Discrimination is not uncommon for new immigrants, but nowhere do they experience it more than the job search.
According to a report in the journal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, at least 33% of job applications by candidates who were migrants or ethnic minorities resulted in discrimination: “The discrimination was strongest at the outset of the hiring process, with large numbers of "test" applicants (usually a young male with a foreign sounding name) being denied the possibility of even presenting credentials to prospective employers.” Though there was less discrimination in the second stage (presenting credentials for an interview) and third stage (actual job interview), the report specifies “in many cases more than half the minority candidates never got beyond the first stage.”
If over half of new immigrant or ethnic minority candidates can’t even get past the first, resume-submission stage to the interview stage, they’re at a serious disadvantage, since only one out of six candidates interviewed gets the job, meaning most job applicants have to get to the interview stage several times before they even get a job. So, how can new immigrant job candidates move past discrimination in the first stages of the hiring process, which usually involves sending in a resume, and reach the job interview stage?
Here are some of my suggestions:
Change Your Name On Your Resume
Changing your name on your resume is one of a few resume tips and tricks you can try if you’re concerned about ethnic discrimination. Everyday tells of one woman who did this and successfully found a job admits this is a difficult decision. She at first left her full ethnic name on her resume, but when she received no callbacks from recruiters, she changed her mind and only displayed her nickname on her resume. "Don't play into [the pressure]" she advises. "But, when you're desperate, sometimes you just have to do it to get your foot in the door."
Remove References to Your Ethnic Background on Your Resume
Removing your name from your resume isn’t the only way to remove traces of your ethnic background from your resume. In one study reported in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, for example, students of Asian or African descent “Americanized” their interests by saying they enjoyed outdoorsy activities like hiking and snowboarding, which are more common in “white” Western culture.
According to the same study, research shows that when ethnic applicants erase references to their race in resumes and job interviews in this way or similar ways, they are more likely to be selected for the interview stage.
Make Sure Your Resume Fits an American Format
If you’re from a different country, you may have formatted your resume in a style different from most American resumes. You can visit websites, such as this one from Stump and Associates, to learn more about the formatting and components of American resumes and other resume tips and tricks to help yours blend in with other American job applications.
Use a Resume-free AI hiring solution
Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence allows job seekers to avoid the resume process completely, offering bias-free hiring opportunities for job seekers concerned about ethnic bias. One such resume-free, skill-based job platform is Geekbidz. It allows job seekers to participate in a skills ranking system, then be offered an on-the-job evaluation at a job that fits their skills. This system is a must-try for new immigrants looking for a job.
Move Past the Resume Stage to the Job Interview Stage by Employing Some New Strategies
New immigrants unfortunately face discrimination at all stages of the hiring process, but especially at the resume stage. If you’re facing this very problem and struggling to get even one interview, why not use the strategies in this article, including trying new AI technology that can help you find a job without using a resume at all?