Man Named Kim Adds “Mr.” To Resume And Finally Lands Job

July 19, 2013  |  

We’ve all heard stories about job candidates who have names that “sound black” had trouble finding a job. But a name that sounds female can also be a problem.

One struggling job searcher could not understand why he could not find work. He had many years of experience in engineering, sales, and other fields. It wasn’t until he added “Mr.” to his name on his resume, Kim O’Grady realized it was his feminine first name that held him back, reports ABC News.

For four months, O’Grady experienced the life of a female job-searcher; employers rejected his application because they believed he was a woman. In order to score a job, O’Grady had to offset his feminine name by noting he was a mister, not miss.

After making the small adjustment to his resume, he got an interview for the very next job he applied for. “He ended up landing a job with ‘a substantial increase in responsibility’ over anything he had done before, which greatly enhanced his career.” said Daily Mail.

He wrote about his experience on his Tumblr account and titled it “How I Discovered Gender Discrimination.” The post went viral and struck a nerve with workplace equality advocates everywhere, ABC News adds.

“My first name is Kim. Technically its gender neutral but my experience showed that most people’s default setting in the absence of any other clues is to assume Kim is a women’s name,” O’Grady said, “It was like being hit on the head with a big sheet of unbreakable glass ceiling.”

O’Grady says that although people have expressed sadness, disappointment and anger, not one person felt any sense of disbelief. “The sad reality is this shows we all know how real and invasive sexism is.”

O’Grady now works as a management consultant in Perth, Australia.

Sex discrimination was the third most filed charge by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year, ABC reports.

Have you ever been touched by gender discrimination?

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