Jessica Miller-Merrell | , ,| By
Is Being Muslim Keeping Me From Getting a Job?
Sometimes readers send me questions looking for career advice or thoughts on a particular topic. A couple weeks ago, I received one email that stopped me in my tracks. I’m posting the question for you, my readers to answer. On Tuesday, (tomorrow) I’ll post my answer to her, but for now, I look forward to your responses on religion, being Muslim, and if it’s hurting this job seeker’s job search.
As a job seeker I know the number one strategy for getting a job is networking and its all about who you know. I’m involved with my college SHRM and also go to a few networking events and luncheons around my state. Networking is what landed me an Employee and Labor Relations internship position last fall. I’ve been applying for positions this summer that one I was referred to by a professor and two by a college SHRM officer. I basically got the run around on one of them and no replies back on the other two.
I originally had on my resume that I was bilingual knowing Arabic and English and also that I’m a member of my state Muslim Women’s Foundation, I’ve been thinking lately maybe I’m not getting replies back because of the upraising in the middle east? Do you think I should remove everything that connects me with the middle east when job searching? Please give me your thought on this. Thank you.
What do you think? Is a job seeker listing her affiliation and position with the Muslim Women’s Foundation on her resume, hurting her job search? Should it matter?