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So many church members have told me that I'm lucky that I can hide my Mormon-ness on my resume. In fact, the only "church cred" I have is my temple recommend. No mission, no sealing, and, most visibly, no BYU.

I turned down a full scholarship at BYU to attend SAIS. Nonetheless, I maintain some tenuous links to BYU, even though I went to "Satan's University" (UC Berkeley) rather than "The Lord's University". I'm on the rolls, so to speak, for the BYU International Society, the BYU Management Society, the BYU Political Affairs Society, and I've donated to Women's Research Institute. I still keep in touch with some BYU profs who work on Morocco, Arabic, and Islam.

In the end, though, I'm glad I'm a Bear instead of a Cougar.
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On June 11th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC), seegrim commented:
Heh.

It's good to hide Mormon-ness? It affects hiring? Really? Is this just me being naive? Hrm...
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On June 11th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Maybe DC is exceptional in that people are super-conscious of where they went to school + there are a lot of Mo's here compared to other cities on the East Coast. I've heard a lot of stories about illegal questions provoked by seeing BYU on the resume. For this job I had BYU WRI on my resume down at the bottom under "affiliations" and the woman who interviewed me (now my boss) asked me what my association was...I think she was just surprised and curious.
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On June 11th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC), seegrim replied:
I've heard a lot of stories about illegal questions provoked by seeing BYU on the resume.

*nods* I can believe that.

p.s. I think you picked the right school. :)
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On June 11th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I wonder how my life would've been different had I joined the Church at Cal. I lived right near the institute and had several Mo friends. I probably would've served a mission.
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On June 11th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC), seegrim replied:
You'd have made a great one.

I considered it, and then met my husband shortly after. So... didn't happen. Someday, perhaps.
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On June 11th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
At least you guys can serve together at some point!
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On June 11th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC), seegrim replied:
That's the plan. :)
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On June 11th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
I always feel a little weird when filling out those job apps that ask for your high school (seriously, HR depts need to quit doing that, no one gives a damn where I went to elementary school when I'm filling out an app for a senior engineering position!). There's no way to not sound like a Catholic (which, of course, I'm not) with names like "Holy Innocents Elementary School" and "Saint Joseph High School" on your resume.

I've often wondered if asking about my pre-college education violated the rule about non-discrimination based on religion. These days, I just leave that section blank, but it's more out of annoyance than any desire to hide where I come from.
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On June 11th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
We should ask our former classmates who went to places like LMU or St. Mary's if people have commented on their religion during interviews!
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On June 11th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC), ext_172444 commented:
I don't think my BYU or mission have caused any concern to potential hirers, but maybe my line of work is different that way. The resume item that always gets the most interest is Peace Corps. Maybe it balances things out for people.
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