With the unemployment rate still hovering around eight-percent for Americans, and almost double that for black folks, one woman decided to up her chances of securing a job.

After being unemployed for two years, Yolanda Spivey decided to attempt an experiment. An insurance professional, Spivey created a separate Monster.com resume and profile—which used her education and professional experience—with one big difference, she called herself Bianca White and claimed she was a white woman.

Spivey explains:

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.  At times, I would mark off that I was a Black female, but then I thought, this might be hurting my chances of getting employed, so I started selecting the “decline to identify” option instead.  That still had no effect on my getting a job.  So I decided to try an experiment:  I created a fake job applicant and called her Bianca White.

First, I created an email account and resume for Bianca.  I kept the same employment history and educational background on her resume that was listed on my own. But I removed my home phone number, kept my listed cell phone number, and changed my cell phone greeting to say, “You have reached Bianca White.  Please leave a message.” Then I created an online Monster.com account, listed Bianca as a White woman on the diversity questionnaire, and activated the account.

That very same day, I received a phone call.  The next day, my phone line and Bianca’s email address, were packed with potential employers calling for an interview.  I was stunned.  More shocking was that some employers, mostly Caucasian-sounding women, were calling Bianca more than once, desperate to get an interview with her.  All along, my real Monster.com account was open and active; but, despite having the same background as Bianca, I received no phone calls. Two jobs actually did email me and Bianca at the same time.  But they were commission only sales positions.  Potential positions offering a competitive salary and benefits all went to Bianca.

Spivey’s experiment lasted just a week, but it opened her eyes to the inequality that exists in the job market. While her resume barely got noticed, her alter-ego—Bianca White, with the same education level and experience—received several inquires from eager employers.

Spivey’s takeaways? Explicitly stating that you’re black on job sites may sadly limit your prospects, white people—despite the economy—have an easier time finding a job, and the economy would flourish if everyone was given an equal chance.

Have you ever gone to extremes to increase your chances of getting a job? What do you think of Spivey’s experiment? 

  • Kenzy

    i commented this on some other clutch article a few months back this JUST happened to me..from spring to summer I was looking for jobs. I used my name ive been using all my life very ethnic sounding and i got 1 interview and 3 replies. This went on for months. FInally at the end July (im in education and the school year was getting ever closer) after yet another article about the name problems. I changed my name on my resume to my married last name (more white sounding than my maiden) and used my grandmas name as the first name (very neutral old school name and is actually on the list of white names that get called back the most) and wouldnt you know i got 7+ replies, 3 interviews and am now working.. its sad but its real. I encourage any qualified job seeker who has an ethnic name to do the same and see the improvement..emphasis on qualified.

  • http://gravatar.com/eynapanirb B.Payne

    I have to disagree with the subject.

    I’m black and I haven’t had this issue especially since I use ALL resources other than Monster, which is losing it’s appeal for job postings as of lately. You have to use all job sites and temp agencies and not think about discrimination when interviewing….worked for me. Don’t get me wrong…I’ve experienced interview that clearly didn’t work in my favor but I look at it as a blessing rather than a curse due to my race because imagine working at a company that despises you.

    I was recently hired at a company that I temped in for the past 90 days. The only black female amongst entire white camp and we ALL get along. Boss loves me.

    Just keep looking and don’t settle…

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    This is not surprising at all….for naysayers, it STILL exists.

  • http://twitter.com/jameane Jame (@jameane)

    Yolanda Spivey has proven she is a great candidate, has a flair for words and a great sense of humor. (I was laughing at her alter ego’s white-white name)

    It is sad in this day and age, checking the wrong box limits your prospects, even when you are well qualified on paper.

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    Yep I echo Ms. Info’s sentiments not at all surprising.

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    Part of me is surprised, but part of me isn’t. I think she should have continued the experiment and used different sounding ethnic names, that way we could have seen what happens to Asians, Latinos, etc; my understanding is that along with Black men, Middle-Eastern men are the most discriminated against…

    It might also be a good idea to drop the first name on her resume and just list Y.Spivey — that way they have no idea what race or gender she might be.

    I wonder what the Clutchettes who defended the foolish names article will say to this…

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Disturbing.

    I am guessing that these employers were checking off that they only wanted to search for white applicants? Otherwise, wouldn’t they have come across both resumes with the exact same information? But why would monster offer employers such a search option?

  • EST. 1986

    No, I have never gone to any extremes to increase my chances of getting a job. I never self identify either and if the option doesn’t exist, I choose ‘two or more races’.

