Want to read something disgusting? Check out this article: Unemployed Black Women Pretends to Be White, Job Prospects Dramatically Increase
From the article:
“Two years ago, I noticed that Monster.com had added a “diversity questionnaire” to the site. This gives an applicant the opportunity to identify their sex and race to potential employers. Monster.com guarantees that this “option” will not jeopardize your chances of gaining employment. You must answer this questionnaire in order to apply to a posted position—it cannot be skipped.”
Monster guarantees the option will not jeopordize the chances of getting a job?
How can they guarantee that? And, if it cannot be skipped, it’s not an option!
This is maddening. It’s crazy that it is anywhere on Monster’s page. It should not be on there. I’m guessing some HR knowitall asked for the breakdown in races for their equal opportunity reporting.
Monster should have stood up and said NO.
Alas, where does this leave us? Folks, discrimination exists EVERYONE. In your job search, in careers, in education, in stores, in parking lots, … everywhere.
How do people discriminate?
Let’s reword that. How do people judge you? How do people decide if they want to (hire, be around, recommend, etc.) you?
- Body shape
- Hair (lack of, color, style)
- Tattoos (which is more your choice than many of the others on this list)
- Handicaps (not sure what the latest PC way to say that is) – limp, canes, wheelchairs, blindness, etc.
- Race (of course)
- Language (accent, stutter, slur, lisp, etc.)
- Ability to spell (sucks for dyslexics, doesn’t it?)
- Work history (job hopper?)
- Voice (too deep, to high, etc.)
There is no end to how people will make a 1/2 second judgement about you.
Because the person who does it is, well, human. Susceptible to mood swings, prejudices from parents and community, misinformation (the media is a horrible advocate of racism and prejudice, in my opinion).
It is illegal, of course. But tell that to people on the comments where I found the story. They say the Justice Department is just as prejudice as companies are.
It is not right. But it might be one of the worst problems in job search, career management, our life.
So then, what do you do?
Can you fight it? How?
Can the issue ever go away?