‘Resumé whitening’ common among job applicants

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By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/18/2016

For anyone, it can be difficult to find a job, but many diverse or minority applicants face added challenges. 

As a result, up to 40 per cent of minority applicants engage in “resumé whitening,” according to a University of Toronto study. 

Applicants will change the name on their resumés to sound more anglicized or remove experience related to an ethnic group or organization, said Sonia Kang, assistant professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and lead author of the study.