  • Dee

    This is nothing new, which is why people code switch…

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    I don’t think it’s a search option. Seems like they may have seen her name and not even glanced at the resume. I totally believe it.

  • Akosua

    Her take away was identifying herself as ‘black’ and I would even say more so as a ‘black female’ as the culprit. There is a real apparent attack on black females within as well as outside our communities. As she discovered in this short experiment, it does not matter what your credentials are, posting while black will not get you that far. Had she retained her first name and identified herself as ‘white’ I think she would have also gotten the same type of call back responses.

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    I don’t know if this is an attack only on Black females: I actually believe that Whites are discriminating against educated, upwardly mobile Blacks since the election of Obama. I’ve noticed in my interactions with them there seems to be more of an insidious hostility or resentment.

  • Gail

    I’m a recent college grad and this is my first time doing a career-related job search (other than part-time work while I was a student). My name doesn’t make it obvious that I am black. However, I do come across these diversity questionnaires and sometimes I wonder if I should answer them….Will it hurt me? Will it help me? Does it even matter? I’d like to think it doesn’t matter…but just the other day my mother was telling me of how despite all her experience, a woman at her work all but told her straight out that the reason she hasn’t been promoted yet is because she is black. hmm, I’d like to hope most places aren’t this way, but honestly of all the places I’ve interviewed I have yet to encounter a black person, and sometimes I wonder…but gotta keep trying!

  • hr

    OT, but great to see someone else identifies with code switching.

  • TM

    My first thought? Way too much work to trick an employer to think that you are something that you are not. Does the name Yolanda Spivey sound black? I have an ethnic name — Tenisha and my married last name is Irish/Scottish- and I get callbacks all the time (at least once a week) AND I’m on the major job boards. I don’t see how my name “Tenisha” isn’t viewed as ethnic — there a million Tenishas and variations of my name in the hood. There’s even that white Tenisha on that medical tech program commercial. But most of the time whites tell me I have a “pretty” name. Whatever. My experiences in NO way discounts Ms. Spivey’s experiment. Definitely not a surprise, considering that hiring/HR professionals have the same ethnic biases as anyone else. But I also think it depends on the field you are in sometimes as well. It’s fine to use maiden names, initials, more “Caucasian” sounding names initially. But what will you do when they call you in for the interview?

  • JessicB

    I agree, using websites such as Monster or CareerBuilder are a bust. You do need to go to a temp agency. I like you B.Payne was offered a temp to perm job at aChildrens hospital, I’m the only black person in here as well and they just offered me the job permanately and the best salary I’ve ever had in my life. Thanking God, because I was unemployed for months after my department was shut down at AT&T and I used Careerbuilder and Monster and a plethora of other sites with no luck. I went to an upscale temp service and was offered this job the very next day.

  • Camille

    I dont think you people get the point of her experiment. Almost every job I apply for has their own online application which asks for race gender etc. I think its outragous to b e asked to participate in these surveys. Its racist and sexist. Sometimes its optional and other times I cannot complete the application without filling out that part. This black woman went to lengths to see what would happen just like I would. Point is names do matter, sex does matter to employer s. Hard to believe but they can do that. Face it racism is out there.

  • merrigold

    I definitely think the lack of job offers and internships is based on race or ethnicity.My last name which sounds Spanish (but it’s not). I’ve been considering changing my last name to my mother’s maiden name which sounds French to American ears.I wonder if this effects other white people (like eastern european/baltic, even Spaniards of course) I knew a white guy with a greek last name and he had a slightly harder time finding work than someone with an “American” surname. He assumed that they passed him over because they didn’t think he speak english well despite being born here, Not surprised at this at all. If you aren’t white, connections and networking is your plan b).

  • GlowBelle

    Not at all surprised by this. As I’m having a difficult time finding a job in my field, I’ve had to apply to retail and food service jobs, and I see on most of the online applications they ask you your race and gender. That doesn’t sit well with me (and isn’t it illegal to ask?), and I can’t help but think that that is two of the reasons for me not getting a callback. So I in fact don’t blame Spivey for testing this out and not surprised in the least with her findings. Even though Monster.com is one of the worst spots to job hunt, this still speaks volumes about the job hunt in America.

    I have an ambiguous first and last name that doesn’t lead anyone to believe I’m Black, but my problem is putting down in my resume that I went to college. I have been tempted like Spivey to just flat out lie on my applications, taking out that I have a degree, and simply checking the “other” box when asked about my race, but I’m just too damn honest, lol. I’m still going to keep on trying, because I rather be hired honestly and be hired by someone who actually wants me — not my fake alter-ego.

