Recommended Reading

by Race in the Workplace special correspondent Erica

Grad Creates Job Site for Minorities - The Harvard Crimson
Thanks, Tereza! Recent Harvard grad Brandon Terry has founded GetConnects. “‘The vast majority of people in the U.S. get their jobs through a preexisting network,’ Terry said. ‘One of the problems is that the U.S. is a deeply segregated society and that minority groups have some of the most shallow social networks of people in the U.S.’”

Congratulations on Your Diversity Policy, but Why Can’t Poor People Work Here? - Fast Company
Jory Des Jardins notes the irony in the perks that come with better-paid positions higher up the corporate ladder and proposes several ways a company can accommodate financial diversity in its workforce.

Auditioning in a Video Résumé - New York Times
Media trainers are becoming more popular with people needing to make a good impression. Consultants are helping high school kids with their college apps, executives with presentations, job applicants with video resumes, and even folks looking to give their dating profile a little zing.

Five situations when you shouldn’t change careers - Brazen Careerist
Learn to recognize what exactly it is that you’re unhappy about. e.g., If you hate your boss, a new job might be in order.

Does Collaboration and Open Source Blur The Line of What It Means To Cheat? - Businesspundit: The Business Ethics of Web 2.0
34 students in Duke’s business school (almost 10% of the class) got caught cheating on an open-book take-home final and will be penalized for honor code violation. Says Rob May, “I don’t blame the web 2.0 collaboration mindset. These students didn’t think that sharing was ok. They simply thought that it’s better to focus their efforts on what gets them hired, and in this day and age, substantive thought isn’t near the top of that list. Degrees and titles count so much more than actual knowledge.”

How not to let annoying people annoy you - Chief Happiness Officer
Simma dow now! I’ve got one guy at work that really grinds my gears. I’m not sure I’m zen enough to follow all these suggestions, but there are some good tips. I’m guilty of getting all worked up only to find later that something was (partially) my fault.

10 Best Cities for African-Americans - The Creativity Exchange
As rated by Black Enterprise Magazine. “The rankings were created from an analysis of economic indicators (African American educational attainment levels, job growth, number of black-owned businesses, black home ownership rates, etc.), as well as an evaluation of results from a web survey that received more than 2000 respondents.” A commenter wonders about a rising distinction between more northern (and more white) creative class cities and the cities that made this list, which are mostly in the southeast.

ENDA Reintroduced with a Wrinkle - Workplace Prof Blog
Professor Paul Secunda seems optimistic about the possibility of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act becoming law (provided President Bush doesn’t veto it). The hang up is including sexual orientation as a protected class. The current version under consideration also includes gender identity. Here’s the text of the bill.

Recommended Reading is a weekly feature where we link to some of our favorite workplace-related blog posts and articles. If you would like to suggest a link to Erica, please email


  1. Penelope Trunk wrote:

    Hi, Erica. Thank you for linking to Brazen Careerist.

    When I saw you mention video resumes on this blog, I immediately thought about how widespread use of video resumes would provide a new opportunity to discriminate based on race.

    There is good resaerch to show that when someone senses that a name on a resume is from a minority, they are much less likely to interview that person.

    I blogged about that research here:

    It seems certain that this problem would be exacerbated in video.


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