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Here’s why you didn’t get that job: your name

A job-seeker completes an application at a career job fair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S

What's in a name ... the entire direction of your career, according to new research Image: REUTERS/Mark Makela

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A woman holds her resume at TechFair LA, a technology job fair, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTSXKBN
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Bazileo Hernandez (R) talks to a recruiter at a hiring event hosted at a local hotel by the oilfield services company RockWater Energy Solutions in Williston, North Dakota January 22, 2015. After a week in Williston, Hernandez and his friends were still looking for steady work. Like so many before them, Terra Green, Jeff Williamson and Bazileo Hernandez came to North Dakota's oil country seeking a better life. They just came too late. Itinerant, unskilled workers could as recently as last spring show up in the No. 2 U.S. oil producing state and vie for salaries north of $100,000 per year with guaranteed housing. The steep drop in oil prices has changed that. After trying unsuccessfully for over a month to find work, the friends decided to leave Williston. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen   (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY) PICTURE 15 OF 28 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY 'IN PURSUIT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM'SEARCH 'CULLEN DREAM' FOR ALL IMAGES - RTR4U0XA
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