All of us have unconscious biases affecting the way we react to one another fairly and justly. I’ve witnessed it from time to time and even more so recently. I have had clients throughout the years confronted with biases about a) color b) age or c) ethnicity.
Because I have been talking about issues impacting negatively on ex-offenders, people of color, women, disabled, and other groups, I have garnered more attention. Since speaking to groups treated like 2nd class citizens, my show’s downloads have decreased.
Good. I do not pander to or wander from my goal: to be The Voice of (ALL) Job Seekers.
Don’t over react. Race is a big part of the discussion and doesn’t mean you’re a racist based on recognizing unconscious biases.
I was asked to come to the University of North Georgia to talk about “Unconscious Bias” due to my Facebook postings on diversity and inclusion. I have been studying and noticing how microaggressions (the result of unconscious bias) emasculate job seekers. Many young people (especially of the aforementioned) who are assaulted with hurtful assumptions way before his/her first job interview.
I recorded an excerpt from my talk at the University of North Georgia on unconscious bias. I wish I had a day to bring training to a complete circle, but grateful to introduce the idea of promoting amicable and respectful dialogue around the affect of bias.
I am open in talking more about this subject (like all of my articles) offline. If you want to contact me, please call me at 708-365-9822. If you would like for me to present at your organization or college, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will gladly consider facilitating a discussion on this topic in any format you’d like.
My name is Mark Anthony Dyson, and I am the Founder of The Voice of Job Seekers. I am a career advice writer, but more importantly, I hack and re-imagine the job search process..
I've worked with hundreds of job seekers one-on-one helping them to construct a narrative and strategy that appeals to hiring managers and recruiters. I present at colleges and organizations, and facilitated many workshops including my volunteer effort through a Job Lab. I write and create useful job search content on this blog and write career and workplace advice for blogs such as Glassdoor, Payscale, Job-Hunt.org, Prezi and more.
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