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Studies Show Religious References on Resume Hurt Chances of Employment

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by Meredith Somers, The Washington Times

Wanted: Hard-working individual with job experience, demonstrated leadership and a minimum of two references — those with faith need not apply.

Most of the country might consider itself religious, but according to two recently released studies, admitting one’s faith on a resume can cut the chances for a callback by more than 25 percent.

Scholars with the “Religious Affiliation and Hiring Discrimination” field experiments, conducted in the South and New England, found that “applicants who expressed a religious identity were 26 percent less likely to receive a response from employers.”

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