By STACEY MOHAMMED
What is one of the hardest things for a person to continuously undergo? Rejection. For the three years that I have been married to my husband, he has been applying for jobs. He knew he would find it hard but how hard wasn’t known until he actually started receiving rejection letters from jobs that were below his expertise.
We recently attended a job-seeking agency (they were unable to help us) where we were told the main reason for my husband’s rejection was that he was an immigrant. Not any immigrant though. The main reason is he is Indian and has a foreign name. Our surname is Mohammed and so it’s not your typical anglo-saxon name.
This means my husband doesn’t even get an interview. He can’t even get a phone interview. The most likely thing is that the recruiter sees the name and presumes that his English will be poor despite the fact he studied English and speaks a total of four languages. The recruiter fails to notice that my husband is an IT engineer who has worked for major companies.
They fail to see that with every job he has undertaken, he has progressed in his position and earned the praise of his employer. They fail to see that no matter what job my husband undertakes, he gives it 100 per cent This immediate presumption made by recruiters on the basis of his name is not only unfair but it also destroys you. Despite four years of study and working for big companies, he is almost unemployable.