The Eternal Question

Whenever I tell anyone where I come from, the following question that comes to their mind has to be: “How come you are not wearing Abaya?”

That’s when my newly-automated reply comes…I have explained the reason so many times to various people from all walks of  life that I now don’t even think about what I’m saying and the words flow naturally from my mouth.
I’ve had friends tell me that my nationality could be a negative point on my CV. Simply because employers will imagine a completely covered lady when they read the line that specifies my nationality. This doesn’t score points in a city where physical appearance and good looks are prerequisites for any interview call.  Even the guy working at the copy center where I went to print my CV wasn’t impressed by it! Everyone knows that a personal photo is a must for any CV to be considered in this town.

As a follow-up to my friends’ comments regarding my nationality, and after wondering how many times my resume has been discarded because of where I came from, I decided to add a profile picture of myself that proves to potential employers and anyone who views my CV, that I look normal…just like other applicants…and that I don’t cover my hair or face or any other part of my profile!
Unsurprisingly though, that step did not help in attracting more calls or interviews my way. Therefore, I later on decided to remove the line that states my nationality. To leave it open for speculation…I could be from any country, and this way, I will guarantee that I won’t be judged based on my roots. Or unselected because I don’t belong to the nationality group that was set for the role.

I now have a simple, one-page CV that I forward to employers. My nationality is not specified. My photo is not attached. And I don’t care…Why? because I want to be selected and contacted for my qualifications and skills. Not for my looks or origins.

That’s my opinion and I’m holding on to it….at least for now.

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Nada Al Ghowainim

I am a 30-something Dubai-based Saudi female lifestyle blogger and writer. I am on an endless journey of self-discovery and self-development. Learn More About Me

47 thoughts on “The Eternal Question”

  1. In fact hun if i were in your place i would have a great pride that i caqrry such a nationality because it makes me really special and not like any other. i know its not easy and yes some comments can drag you down but be sure you are like no other 🙂

    1. I totally agree with you H! In fact, I’ve come to know the uniqueness and value of my nationality more in the recent past….Especially where I am now.

  2. I had the same issue dear, but even I added my pic, I was hired by a wrong person and u know the story , though the hard regulation of Dubai there is no rule to stop them from discrimation!!!!

    1. Sarah! You are absolutely right! They can simply keep doing it because there is no rule against discrimination. I love how we always have similar issues to discuss 🙂

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