They didn’t hire José but they hired Joe
Who would have thought that one letter could change everything.
His name is José Zamora and he had been looking for a job for a long time. He was so eager to find one, he estimates he sent out between 50 to 100 resumes a day.
One day he had an idea. “He decided to drop the ‘s’ in his name. José Zamora became Joe Zamora,” Latino Voices reported. And you know what? responses started pouring in.
According to “Joe,” he didn’t change anything from his resume except that one letter.
“Employers consciously or subconsciously discriminate against names that sound Black or Latino, as reported by the New York Times. One much-cited study found that applicants with white-sounding names received 50 percent more callbacks than applicants with Black-sounding names, a significant disparity,” reported Latino Voices.
I guess first impressions matter as much as having the right name.