  • http://musedmagonline.com Drew-Shane

    I’m always torn on what to check. I often just skip over them unless it’s a large company that I feel would need some “diversity.” I think people totally missed the point. Very interesting study and I’m not shocked!

  • Chrissy

    I wonder do they do address discrimination? Like if a person lives in a majority black city or area code even if it is not lower class.

    But I am not surprised by this. This also got me thinking about retail jobs when they ask you for your race/gender. Sometimes I wonder if it for diversity or if they are just trying to weed certain people out.

  • q. banks

    those questions are to weed certain people out and to keep track of their quotas…

  • q. banks

    how long have some of you been unemployed. I’ve been now for 5 yrs. im a substitute teacher but thats not steady and the pay sucks. i have 2 degrees and im 44 yrs old. I even apply at places like walmart and schools and colleges-cant find anything. Only had 3 interviews in 5 yrs.

  • Rue

    you never self identify? So you’re just a floating human-esque orb, or perhaps a hipster.

  • Rue

    Sigh…I’m torn here. Obviously, I would want a job if i’m unemployed and such, but if people like these are gonna be my boss, i don’t want to bother.

  • pearlsrevealed

    Dont put your degrees on an app when it does not apply, ie retail. And by all means, sign on with a temp agency. I am currently working a long term temp position through Kelly Services. This is my first full time position in 3 years. I landed the assignment 3 weeks after signing on. I got nowhere with online resume warehouses. Nada. I have an old white, east coast sounding name and it did nothing for me.

  • Chillyroad

    @Alosua

    I recently read an article that all not most but all of the new African Americans hires this year were to African American women.

  • pearlsrevealed

    Also must add how I was led to Kelly Services….. I signed with other temp agencies but never got an assignment. Periodically I would cry out to God, “Lord please connect me with someone who knows someone who knows someone!” It’s all about who you know and I don’t know the person in cyberspace collecting all my biz and playing with my life. Then one weekend I felt in my spirit to go to a fundraiser. This was not my idea. It was definitely a God idea because I was holding on to my last $30 with an iron fist. As I was leaving a guy I know casually stopped me and began to quiz me about my job search. He then suggested that I talk to his wife’s best friend who is an assistant in a Kelly office. He escorts to me to her and a week later I am working a part time $8 hr job. Three weeks later a, $14 hr full time job. Still not as much as what I used to make but I am moving on up. Oh and I spent $16 at that fundraiser and it was worth it. Moral of the story: listen to your heart even when it doesn’t make sense. HE takes the foolish things to confound the wise.

  • EST. 1986

    I do not understand your comment.

    No, I am not ‘just a floating human-esque orb, or perhaps a hipster’. What does that have to do with what I said above?

    Whenever I fill out applications online, if the option is available for me to not choose my gender and racial background, then I click the radio button that says, ‘choose not to self identify’.

  • Chrissy

    This is helpful. So If Im applying for retail I should not put the fact that I have a degree on there?

    Should I also not include work where I have gotten payed above minimum wage?

  • RightOn

    They’ve done a neighborhood/zip code study, and yes, they do discriminate based on this as well (for the reasons you’ve stated above).

  • ArabellaMichaela

    Not surprised at all. Discrimination against black professional women in hiring is rampant. And yes, it does appear to have gotten much worse and more blatant since the election of President Obama in 2008. Michelle Obama (who we, black women,love), seems to be quite threatening to white women on some deep level. It is as if there is a backlash. They can not vent this on the First Lady; so they vent it on professional black women, who, to them, are like her. Unfortunately, many HR people happen to be white women. It is impossible to get pass them o get hired, without being very clever as was the writer of this article. I have actually heard some of these HR managers who are white women talk about their “diversity hires,” when their companies in fact have NO black professional women on staff. They seem to think it’s perfectly ok and legal.
    Lastly, I have to agree that I have definitely noticed more inexplicable, general hostility from random white females and even from Latin women since Obama’s election. It’s like they are determined to “keep us in a certain place.” It’s been an eye opener.

  • BriA

    I recently graduated college as well so I hope I don’t face this type of discrimination, but I’m in art so….I hope they’d have an open mind and just look at my work….blehh lol

  • Blqdymd

    For those wondering, the diversity information questionnaire is a way for employers to collect data on their applicant pool for EEO and Veterans reporting. Laws explicitly state that information collected cannot be used as a basis in any hiring descion. In an ideal world, this information is stored separately from your application and is not disclosed to your recruiter/hiring manager.

    I don’t know too much about how Monster works, but I’m assuming that employers use their diversity functions as a tool to boost their “diverse applicant” numbers.

