Growing up, I hated my first name because it was so different. I did everything I could to fit in and make situations "easier" for the people I was around. I'd mimic their speech patterns, stay away from any topics they wouldn't want to talk about, and generally act in a way that I thought was familiar to them.
But it still didn't change the fact that my name's Mustafa.
Sure I might have the voice of a North Jersey gym bro, and, depending on the time of year and the amount of facial hair I have you'd think I was either Italian or Israeli or Turkish or Portuguese. In fact, the last thing I look like is Eastern European or Albanian.
Which is probably why whenever I walked into a job interview, people were always a little perplexed when they saw me walk into a room after looking at my resume. Some would ask me straight up why I wasn't brown, or others saw my "Italian-sounding" last name and were confused.
Because I always felt like I was trying to fit in and make an impression on people to make up for the fact that I was always looked at like some kind of albino alligator, I'd come up with ways to try and creatively get the attention of potential employers. Similar to what Anastasia Glover did with her "rap" cover letter on her job applications.
The 21-year-old college grad is looking to be gainfully employed, so she decided that, in an attempt to stand out from the pack, sent emails with the subject line "Gimme a job innit." The cover letter was a grime-style rap that quickly made the rounds on LinkedIn - it's currently been shared over 100,000 times on the employment-focused social network.
The film student said that she received an "immediate response" after sending the rap out and hopes to go "onwards and upwards". You can check out the rap below:
While Glover was getting praised from industry professionals and commenters online for her creative use of a cover letter to grab a potential employer's attention, others are saying that her job application is a workforce double standard.
People are pointing out that if Glover had a name that was "ethnic" sounding that her grime-rap stunt wouldn't have been looked at with such delight and glee.
People are also saying because she's white, the inventiveness was "novel" and something that could be appreciated, but if she was brown-skinned, they weren't so sure the bold application strategy would have the same effect.
Others mentioned the history of how Grime was received in England, and how the response to a white person using it is completely different.
Some people shared their own job application stories and how much an ethnic-sounding name hurt their chances.
Anastasia chimed in on the discussion and says that her story has been misrepresented by the BBC.
She says that the recruiter had no idea she was white, or female, or anything about her ethnicity.
In her post, Glover says that she's aware of double standards in the workplace and the effects of racial disparity, and that she's unhappy that some people would jump to conclusions and accuse her of cultural appropriation or making assumptions about her character, simply because a rap she wrote grabbed the attention of a job recruiter on LinkedIn.
Something that other commenters echoed after Glover's story went viral.
For other Twitter users, they were just sad she couldn't have come up with a better rap.
What do you think? Was Glover's cover letter unprofessional? Or was it a good idea? Or was it a good idea ruined by trash bars?
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