I think we all know the answer.

So, in this video, Jose talks about his experience looking for jobs using his real name versus using a typical "white American" name. It should be no surprise that he got more interest when he changed his name to Joe.


I know for myself, years ago when I was unsuccessfully looking for a job, I realized my name might be holding me back (even though I've met mostly white girls with my name, my name is still so rare that an ignoramus may assign it an "ethnic" label). So, I changed my resume to just my first initial and full last name. You would think I just cured cancer after all the interest I got from this change.

It's a sad state of affairs when your name, not your experience or work ethic, determines the pool of the best candidates. Oh, but bootstraps, there's no racism, everyone has a chance to succeed, blah, blah, blah.