May. 21st, 2017

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I got an email reply from a job seeker to our "Your Best Skills" email:
Hello Dennis,

As a black woman in computer science and engineering, I am confused as to why my top job skill in the email you sent me was listed as "black". Please shed some light on this as it is being preceived as quite insensitive. See the attached picture for reference.

Quick investigation showed that her resume explicitly lists:
National Society of Black Engineers
Black women’s Association scholarship
Graduate Advisor for the UCR National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Chapter

So I replied:

You listed word "black" on your resume multiple times, so it was automatically added as your skill, since you put so much emphasis to it.

You are welcome to rearrange your skills here:

I already removed "black" skill from that list.

Does it help?

I considered removing word "black" from allowed skills list, but then remembered that there are such things as "black belt" (in management) and "black magic".

Besides, some job seekers may actually target jobs where they can reap benefits of affirmative action in big corporations.
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I was in Ohio and sat down with recovering heroin addicts. They told me the first step in fighting addiction is to detox, but the second is to get completely new friends. If you stay friends with the people you were using with -- or even with people who are using on their own -- you're almost guaranteed to relapse. It's tough when those people are your close friends and even tougher when they're your family, but building new relationships is the most important predictor of staying clean.
This isn't a matter of information. These recovering addicts all know heroin is bad for them and they know they shouldn't use it. But the people around you are a much stronger influence than information. So to move forward, we need to operate on the level of helping people build better relationships, not just getting them information.

Mark also mentioned "it might be just as important to also connect you with people you should know -- mentors and people outside your circle who care about you and can provide a new source of support and inspiration.".

I already do that: listen to podcasts of people I like to be somewhat similar with or read their blogs.


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