José Zamora searched for work for months. In a Buzzfeed video, José explains that he would log onto the internet every day and apply for every job for which he thought he was qualified. He sent out his resume 50 to 100 times per day, every day, and got no response whatsoever.
One day he made a very slight change to his resume-- he dropped the 's' in his first name. Once he changed his name from José to Joe, his E-mail box filled up with responses. Even though his background and experience was exactly the same, perspective employers that bypassed 'José ' without a glance clamored for an opportunity to meet with and interview 'Joe'.
According to the New York Times, employers sorting through online job applications often discriminate against black- or Latino-sounding names. One study showed applicants with white-sounding names were 50 percent more likely to receive a response than those with more ethnic names.
José explains in his video in an intelligent and thoughtful way that he doesn’t even think this kind of discrimination is conscious. "Sometimes I don't even think people know or are conscious or aware that they're judging -- even if it's by name -- but I think we all do it all the time."
He’s certainly done his part to bring attention to the problem. Smart employers may want to forget about Joe, and snatch up José quickly.
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According to the New York Times online resume discrimination against minorities is common.