REPORT: Employers More Likely To Pass On Resumes With ‘They/Them’ Pronouns

  • Employers are more likely to skip over resumés that include the nonbinary “they/them” pronouns, according to’s latest report which sent “phantom resumes” out to a number of potential employers. 
  • “Both featured a gender-ambiguous name, ‘Taylor Williams.’ The only difference between the test and control resumes was the presence of gender pronouns on the test version,” industry research director Ryan McGonagill said in the report. “The test resume included ‘they/them’ pronouns under the name in the header.”
  • Both “phantom” resumés were college graduates “with qualifications matching the entry-level jobs they applied for.”However, the report determined that the resumés with “they/them” pronouns “received eight percent less employer interest than the control resumes without pronouns.”
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