Landing A Job Is Harder In Canada If You Have An Asian-Sounding Name

If you think your merits matter in today’s highly globalized world regardless of your ethnic background, think again. If you have an Asian-sounding name, it is possible that you may not make the cut when applying for a job;  employers may prefer candidates with Anglo-sounding name over you.

As reported by NPR, a joint study by the Ryerson University and the University of Toronto found that job seekers in the country with Asian names were 28 percent “less likely” to receive a callback for their applications.

The study took into account existing data from a 2011 study comparing employment success of applicants with Anglo first names and Asian last names, and those with Asian first and last names. The 2011 study’s methodology involved sending out 12,910 fictitious resumes for 3,225 job ads.

“Some people still believe that minorities have an advantage,” sociologist Jeffrey Reitz, the study’s co-author, told NPR. “These studies are important to challenge that and show that not only is this kind of discrimination happening, but it’s quite systemic.”

An earlier report from The Star revealed that while a master’s degree could enhance an Asian candidate’s chances of getting a call, the job is still more likely to go to Anglo candidates with undergraduate degrees. The rates of callback are lower for Asian-named applicants applying for a position at a small to medium-sized organization (37.1 to 39.4 percent), compared with 20.1 percent at larger companies.

“The disadvantage of an Asian name is less in the large organizations, although it has not disappeared,” said the study titled “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly?” The results of the study was revealed at a forum at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, according to The Star.

Employers who are biased in their recruitment practices are missing out on massive revenues and business growth, according to a report on The Huffington Post. Citing a study done by the Center for Talent Innovation, the website reported that companies with diverse staff are “better attuned to the unmet needs of consumers or clients like themselves” and 45 percent of them are more likely to report an increase in market share from the preceding year.

The study noted that diversity is correlated to a company’s success, which it largely owes to its leaders’ ability to inspire innovation and respect for varying ideas. “Innovative capacity resides in an inherently diverse workforce where leaders prize difference, value every voice, and manage rather than suppress disruption,” it said, as reported by The Post.   

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