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Should I include my ethnicity in my cover letter?

I am applying to school counseling jobs and feel that my ethnicity would be advantageous in helping to connect with many of the students and parents since the school has a large population of students who are of the same ethnicity as myself. Should I somehow include this in my cover letter?

Asked By: nsobhan5 - 7/20/2010
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If you feel that it adds to your job skills, yes. Just remember to not over emphasize it. You don't want the make the 'strong latina woman' type of statement. You can say something like... More
Answered By: niccjohn - 7/20/2010
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No. Never... More
Answered By: RetiredDebtFree - 7/20/2010
 
'Hi, I'm Black, there's lots of Black Kids in this school, they don't respond well to White people, so I'm good for the job... More
Answered By: Shanali Bokhari - 7/20/2010
 
The main importance would be your social and networking skills and the ability to connect between children, parents and counselors. People recognize character and that you can bridge all of them together no matter your race. Leave the race off your cover letter.
Answered By: Larry L - 7/20/2010
 
I don't think you should, because ethnicity is always a touchy subject. However, that is not to say that if you speak fluent foreign languages that you can't mention that. In fact, you should point that out. Your cover letter should point out your skills; ethnicity isn't a skill. I think it is a good idea to not... More
Answered By: J.J. - 7/20/2010
 
NO, NO, NO, and NO. Do not put your ethnicity in your cover letter. However, you can tweak things to your advantage by highlighting your experience with the same demographics that the school has a large population of. However, I think the most important thing to emphasize is your skills because that is what should be... More
Answered By: redhead - 7/20/2010
 
Normally, I would say no. But if your ethnicity is a plus to this position then yes I would include it. Sometimes life experiences weigh so much more than just skills in gaining a position. Just make sure that when you include it you show how your ethnicity is a plus to the position...are you a role model in your... More
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Answered By: djcooper - 7/20/2010
 
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