Does being constantly complimented when it comes to your ability to speak clearly and concisely without any trace of Ebonics give you that much needed boost to conquer a world dominated by money, power and politics? Nothing against having any sort of ethnic kick laced in your accent, but I have observed that the “Proper English” lingo seems to get the doors swinging wide open depending on where you want to end up.

In a country that is now rife with economic woes, a lot of people are trying to come up with innovative ways to market themselves in order to secure their future. Some are also wondering if their complete package fits the environment they are trying to assimilate into. Its hard not to wonder what your chances would be if your name was Shaniqua and you had a habit of misusing your past tense and present tense. Unfortunately it has been proven time and again that employers tend to be skeptical when they come across a name on a resume that doesn’t evoke the same feeling as Sarah, Katie, Steve or William. There is also the issue of the interview, and whether you come across as someone that hails from the “right” side of the tracks.

As insulting as these insinuations may sound, they are not as far fetched as they may seem. Corporate America specializes in compartmentalization and if you are even remotely ambitious, you must wonder where you fit in.

What part of the job sector do you think you belong? Are you as flexible as you think?

You never want to change who you are for the sake of society, but improving yourself so that you end up more marketable wouldn’t be such a bad idea either.

Pick up a copy of Do What Are You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the secrets of Personality Type ($10.98). You could direct yourself on the right path overnight.

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  • @African Mami – The only ethnocentric country in East Africa. Not hard to tell if you know the region well. #NoNames

    • African Mami

      According to your original post about accents and their effect on employment prospects in #no name country, all you said is not only an exaggeration but a lie.

      It is quite unfortunate that #no name country’s capital has a huge populace of young people who are entrapped in a wanna be phase of all things Western, especially American. They do say that imitation is the best form of flattery, but it is quite another to suggest that a Euro-American sounding accent will take you places. Where they do that at?! Especially NOT in the motherland.

      Having the so-called “American accent” is not a privilege that will open doors for you. The way it works in #no name country is: who you know not how you speak. Guess what, a “village” sounding person can get a Cabinet position over someone with an accent-so let’s just keep it 100%

      Another falsity in your claim is parents opting to give their kids more Eurocentric sounding names. #no name country still holds strong to its cultural values, naming being one of them.

      Ethnocentrism in #no name country is at an all time high, but it has no way influenced people’s decision in naming their children. If anything people are more keen to highlight their tribal roots!

      #Occupy no accents to get a job!

  • @Africa Mami – I don’t think you read my original comment well. You should have seen this “n my country, the same happens but it’s mostly for names not necessarily accent” – This Article talked about Names and Accents in regards to employment in an American context which I have read about before. Did I in that comment talked about eurocentric accents being a privilege to employment in my country? Nope. I talked about Names and how your name might influence your employment prospects, this being an ethnocentric society where some ethnic tribes enjoy more privileges than others and systems put in place to combat that such as ethnic and regional balance are as skewed as people who craft them. True we are keen to highlight tribal roots, but remember I’m talking for/about my generation. 20-35 somethings, who were born and raised in the city. Some don’t even know where their rural homes are, neither do they even understand their mother-tongue. The only thing connecting them to a certain tribe is probably their second name. But to assert that we still hold strong to our cultural values, naming being one of them is ridiculous. Let me put it out, We don’t hold to nothing, at least a greater % of this City’s populace don’t. Check out this article http://diasporadical.com/2011/10/31/regional-balancing-and-the-bastardisation-of-kenyas-constitution/

    • African Mami

      @ African,

      Trust, we’ll never see eye to eye on this subject matter. But what we can at least sit down to and hash out is that it’s a doggone shame that our generation is completely LOST!

      Schemed over the blog link you sent. Looks good, will have to look at it with more introspect and intellect. Right now the zzzzzzzzzzzzz’s have me reading hfldldfioedfkedfjdeoi

      Peace and Blessings bro!