  • Lisa Lauenberg

    There are a number of differences that haven’t been accounted for – one profile is old and one is new. New applicants *do* get a lot of attention. Older profiles may no longer be available for work whereas a new profile most certain is. Secondly, there is a prejudice against out of work people as well. “If no one else wants her, why do we?” so the longer you are unemployed, the harder it is to get work. So her real profile may not be getting hits because she is deemed undesirable for not having found a job, rather than due to racial differences.

    She should try it again with a profile identical to her own – including being a black female – to compare “new white” with “new black”.

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    Thank you for highlighting that. Some comments on the original article link are stating the same: that Monster can’t disclose the info to those hiring/ they can’t see it.

    This seems like a case of name discrimination. Names are just one thing people use to identify Black people, including the way people speak, universities, interests. People also look for anything they might recognize as stereotypical…

    Everyone in the country, including the racists, knows this is going on.

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    Wow. I had suspected there might be zip code discrimination.

    I’ve been practicing resume writing and have wanted to start my own resume business for a while, but there are ways around these things. If your address might be a problem (not a local applicant, zip code, etc) there’s no reason to include it in the header of your resume. I mean really, what purpose does it serve? They’re going to call or email anyway…With name discrimination — this happens to other minorities too — you can just use your first initial and last name, although there is nothing that can be done about an ethnic last name (I have an obviously French one).

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    I totally agree. The racist backlash against Obama is dangerous for precisely that reason — this is *nothing* like previous elections or partisan bickering. Blacks represent 13% of the population and we control little or none of the wealth or power in this country. The reality is as they demonize the most visible Black person in the country (which are repeated acts of over racism) it’s going to spill over to us, as we’re used as proxy. I also suspect that people unconsciously know that showing this racism towards a Black man would be too obvious (although Black men are even less likely to get hired), so they’re using Black women as a safe stand in (that’s where the spate of articles came from calling us ugly, unmarriagable, etc).

    It’s exactly similar to using a public figure who happens to be a Jew to air over racism towards Jews.

    This is why minorities need to take some sort of stand against any and all forms of White racist speech, against whomever it’s directed. People pay for it, and it’s not even Obama.

    None of us believes that a birther or rabid Republican who advocates secession post-Election is inclined to hire or work with a Black professional.

  • JN

    I’m seriously writing that I am white on every job application from now on.

  • Heather

    I’m so glad you said that, my mother named me Heather just for that reason.

  • NoThanks

    Spend less time on job boards and more time networking– ANYWHERE. Conferences, on the plane, at a bar, etc.

  • EST. 1986

    The thing I hate about networking is that it is all about creating superficial relationships with people for a job. As an introvert this greatly bothers me and I would rather get a job based on my own merits.

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    well what happens if you change your race on the application, go to the interview, and then get accused of lying/fraud?

  • EST. 1986

    It is my understanding that the demographic information isn’t viewable to employers. And how could they be sure someone is lying when they would being using their personal judgement as to what one’s race is?

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    what about white people that are named moniqui (pronounced moh nee kwee),shayla,latoya,latonya,deandre,jamal (yes i’ve seen a white jamal), and tyrone?

    some of the names that sound “black” are actually french,indian,or arabic names.

  • Pink Lipstick

    “I actually believe that Whites are discriminating against educated, upwardly mobile Blacks since the election of Obama.”

    You can have a high GPA and great brands on your resume, but qualifications are no substitutes for race. Look like I’mm applying for a post-bacc pre-med program…

  • amber

    The challenge and unfortunately the sad reality is that corporate America doesn’t always operate this way. I’m not sure what industry you’re in but I would argue most industries operate off of relationships vs merit. While it may seem superficial, networking is one of the best ways to separate you amongst the competition.

  • ginnamarie

    I had a high school teacher- a white woman mind you-who advised us to select “other” if possible when submitting job applications/profiles.According to her that information is none of anyone else’s business. She told us the only time we should select our actual racial makeup is if it was for an application specific to that information (grants/scholarships)

  • pearlsrevealed

    @Chrissy
    “Dumb down” your resume. If you were once a manager then change the title to something compatible to the job your are applying like”associate” “rep” “tech” “assistant”. Also minimize your job duties. Recall what others did who reported to you and write these as your own duties.

  • pearlsrevealed

    I have a friend who recently complained that she was given shoddy service from an auto mechanic because of an Obama bumper stick. This prompted her to immediately remove said bumper sticker, yard signs and anything displaying her political beliefs. If there is a civil war in the USA then Fox News should be tried for treason.

