The Atlantic magazine ran an article titled “When resumes are made ‘whiter’ to please potential employers.’ University studies, and conversations with job seekers, shows many companies preaching they hire for diversity when they don’t.
Yolanda Spivey is someone who ‘whitened’ her resume. Four years ago this African American woman, qualified to perform the requirements of an insurance industry related job but was refused an interview. She began to suspect she was receiving no job interviews because she is black. She ‘whitened’ her personal information on her job applications and changed her name to Bianca White. The job interviews began to roll in. Once it became public that she was African American Yolanda Spivey and not caucasian Bianca White, the jobs opportunities disappeared.
Is it an advantage to be white and a disadvantage to be a person of colour when it comes to applying for a job? Do you have an personal experiences?
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