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Sonia Kang, assistant professor at the University of Toronto, is interviewed about her study into job discrimination in this 9-minute Youtube documentary video.

 

Resume 'whitening.' Yes it's a thing.

Recent study shows that even diversity-friendly companies discriminate against racial minority job seekers.

A new study from the University of Toronto shows that minority applicants may fare even worse in the resume pile at companies claiming to support diversity, than they would at companies that don't make the claim!

That's because job seekers are less likely to “whiten” their resumes by downplaying their racial identities when responding to pro-diversity job ads. ('Whitening' a resume can mean anglicizing your name, or omitting the country you studied in if it was overseas, for example.)

The study also showed that the odds of getting a callback for an interview when resumes are not whitened are significantly worse, regardless of whether the company says it's a pro-diversity employer or not. On the other hand, hiding one’s race by "whitening" was found to improve minorities' chances of landing an interview. 

"It's really a wake-up call ... discrimination is still a reality," says Sonia Kang, lead author of "Whitened Résumés, Race and Self-Presentation in the Labor Market."

What can be done?
In the video above, Michael Bach, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, says, "no one wants to admit they're a racist," but when they honestly look at their attitudes, they become hyper-aware. And he offers a couple of big solutions:
  • Put your recruiters through some rigorous awareness training on unconscious bias in the hiring process.
  • Take a wholistic approach. You have to look at the entire organization.
Watch the video here.
Read more about the study here.
 

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