  • __A

    @ChillyRoad – You have to look at the types of jobs that were lost and the type of economy we have. A lot of men that lost their jobs in fields like manufacturing and construction. Our economy is a service economy. The jobs that most people are hiring for these days are service jobs. They may be more plentiful but they pay less and are usually filled by women.

    Unemployment rates with black men I think will only get worse. My dad was working class and had a job where he was able to support us in a comfortable lifestyle. These types of jobs just don’t exist anymore at a large enough number, and they never will again. This is why it is very important that black people especially men start striving towards higher education. Companies now outsource their manufacturing to nations making lowering manufacturing costs, and many Americans are forced to take lower paying service jobs.

  • EST. 1986

    You all do know that some of this information can be discovered in an employment background check, right?

  • Kim

    I dont know if someone made this comment already, but do you think Monster.com might be discriminating against certain people. Not necessarily for employers benefit but in the way google assumes that we may like certain things or in this case employers would be more inclined to hire certain types of people. Could their system be shutting us out?

  • Beclaud

    i’ve always been suspicious that employers are able to read the EEO information. After being out of work for 3 years I changed my race to two or more races and received two calls to interview. The first interviewer saw me didn’t go any further.

  • Fwench Fwies

    That’s the first time I’ve heard that. Very, very strange. G*d, I love Michelle Obama and am proud of her in the same way I was of Jacqueline Kennedy (showing the world America has got class). Every time I see a photograph of her I feel pure happiness. I almost died in 2008 but am glad I lived to see the Obamas in the White House. I’m white and a woman but no longer live in the U.S.
    Just half an hour ago I read on Xojane.com a person saying her “conservative republican friends from childhood” went into a FB meltdown of racism and hatred after the re-election.
    It fits together.

  • Karen Crane

    I also did this. While looking for a job, I got NO responses when I checked the “diversity” box “black” (“We’re committed to diversity, blah, blah, blah – yeah right. Surrrrre you are!) So, for the last application, I checked “decline” (to disclose ethnicity), and GUESS WHAT? I was called for an interview.
    Unfortunately, I thought the interviewers were going to have a freggin’ HEART ATTACK when they saw me. They were NOT happy.
    Needless to say, I did not get the job.
    They NEVER checked my references, and they never sent me a reject letter.
    I guess they were just … pissed.

  • http://ClutchMagazineOnline Jaci

    My reply to pearlsrevealed:

    Thank you Pearlsrevealed for your testimony. Thanks to everyone for their practical advice.
    I’ve been laid off for almost two years and was getting discouraged. During that time I received one call for an interview for my previous position. I worked as an administrative assistant for eight years. The temp agencies I visited and emailed never gave me an assignment or replied. Praise God, I was able to find a retail sales position to cover some of my expenses.

    Your comments made me realize that I am in the same boat as a lot of other good & hardworking people (despite what Mitt Romney says). I need to be persistent to get the results I want. As per your advice, I will visit temp agencies again, continue to network, and check Other on the race questionnaire.

    I suggest that you take the free resume and job search classes at the local library, if you haven’t searched for a job in a few years because job search methods have changed a lot. The interview I received was in response to a revised resume and cover letter.

    P.S. Thanks for the positivity Clutch!

  • http://drudgereport.com Ronald Reagan

    Did it ever occur to anyone that saying you’re black means something? This experiment was done previously, in one form or another(using names such as “Karen” vs. “Shanequa”), and the largest reason businesses avoided blacks was because they feared expensive litigation if the prospect were “let go” during some probation period, a bogus “EEOC” complain, or any charge of “racism”.

  • http://drudgereport.com Ronald Reagan

    Your conclusion (confusion) seems to paint all members of a class with the same brush, which is what you’re complaining about. Why do conservatives love Alan West, or Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams, Clarence Thomas, Mia Love or Bobby Jindal (sp?) ? Oh, they are ignored, mocked, or derided by members of their own race, and liberals in general.

  • commonsense

    @EST.1986. Ok, no one actually said that you have to “create” an actual relationship with these people. It’s just about good communication/people skills you use to help you find a job.

  • Mr White

    This makes sense. I once worked for a company that combined their largest staff meeting with a corporate photo day. Upon arrival employees were given a coloured ticket as a form of ID. The white employees had different coloured tickets to the minorities and they were summoned for a series of exclusive group photos based on their ticket colour. These exclusive shots were used for marketing purposes, in brochures and online because of the belief that a white staff was more appealing to clients.

