Moral of the Story: A rose by any other name is still a rose, but it might not feel like one.
Now I knowww you remember when Raven-Symone confessed on The View that she would discriminate against someone with a ghetto name. Social media came at her for everything she was worth! Raven-Symone later apologized for her comment but she proved prejudice is alive even in our own communities! I’ve reviewed 100s of resumes in my career and I usually go straight to the education and experience sections. However, I recognize an ethnic name when I see one but it’s impossible to judge a resume by a first and last name.
My question to you is would you be using another legal name such as your middle name? Or would you be using Kailynn when your name is really Bonquisha or Qadira? If you try to drastically switch it up after you get the offer then you will appear dishonest. Once you appear dishonest, your reputation goes out the door. Ultimately, there are two options here – 1) Be true to yourself. If that means you are discriminated against then at least you kept your integrity or 2) Do what you have to do to get in the door. Then commit to being your authentic self in order to break down stereotypes. (No, that doesn’t mean perms and bleaching. No slippery slopes here).
My honest recommendation is to do that with which you’re comfortable. I’m more partial to option #2 because I think it is important to get a seat at the table. Not at all costs, but at some measures. For example, my friend replaced her last name with her middle name on all her job applications. Another example is, I went to a predominantly Asian school and there was a dozen John Kims in my class. Proving that many ethnicities do what they got to do to assimilate. Now that people like my friend and John Kim are in the door, they can take a seat and change the hiring game. I caution that whatever middle name or “nickname” you use on your application in place of your first name, is a name that you feel comfortable being addressed by going forward.
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