How To Overcome A Ghetto Name During Your Job Search To Avoid Employment Discrimination and Make It to The Interview Stage
We all know employers discriminate. Employers are made up of people and these individuals inherently come with preferences and prejudices. I wrote an article highlighting ten of the most
common ways employers discriminate against candidates during the hiring process. Click here to read it.
So now I want to share a few ways that you may be able to get your resume pass the racist or discriminating resume screener if you have a ghetto sounding name.
- Use Your Initials - If a resume comes across a recruiter's or hiring manager's desk with the name Laquesha Diamond Princess Johnson what will he or she think? Let me know what you would think in the comments below. To escape peoples prejudices and at least make it to the interview stage Laquesha may want to use LDP Johnson instead.
- Use your middle name - Laquan Dustin Wilson IV may want to omit Laquan. Dustin Wilson sounds a bit more racially ambiguous and will lead him to getting more callbacks for interviews.
- Use a nick name - If Hakeem Lyon Lemont White friends call him Skip he may want to go by Skip White for job search purposes.
- Use a shortene version of your name - If your name is Lashaynara just use "Shayn"
- Use A Friend - Nothing beats having a friend get you in the door.
If you're thinking to yourself. "I'm proud of my ghetto fabulous name. My mama gave it to me." All I can say is so is everyone else at the back of the unemployment line. Realize that people are innately judgemental and prejudice. Don't make things harder on yourself then they have to be.
Let us know what other ways or things that you do to get past those pesky employment gatekeepers. Share with us your stories and tips in the comments below.