asking here for advice - it looks like I'm getting fired because the company needs an American face, and I happen to be an immigrant from Ukraine with an accent.
Not sure what to make up out if it.
A little bit of a back story:
Last year I've graduated from ASU with the masters degree in journalism. I moved the US because of my husband and I'm a permanent resident here.
After the graduation, that by coincidence happened with the second wave of Covid, I was doing a little bit freelancing in marketing here and there and tried to get a job. Worker part-time for a small startup until in March 2021 I was invited for an interview.
Long story short - I've been enjoined by the company for almost 5 month now. The team was awesome, we all work remotely, my boss was particularly great and supportive. What I was doing didn't go as expected, so we kept experimenting in order to hit our numbers. I did my best, but still feel like the management was disappointed.
Long story short - the change in management lead to my boss getting fired. The reason - the numbers are not there and the company wants someone who is American (the company is from Romania, and he lives in Germany, but Pakistani) and knows American market the most.
I'm getting fired next - the new management feels like I'm not a good face for the company for the activities - webinars, events, podcasts etc because of my accent.
They said everyone in the space (e-commerce) has a representative who speaks American English, so its basically a standard. I'm really decent in public speaking, and my English is very-very good, but yes, my first and last name are Ukrainian also.
Question - how much the accent matters? personally for you - do you pay attention to it when listening to podcasts/ watching YouTube videos?
I can't stop wondering if I a person with American English would be always favored and I just have no chance to compete in this job environment?
thank you all