    People seem willing to pay more for white personnel, and I was even asked if I had any white friends who needed work because of this. My white friends were all employed in good jobs yet some of my non-white friends were eager for work. The company was not interested in hiring them. They told me that they’d had unceasing issues with minorities and that key clients were unhappy with almost all of them. I don’t know why it was like this, whether they were really bad workers or if they were simply seen as bad by comparison.

  • http://twitter.com/PiscesStar7 PiscesStar7 (@PiscesStar7)

    @Ronald Reagan,

    Did you forget the former head of the GOP, Micheal Steel?

    Didn’t he get fired from that position for doing the same dayummed thing that other GOP members have done for years…take clients/potential clients to the strip club?

    Furthermore, all throughout the election cycle, he was telling the GOP to stop the nonsense on the birther, women’s, immigration issues…the general “tea party” line…’cause it was going to cost them the election. And, it wasn’t until after Romney lost that the GOP was singing his song.

    I don’t know about you, @Ronald Reagan, but this sounds like ignoring, mocking, and diriment taking place here.

  • Mike Hunt

    No one wants to hire blacvks. They work for a few weeks/months. Then they slow down to a stop. When you fire them, they sue. Useless baggage.

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  • Seashell

    Mike were did you derive your stats? Or is your statement based on your shallow brain bombardments?

  • http://twitter.com/hargrovejones hargrovejones (@hargrovejones)

    That’s why affirmative action happened. The only way Diasporans can get reasonable fairness for employment is if it is required! Look at how racist tried to force the President out of a job he earned, and now they’re trying to prevent Susan Rice from obtaining a job. Until attitudes change, protection is needed.

  • Kema

    Sex & Race DO matter and anyone who believes otherwise is a fool. I watched a HR hiring segment on 20/20 with a former HR head. She exposed the tricks they use to exclude people. She said she had a coworker who had a fake picture on her desk of 2 kids. Hoping that if a female job seeker would comment on it as a way to reveal if she had kids of her own or not. She also said that she’d offer to walk the person to their car to look in the car to see if a carseat was there. As far as ethnic names is concerned that’s why I get angry when parents set their kids up for automatic discrimination with tacky “Hood” sounding names. Let’s be real employers would be quicker to hire Brandon & Monica over Raheem & Dajanique.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fritzeverett Whaley Fritz

    Wow! We all think about this and most of us cringe when required to answer those questions that alone is a shock to the our conscious and evidence of a bad requirement.
    We knew this was going on but hoped it not so…

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  • r. rogers

    I believe what Bianca says. I am a seasoned college graduate with a high GPA looking for a job for three years. I do believe that I am discriminated against because of color and age. I am so tired, it leaves me wondering why is this necessary. I thought it was against the law to discriminate against race, color or creed and all that other stuff. Someone should make it againt the law to request this information before an interview.

  • Bubba

    “Someone should make it againt the law to request this information before an interview.”
    It is. And you might want to learn how to spell.

  • suzee

    Bubba,
    who should r. rogers desire to work for, someone like you (a supposed near kinsman) who responded to his sharing in such an unkind and condescending manner? Are you so harshly affected by the single spelling error? What about the punctuation and grammatical error, you did catch those didn’t you? Perhaps you’re actually like the rest of us; doing the best you can and sometimes making mistakes:)

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  • Ed Cool

    It is important to know if this individual was “refreshing” their original resume while creating the new one.

    The reason is that monster.com and all other employment websites can push to HR the applicants that match their needs AND are the newest “refresh” of a profile/resume.

    Without that critical piece of information, this entire piece is suspect at best, misleading at worst.

    However, if that was done correctly, then this is very disturbing!

  • Rachel

    Hello,
    I think the article was definitely an eye opener to things we already know but now they can be proven. Who are you going to sue?! It is time for us black people to stand united and fight against underlying racism that affects us all! We have to do something, now is the time. The election and its fallout has shown that racism is alive and powerful. When is enough?

  • http://sande-radiance.yourafricanmarket.com Wanda

    Wow! So this explains the unemployment rate that is double in the African American Community to the Caucasian Community. Racism is still alive unfortunately. The question is ” Who would want to be hired under the premise that one is not an African American female?” Not me! This employer could be Pandora’s box! The hostile work environment! Monster may need to monitor its social media clients more carelfully to sustain their reputation. Social media businesses hold your partners accountable for discrimination! You can have control through sustainability plans and reporting.

