Ethnic first names are given less job opportunities and leadership roles than english first names despite having the same qualifications and resume work experience.
A study comparing callbacks on jobs conducted by Monash University had concluded that minorities received 45.3 per cent fewer callbacks than english given names for non-leadership positions.
For leadership positions it was shown that 57.4 per cent of minorities had fewer callbacks than those who had applied with english names.
Illawarra resident, Violeta Tomeski, 48, had experienced numerous accounts of jobs where no callbacks occurred, however on one callback for an interview she said she experienced a negative response.
“I was given an interview at a supermarket store for a certain date and time, when I had gotten there on time the manager had ‘forgotten’ my interview and did not want to reschedule,” Ms Tomeski said.
“It felt like they had judged me before I even started my interview and was just not given the fair shot that I thought I would have when I had gotten the callback.”
Wollongong resident, Dukadinka Tomeska, 67, said before she retired she had experienced numerousf no callbacks for jobs, even when all qualifications were met.
“Many jobs in Wollongong would not give me a callback when having all the qualifications needed for the job, it felt as though to be given a fair shot at a job I would need an inside connection to the store through someone.” said Ms Dukadinka.
“This is an issue that has always happened and is still continuing to happen to people like me.”
Monash University has recommended that those with unique ethnic names should submit applications and resumes without their given names to provide the best shot for job opportunities.