Grads: Leave Your Religion Off Your Resume If You Want Callbacks

by College Fix Staff on June 16, 2014

New college graduates who included a “religious mention” – such as a campus group they participated in – on a resume were less likely to get callbacks or email responses from employers, according to two new sociological studies, Religion News Service reports:

The studies used fictitious resumes — with bland names that signaled no particular race or ethnicity. These were sent to employers who posted on the CareerBuilder website to fill entry-level job openings in sales, information technology and other fields suitable for first jobs out of college. …

In the South, where researchers sent 3,200 resumes, those with a religious mention got 29 percent fewer email responses and 33 percent fewer phone calls than otherwise identical resumes with no faith ties according to the study, released by the Southern Sociological Society on their Social Currents site.

In New England, 6,400 applications were sent to 1,600 job postings by employers. But applications mentioning any religious tie were 24 percent less likely to get a phone call, according to the study published in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

The religious categories were “Roman Catholic, evangelical Christian, atheist, Jewish, Muslim, pagan, and one faith they just made up, ‘Wallonian,’ to see what would happen compared to people who made no faith reference.”

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