by Terri Williams
Originally published: May 18, 2016
“Diversity” may be the current workplace buzzword, but research shows that some minority applicants aren’t taking any chances. They believe they can improve their chances of being considered for a job by altering parts of their resume to change foreign-sounding names and omitting college activities that could reveal their race.
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and Stanford University, 36% of minority college students admit to resume “whitening.” And even among respondents who didn’t engage in this practice, 66% of them knew other people who did.
In the study, the researchers tested whether or not “whitening” resume techniques resulted in better outcomes for job applicants. The results reveal that students eliminating elements of diversity from their resumes are in fact seeing better job response rates than those who are not.