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Yesterday, I posed a question from one of my readers. She’s actively looking for a job in the human resource industry, speaks fluent English and Arabic, and is active in her Woman’s Muslim Association. She wondered if mentioning these small pieces of information might be hurting her job search.
Little did I know that yesterday was the beginning of Ramadan and the timing was perfect for posing this question. Instead of posting a blog that dispensed advice, I asked my readers to share their thoughts, advice, and opinions on this topic. Should religious information even leadership experience be contained within your resume? And more importantly, is being Muslim keeping this job seeker for landing a job?
What I find interesting about controversial posts like this, isn’t the conversation that happens on the blog but the email messages, direct messages from Twitter, and conversations in other places outside of Blogging4Jobs. Is it because this topic is controversial and persons wish to share their insights anonymously or are other mediums the preferred platform in which to discuss topics like these?
To read the comments from yesterday’s blog from some of the leading HR, Career Coach, and Recruiting experts, please see yesterday’s post. I’ve copied and pasted my response to the job seeker from her email message below:
Hi “Job Seeker”,Have you thought about getting involved in your city’s HR group or volunteering for the regional or state HR Conference? Networking is a lot of work and it’s likely that people are busy not directly discriminating against you. I think that because you speak Arabic and English this would be an advantage. You will need to think about how this could help an organization. Certainly, working in an area that has a high percentage of Arabic speaking employees is where you would certainly have an advantage.This is a hard one regarding your association Muslim’s Women’s Foundation. I want to say no, it shouldn’t matter because I know that it shouldn’t, but it might be hurting you in the job search. When we include religious information even if it’s just affiliations on our resume sometimes people make assumptions. Remove it from your resume.My suggestion would be to find a mentor. Maybe you can find one with a similar background to you to provide you some guidance and serve as a point of reference to help you make contacts. Your mentor might not need to be in HR. If he/she has connections outside of your industry that could work to your advantage. Best of luck to you.