Post # 1
Hey everyone, I just got married this past May 2013. I have not changed my name but do plan to. I had always thought when I was growing up that I would change my name when I got married but once the moment finally got here, I didn’t feel ready so that’s why I haven’t yet. Well my husband and I recently moved, so I will need to go to the DMV to update my address and figured that I would change my name when I do that also. My question though is I’m about to send out my resume and cover letter to a prospective employer, so should I put my maiden name or married name on it? I am still not sure of when I will be going to change my name and address.
Post # 3
I’d keep your maiden name on resumes until you officially change it. That’s an easy fix should you get a job but if you end up not changing your name then it’s kind of weird.
Post # 4
@cora_123: I agree. My boss told me to keep my name as it is right now and then i have to bring her my new social security card when i have changed it so she can update my payroll information and also my tax information as well.
Post # 5
i am in the process of chaning my name right now.
you will have to go to the SSA office and change your name there before you can go to DMV.
go to bridekit.com
it’s a great site for chaning your name. print off the checklist.
ETA: if you are not ready to change your name on your license and still want to think about it. instead of paying twice. go online and print out a change of address card. it is free. you just keep the paper in your wallet with your license. (at least in my state we can do that.)
Post # 6
@cora_123 @till4186 Awesome! Thanks for the advice, ladies!
Post # 7
First, congratulations on the marriage!
Second, before you update your resume and cover letter, you must decide IF you want to change your name. If you decide to change your name, I would suggest putting your married name on both the resume and cover letter. The name change process is relatively simple (just go to the Social Security office and DMV with proper paperwork). However, in my case I decided to change my maiden name to my middle name and take my husbands last name as my new last name, which for some reason made the name change process very complex. It should not have been, but it was. It took about a month to figure it all out. So, to finally answer your question, if you decide to take your husbands last name (and drop your maiden name altogether), then I would suggest updating all of your job stuff with your married last name. Hope this helps. 🙂
Post # 8
Update your resume/cover letter with your new name. It’d make it easier, I assume.