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    Posted: Nov 18 2012 at 3:06am
I was reading this on bossip before bed and it was kinda interesting...



UNEMPLOYED BLACK WOMAN PRETENDS TO BE WHITE AND SUDDENLY GETS HUGE INCREASE IN JOB OFFERS!

For two years, I have been unemployed. In the beginning, I applied to more than three hundred open positions in the insurance industry—an industry that I’ve worked in for the previous ten years. Not one employer responded to my resume. So, I enrolled back into college to finish my degree. After completing school this past May, I resumed my search for employment and was quite shocked that I wasn’t getting a single response. I usually applied for positions advertised on the popular website Monster.com. I’d used it in the past and have been successful in obtaining jobs through it.

Two years ago, I noticed that Monster.com had added a “diversity questionnaire” to the site. This gives an applicant the opportunity to identify their sex and race to potential employers. Monster.com guarantees that this “option” will not jeopardize your chances of gaining employment. You must answer this questionnaire in order to apply to a posted position—it cannot be skipped. At times, I would mark off that I was a Black female, but then I thought, this might be hurting my chances of getting employed, so I started selecting the “decline to identify” option instead. That still had no effect on my getting a job. So I decided to try an experiment: I created a fake job applicant and called her Bianca White.

First, I created an email account and resume for Bianca. I kept the same employment history and educational background on her resume that was listed on my own. But I removed my home phone number, kept my listed cell phone number, and changed my cell phone greeting to say, “You have reached Bianca White. Please leave a message.” Then I created an online Monster.com account, listed Bianca as a White woman on the diversity questionnaire, and activated the account.

That very same day, I received a phone call. The next day, my phone line and Bianca’s email address, were packed with potential employers calling for an interview. I was stunned. More shocking was that some employers, mostly Caucasian-sounding women, were calling Bianca more than once, desperate to get an interview with her. All along, my real Monster.com account was open and active; but, despite having the same background as Bianca, I received no phone calls.Two jobs actually did email me and Bianca at the same time. But they were commission only sales positions. Potential positions offering a competitive salary and benefits all went to Bianca.

At the end of my little experiment, (which lasted a week), Bianca White had received nine phone calls—I received none. Bianca had received a total of seven emails, while I’d only received two, which again happen to have been the same emails Bianca received. Let me also point out that one of the emails that contacted Bianca for a job wanted her to relocate to a different state, all expenses paid, should she be willing to make that commitment. In the end, a total of twenty-four employers looked at Bianca’s resume while only ten looked at mines.

My little experiment certainly proved a few things. First, I learned that answering the diversity questionnaire on job sites such as Monster.com’s may work against minorities, as employers are judging whom they hire based on it. Second, I learned to suspect that resumes with ethnic names may go into the wastebasket and never see the light of day.

Other than being chronically out of work, I embarked on this little experiment because of a young woman I met while I was in school. She was a twenty-two-year-old Caucasian woman who, like myself, was about to graduate. She was so excited about a job she had just gotten with a well-known sporting franchise. She had no prior work experience and had applied for a clerical position, but was offered a higher post as an executive manager making close to six figures. I was curious to know how she’d been able to land such a position. She was candid in telling me that the human resource person who’d hired her just “liked” her and told her that she deserved to be in a higher position. The HR person was also Caucasian.


do you guys think there is more to this story?  or was it just as easy as becoming White lady??  do you always choose 'black' or 'decline to identify' for fear of the same thing?  I didn't even know that HR people had access to the answers on those questionnaires.

the article does not say her name, for obvious reasons, but it makes me wonder if she has an "ethnic" name.  we all know the deal with that.


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I haven't found that it has worked against me but then again there might be so much demand that I still get a lot of responses

maybe just not as many as I could have

very interesting, very concerning
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I've never had to check off a race box on Monster but I do believe situations like this do happen. I forgot exactly where I saw it but a black university professor did the same thing and got a huge response. Also the book Freakonomics discusses this same issue. The professor might have been on the PBS special Race- The Power of an Illusion. 
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Of course it's that blatant. My mother's friend, who has a really ethnic Latino name, wanted to go back to school so she requested information from a university. I dont remember which school, but she requested info several times, and they kept sending her brochures from the "ethnic studies" departments even though she requested info from the business school. Eventually, she used her white sounding nickname and got the info she asked for. Ermm

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Also, jmo, but I don't see how having a white name could possibly help you since when you show up for the interview you are still black. 

ETA: Edited because the rest of what I said didn't come out right.




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I have been thinking of trying that & seeing if I do get any replies to my applications! I really wouldn't be surprised if I did.

But would that not just jeopardise the job search?
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When I was a teen I tried using shortened versions of my name which sound white/universal but I didn't notice any difference. I guess it doesn't really matter when applying for bubble gum jobs.
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If you have a white sounding middle name then use it. Just say most people call you so-and-so. Good luck on the job search! 
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Yeah, that's pretty blatant...and sad.

I always hate answering that question. I really don't see why they need to know, and saying I decline to answer would make me feel like I have to hide who I am.

And people say racism and prejudice don't exist these days...
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