He Dropped One Letter in His Name While Applying for Jobs, and the Responses Rolled In
His name is José Zamora, and he had a routine.
During his months-long job search, he says he logged onto his computer every morning and combed the internet for listings, applying to everything he felt qualified for. In the Buzzfeed video above, he estimates that he sent out between 50 to 100 resumes a day — which is, in a word, impressive.
But Zamora said he wasn’t getting any responses, so on a hunch, he decided to drop the “s” in his name. José Zamora became Joe Zamora, and a week later, he says his inbox was full.
I saw this news in the Being Latino Facebook page. Some would say that this is mere coincidence, that we already live in a post-racial society and that he would have gotten the next job. But every now and then a news story rehashes this experience in a different context. Even papers have been written about this phenomenon. And it keeps reminding us that a non-discriminatory society is a long time from being true, and closing our eyes to this reality won’t make it true sooner.