If You Live in the UK or Canada, Your Indian Sounding Name Faces Resume Discrimination

Resume discrimination

Quartz.com recently published an article (you can check it out here), which mapped a few rich countries and the respective minorities that they discriminate against, when it comes to job callbacks. The background of the minority groups vary by country.

 

In Toronto, one of the most diverse cities in Canada, if your name is Indian (assuming Tamil names fall into this category within the study) or Chinese sounding, you are less likely to receive a follow up call to your resume compared to a candidate with the same experience and skill sets, but has a name identifying with the majority population. The same holds true in the UK. Here’s the full list:

 

 

In the past, TC had conducted an informal poll through our site which asked if our readers (who are mainly from Canada, UK and the USA) had ever shortened or anglicized their names to land a job. Here are the results:

 

Name poll

 

Some people in the Tamil community feel that shortening or modifying ethnic names to increase the chances of getting a job is acceptable, while others feel that an individual’s name is a core part of their identity and continuing to adhere to and support a system that discriminates based on this, is a practice that needs to be changed. What are your thoughts? Comment below or on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “If You Live in the UK or Canada, Your Indian Sounding Name Faces Resume Discrimination

  1. Sieg heil, the same population dynamics holds with the continuing historical xenophobia & bifurcation based on adaptations of low SPF sunscreen skins for sunless Europe & high SPF skins for sunny Africa.
    It is akin to the artificial polarisation created by The Fuhrer & the Germans of German superiority for invasion, conquest, colonisation, enslavement, land grabs & annexations of neighbouring lands of the Native Europeans for a greater & glorious Germany spanning Europe & beyond.
    In time & in generations to come assuming one maintains a Tamil core value of conscientiousness & not a pleb of the general population, the Tamil name & character will become an asset. A simplified shortened version certainly has been the case for all the interactions one has had around the world from schools & universities in England, Scotland & in the global sphere in a bluechip company. Redeem the glorious & sophisticated trademark Tamil spanning millennia, not just the enslavement in the last few centuries.

  2. Tamil parents in the West need to stop giving their kids burdensome overly long names with difficult pronunciations and ridiculous numerological spellings.
    It’s amazing how many 90s born kids (all born in Canada) have names with ridiculous spelling. Arbitrary consonants, missing vowels etc. At least among the 80s generation most of our names are spelled phonetically.
    White ethnic Europeans from Germany, Poland, Italy, Ukraine etc gave their kids WASP names over time. How many Hermans and Gunthers and Guiseppes and Vladimirs do you know among 2nd generation+ white Canadians? None.
    Ditto East Asians.
    At the very least give your kid a name that’s short, easy to pronounce and spelled phonetically (North Indians are much better at this than us).

  3. Interesting points, heard of a case of a German American changing their names from Mueller to Miller to assimilate & avoid hostilities with the first established English immigrants in America. Strangely, the English themselves & England was a result of German Anglo Saxon incursions & land grabs from the indigenous Britons & Britain 1500 years ago. In the German American assimilation it works but hasn’t worked with African Americans, different SPF sunscreen skins for a start.

  4. Tamil parents in the West need to stop giving their kids burdensome overly long names with difficult pronunciations and ridiculous numerological spellings.
    It’s amazing how many 90s born kids (all born in Canada) have names with ridiculous spelling. Arbitrary consonants, missing vowels etc. At least among the 80s generation most of our names are spelled phonetically. 
    White ethnic Europeans from Germany, Poland, Italy, Ukraine etc gave their kids WASP names over time. How many Hermans and Gunthers and Guiseppes and Vladimirs do you know among 2nd generation+ white Canadians? None.
    Ditto East Asians. 
    At the very least give your kid a name that’s short, easy to pronounce and spelled phonetically (North Indians are much better at this than us).

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