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‘Resume Whitening’ Is Real Amongst Asian & African Americans, Study Says

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TORONTO, Canada -- We've all heard about it before, people lying on their resume in hopes of snagging a job. But have you ever heard of resume whitening ?

Well, according to a study out of the Administrative Quarterly Journal, Asian and African Americans who "whiten" their resume (i.e. changing any information that indicates their ethnicity) are more than twice as likely to receive a callback than those who don't.

Case in point: The study found that 25.5% of resumes got a callback if African American candidates' names were "whitened" and only 10% were called back if they left their real name on the paper. Sounds like actress Raven-Symone isn't the only one judging people by their names.

But modifying monikers is just one of the steps involved in the resume whitening process. Turns out, some people interviewed in the study claimed they've excluded any prestigious -- but race-focused organizations -- awards, or scholarships off their resume so it wouldn't give away their race.

Who knew being president of the African American Club in college could possibly hurt you in the hiring process?

For Asian applicants, 21%  heard back from the employer if they changed their resume, and only 11.5%  of candidates did if their resumes were not 'whitened.'

Researchers claim that when companies present a non-diverse image, minority applicants are more likely to 'whiten' their resume.

Guess this puts a whole new meaning to telling a white lie.

 

 

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