A man has revealed that after removing his Nigerian name (Native) from his CV, he has gotten many job offers in the United Kingdom.
Inein Victor Garrick, a Nigerian living in the United Kingdom (UK) was born in Southwest Nigeria and now currently works as a Safety Inspector at Transport for Wales.
He said he began using his middle name Victor after struggling to get any job offers years after graduating from South Wales University in the UK.
“I never seemed to get past the first application stages even though on paper, I had all the necessary requirements for at least an interview,” Inien told Mirror UK.
“In addition, the few calls I had, the recruiters had an issue in saying my first name correctly.
“I started using Victor’s as first name due to the barriers I faced whilst applying to jobs after university.
“With comments like your name is difficult or hard to pronounce. I always felt I was on the backfoot and sent some unconscious bias.
“The moment I changed to my middle name Victor, on my CV, within a week, I had multiple calls for interviews.”
Inien moved to the UK aged 22 and he began to experience people mispronouncing his name.
He did not mind people mispronouncing his name at first but it started getting challenging because people were not making attempts to get his name right.
Rather than call him Inien, people choose to him Victor – his last name because it was easier to pronounce.