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Great Resume, Too Bad About Your Religion

JobDiscriminationNumbersTom Breen, UConn Today

Sara Korvel has a lot to offer prospective employers: a recent graduate of a major university, she made the dean's list in seven of eight semesters and belongs to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Fluent in four languages, she landed prestigious internships at an international bank and a state public broadcaster, and held down a job as a Starbucks shift manager for most of her college career.

Sara has one significant factor working against her as she searches for her first post-college job, though: she's a Muslim.

A pair of studies by University of Connecticut researchers have discovered that employers are demonstrably less likely to respond to a job application if that resume includes evidence of membership in a faith group. And far and away, the faith group employers least want to engage is Islam.

"What we found is that, when applying for a job, it's better not to mention religion at all – but employers really don't want you to mention being a Muslim," said professor of sociology Michael Wallace, who conducted the studies along with Bradley Wright, an associate professor in the sociology department. (Read more)

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