Work: 'Whitening' the Résumé to Get Called Back

Discrimination against 'ethnic' names driving some to change theirs

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Every Thursday, The Takeaway focuses on work issues.  This week we take a look at ethnic and racial discrimination in the hiring process and what some people are doing to better their chances of getting called back for a job.  Takeaway work contributor Chaz Kyser, author of "Embracing the Real World (The Black Woman's Guide to Life After College)," says the practice of "whitening" resumes, i.e. making black names sound less ethnic, is becoming increasinlgy popular in a super-competitive economy.  Tuere Murray, a working mother of two from Oklahoma, explains why she changed her name from "Akanju" to "Murray" after she had problems scoring interviews, despite a competitive resume.


Chaz Kyser and Tuere Murray


Jen Poyant

Comments [1]


This is intersting to me...Was there any interest in what are Latinos are suppose to do? I'm sure the hiring practices are much harder for Latinos or Asian who can"t really run away from their names.

Dec. 22 2009 06:11 PM

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