Wednesday, October 22, 2014

José vs. Joe: Who Gets A Job?

Still think we live in a post-racial society? In his job search, Jose Zamora sent out 50 to 100 resumes daily. He wasn't getting any responses. So he decided to make just one change. He dropped the "s" in his name and became Joe Zamora. Within a week, he was flooded with responses. "I had to drop a letter to get a title," Zamora concluded. Watch:

Jose Zamora's experience is backed up by a study, "Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination." Also see the New York Times: "'Whitening' the Resume" and "In Job Hunt, College Degree Can't Close Racial Gap."

1 comment:

Michael J. Mand said...

You know what the sad news is? The situation years ago was even worse; so much so that today's racism might be considered an improvement. Obviously, we still have a long way to go. Rev. Dr. Martin Luthur King, Jr.s dream has not yet come true.