  • http://www.coloradotech.edu/Student-Life/CTU-Blog/August-2012/Socially-Responsible-Business Wanda Tisby Cousar

    I agree that employers fear an EEOC complaint and this may influence hiring protected classes. The onus of responsibility also has to be those empolyed in the workplace when injustice or poor ethics is in the work environment. It infuriates me when I witness protected class under EEOC supporting the status quo to keep their jobs. You do not always have to resign when holding colleagues and administration accountable to a pleasant intercultural workplace. I remember in the 1990s I had a white boss that did not want me to promote Black History month in the workplace and I ignored him. He actually got compliments on the Black Poetry on the table tents in the corporate cafeteria. Employees including whites asked if they could take the tents home as a souvenier and I approved. I was encouraged to keep up the good work for all cultural holidays. because it promotes well being and the workers felt this reduced stress in the environment.

    Let’s face it America has gone global. We must all practice and learn how to accomodate various cultures. If we do not, the racism will impact us all because our employers will have less money to pay who remains due to lawsuits and settlements out of court.

  • Chris

    Great Story. I think you should “Name” and “Shame” the workplaces who called your white alter-ego. Since they cannot search by race on monster, they must have gotten both resumes and filtered one out based on some criteria. I wonder, since they were worded the same, why they did not catch on ?

    I also believe in state and federal EEOC’s using test job applications and straw interviewees to expose discrimination. Until employers feel the heat they won’t change.

  • http://www.BlackJesus.com Black Jesus.com

    Despite the bad economy and high unemployment, we are approaching $1 trillion in buying power. We must stop spending our money blindly with many of the very companies who refuse to hire us on all levels. Better yet, if we would start buying from more Black owned businesses, we could begin to hire ourselves.

  • Charlene

    After going through the civil rights movement in the late 60′s and all the continued racism I have encountered through out my career, to see blatant racism still ‘openly’ alive and well is disheartening. I agree that if we hit them in their pockets and also make the EEOC accountable and responsible for applying and putting discrimination protocols into place, Without those protocols, America will continue to foster and seemingly approve discrimination in any form!

  • http://www.themoh.com Yah Sharif

    I feel personally as a man of African descent living within America, we as people of African descent should develop our own businesses, corporations, companies and learn to employ jobs to ourselves. We need to stop complaining about this ongoing issue of job discrimination and take action and responsibility for our lives more independently by realizing we have the power, intelligence and skills to create for ourselves that which we do not have.

    When are we going to stop begging and running to the European man for a job? When are we as people of African descent going to rise above these issues by building for ourselves our own industries, companies, schools, banks and communities?

    When are we as people of African descent going to support each other when we do open up our businesses? The problem is not what Caucasian man is doing to us in the job market it’s what we’re not doing for ourselves in our own lives.

    The solution is we need to become more independent as a people of African descent and do for ourselves. Once we’re no longer distracted than we can and will be able to transcend our lives towards better prosperity.

    The European man is going to do what he’s been doing and if we hadn’t realized that by now than we’re in worst shape than we were in the 60′s!

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  • Charlie Langford

    A financial coup is no more the answer than creating an economy separate from the established “white” one. Not saying that we should.forget who.we are or where we came from, but at what point do black people stop saying others are to blame for their perceptions and racially biased actions and perhaps look honestly at what we might be contributing to that flawed image? What about a black person makes a company reluctant to hire one of us? Maybe for our culture to adapt a bit, rather than constantly resist and call foul, would see us better excelling in the economy…

  • Treach

    I’ve done it, even for shitty hourly jobs and have gotten calls back. I even did it in high school when I was looking for a summer job because a friend of mine told me a place was hiring and when I called with my regular voice they were fully staffed, but I called 20 minutes later in a more ‘caucasian’ voice AND slightly worse diction (I took the bass out of my voice as it is deep and gave myself southern white dialect because I lived in Alabama) and was offered an interview that afternoon. This was in 2001.

  • http://gravatar.com/ehegeman ehegeman

    This is soooo terrible. I showed this to my students and they were like damn. Very upset.

  • Liz

    It’s exactly the same in Australia. A friend of a friend is half Indian, half white, and was applying for jobs using her day’s Indian surname. Eventually she found she wasn’t getting any callbacks so she decided to use her mum’s surname and got half a dozen callbacks within a week.

  • WhiteGuy

    So what? White businessmen know that blacks hate their guts and want to tax (enslave) them to support the black community. Blacks voted for Obama 97%. So why should a white-owned business want to employ their enemies? On paper a black may appear to have the same qualifications as a white — but only because of government-sanctioned lower standards for blacks than for whites. Also, blacks create a hostile work environment for whites. Once a black is employed, they are in effect a government spy, ready at any moment to sue their employer for some charge of racism or discrimination. Whites are better off staying as far away from blacks as they possibly can. After all, a business is primarily in business to benefit the business owner — through greater profits & by creating a pleasant, trouble-free, harmonious work environment. Blacks ruin that for most whites. Quit looking for whitey to save you. If you want a job, turn to your own race or create your own business. Since blacks & whites are equal in all respects (right?), that should be no problem. Or get a job as a federal employee where the color of your skin and animosity towards whites will be an asset. Maybe you could go work for the Civil Rights department and entrap white business owners and sue them for not giving preferential treatment to blacks.

