I’m sure you’ve heard every possible excuse and reason for why you might not have a job right now. It’s the economy, it’s all about connections, there’s just so much competition, blah blah blah. But if you’re a qualified lady applying for every job that you know you could do with your eyes closed, it’s likely nothing you can control. In fact, your resume may not even be read past the first line if your name indicates that you’ve got a V and not a P. That’s what Kim O’Grady learned and wrote about in a recent post on his Tumblr. After years of solid experience and education, O’Grady quit his job in the late ‘90s in search of a higher paying one. He applied for dozens of jobs before realizing this was probably the issue. Although it looks a little weird and unnecessary, he decided to test out adding “Mr.” to the beginning of his name. The first employer to received his newly “manned” up CV called him. He got another call and then another thanks to the “mister” and eventually landed a higher level job with more responsibilities than he’d been trusted with before. HMMMM.
O’Grady didn’t have the greatest background in feminism at this point, we learn, since he admits to having essentially agreed with people like his potential employers who were consistently rejecting him based on his gender neutral first name:
“Where I had worked previously there was a woman manager. She was the only one of about a dozen at my level, and there were none on the next level. She had worked her way up through the company over many years and was very good at her job. She was the example everyone used to show that it could be done, but that most women just didn’t want to. It’s embarrassing to think I once believed that. It’s even more incredible to think many people still do.”
It’s great that this experience made O’Grady recognize the difficulty and struggle women STILL go through when it comes to the job market. BUT it also emphasizes the fact that most men don’t give it a second thought or even admit that it’s true. Kim points out that his fields, engineering, trades, sales, and management, are very male-dominated, which is still, unfortunately, true. Although this happened about ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been surprised if this had taken place yesterday. What do you think BUSTies? Have you gone through the painful job search process and felt discriminated against? Do you think things have changed a lot since then? Sound off in the comments!
You can read Kim’s full story on his Tumblr.
Sources: Kim’s Tumblr, NY Mag
Photo via NY Mag