those of you lucky enough to go by an Anglicized nickname, here's something interesting from a manager/HR blog: you are NOT obligated to apply for jobs with your legal name. If you've been going by another nickname for ages, then for goodness's sake, apply with that name! Resumes, cover letters, and even digital applications are not legal documents. When HR is interested enough to need a background check and social security number, that's when you give them your legal name.
But of course, not everyone has been lucky enough to go by Jennifer or Lauren or Rachel. So is there no other advice for them except to keep their chin up and keep applying? In a job market where even "white-named" job hunters are having no luck with 100+ job applications, that is surely disheartening.
Sep 6, '12
Quote from Novo
I think you're reading into it too much. I don't think managers care what your name is after they see your qualifications on your resume. I don't think managers say "Hey! Chang sounds like a Chinese name I'm going to throw this resume out!". Unless of course they're racists but those people are in the minority these days.
I don't believe anyone would deliberately or blatantly discriminate that way (by tossing a resume strictly based on the name). But in the face of many, many applicants per job, they might narrow the list down per requirements to a smaller pool of candidates. Then they might "go with their gut" and offer interviews first to the people who "feel right" without consciously knowing why they feel like better applicants.
Very few people consciously discriminate, especially in the HR department. But when the data is added up, it shows discrimination. So even if no one is doing it deliberately, it's still happening.
Last edit by biomimetical on Sep 6, '12
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Sep 7, '12
by mudd68, BSN
This happens outside of Nursing as well. My friend's madien name was Sanchez. She got married. When she had children she was applying for food assistence and the case worker asked about her "papers/greencard". Ummmm, she was born here! It's happening.
Last edit by mudd68 on Sep 7, '12
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