  • AM

    I reject the demons working within you, bind them and cast them to the deepest parts of hell. BURN!

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    Morning Mami….I read Satan’s comment too…a brother must have screwed his wife or something…lol….

  • Sid

    Funny, the same thing happened for me when I checked the box saying I was a Hispanic female instead of a white one.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/david.kessel.90 David Kessel

    That is a stark and cruel generalization.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.kessel.90 David Kessel

    The most tragic thing about America is that instead of treating a fellow citizen as just a fellow American, they treat them as some other “internal nationality”. MLK’s dream needs to be updated. It should now read: “I have a dream in which all Americans treat other Americans as just Americans”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.kessel.90 David Kessel

    That is a stark and cruel generalization. However, inside of it there is a sad truth. People in this country are saturated and soaked in racism and it permeates their very nature. It’s a disease. It was a system imposed upon the people by the colonials a couple of hundred years ago and it is still very strong. The system itself needs to be torn down, not adjusted to by creating various empowerments based on groups.

    As long as America officially has different artificial sub-nationalities, it will suffer.

    People here need to treat another person whoever he is as just a fellow American.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.kessel.90 David Kessel

    The very idea to have Americans treat each other as different cultures is wrong.

  • http://gravatar.com/princessjosie Shorebuny

    Yes Cognorati, employers do zip code checks. I lived in Bryn Mawr, PA and got more calls for jobs than when I lived in Philadelphia. Some employers advertise in certain suburban local neighborhood papers for employment.

  • David

    It is my understanding that recruiters are much more likely to respond to new or very recently updated resumes on Monster than resumes that have been sitting around for a long time (2 years is a long time). That probably has more to do with her getting calls than being white. It’s not like these 2 resumes are sitting out somewhere side by side for recruiters to look at on Monster….

  • http://www.facebook.com/maria.i.garcia.39589 Maria Isabel Garcia

    I feel like “Just an American” is code for “white”. All the different “internal nationalities” as you say, in this country have their own cultures and customs, and history. Are you saying that everyone else should shed their culture and history and conform to a default version of America? That’s ridiculous. All that “We all bleed red” “We’re all just people” stuff is NONSENSE and speaks towards erasure of culture. I’m not buying it for a damn second. If it makes you uncomfortable to respect me as a Latina, not just as “an American”, the problem lies with YOU.

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  • Eva

    My job search worked out for me because of connections and a diverse company.

    However, just because it worked out for you and I, doesn’t mean that this isn’t a problem and that this situation isn’t occurring.

    I agree that we should continue to look and refuse to settle. I don’t think that always works out for everyone though. Even looking through the comments of this article, proves that point.

    -from a self proclaimed black suburbia chick

  • Eva

    This was just an experiment. Clearly, if an interview rolled around, it would have been revealed, before the background check.

  • Eva

    True! I would love to see that experiment if someone is willing to do it.

  • Eva

    I don’t think that’s what the person is saying at all.

    If someone of another culture (which we technically all are if we check the family trees) is born and raised in America, they should be American. Plain and simple.

    What you are arguing about is heritage, which is completely different from nationality. They sometimes intertwine but they are not the same.

  • Yuvetta Robinson

    That is just the way it is and nobody can do anything about it – They are in Controll!!!

  • Mistymi

    I knew this a long time ago. Black children with unusual sounding names also have a harder chance of getting a job. I worked for over 20 years in what we call Human Resources or Personnel. I am a black woman who went into this field to level the playing field as much as I could. THe only negatives I received came from black people who had no clue about what I was doing or why. At HACLA the difference in employment of blacks, especially in higher level positions went downhill. Few noticed it.

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  • FACE

    The funny thing is that you can’t tell white folks that this still happens in the job market. You can NEVER discount the impact of race on anything in America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.warthen Jeff Warthen

    I agree, I am feeling it as a Black male that has done 12 years of military service and about to receive a Bachelors in Business Administration. It is some statistical discrimination going on around here.

  • mark marshall

    It’s not racism, it’s behaviorism. People do not want to hire blacks because they have experience dealing with their anti-social behavior,

  • Trina Nicole

    The comment you made is ignorant. Just thought you should know. Have a great day.

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