Post # 1
I married an immigrant. My new last name thus far has had exactly everybody stumped on pronunciation when they see it on paper.
I’ve read that applicants with hard-to-pronounce names are far less likely to get call backs from potential employers and being the worry wart that I am, this makes me extremely anxious.
I know it’s ok to shorten a first name but a last name? I want to cut off the last half so people don’t trip over it but I’m afraid they’ll think I’m being deceitful or look down on me if I explain my full last name during an interview.
What do I do? Can I use my maiden name? Should I just suck it up and go with my full last name?
Post # 3
@harleyq: When you sign contracts etc you must use your correct name but I have known people here to use shortened versions of their names, and use maiden names.
Post # 4
I’ve never let a first or last name deter me from considering an applicant.
I wouldn’t think poorly of you if your legal name was a longer version of the name presented on the resume, but you need to make sure that you’re forthcoming with your full name at the earliest opportunity.
Post # 5
It depends on the job. I work for the US government and will take FI’s name legally, but use my maiden name professionally. I will put my full name on job applications (first maiden last), go solely by maiden at work, except for signing contractual documents and for HR records.
A girl at work does this and it only causes problems for the admins. What I would do is use the name you go under on your resume and cover letter and your legal name on the application.
Finally, if you go by your full last name, don’t change it to try to get a job. I’ve helped hire quite a few people and not being able to pronounce a name has never factored into a person getting the job– just how many pronunciation lessons we get from our boss so we don’t screw up.;)
Post # 6
Don’t most jobs do background checks and such? I think it might look a little shady if your name doesn’t match.
Post # 7
@Ellegee: That might be true for you, but many HR people will throw out applications with names on them that look/sound foreign, black, anything not white, etc etc.
Post # 8
@harleyq: I would shorten it and I wouldn’t “explain” until I was hired and filling out the real application/visa verification.
Post # 9
@peachacid: Sure, but most human resources and recruiting professionals (I’m a corporate recruiter for a Fortune 500 global company) are more focused on finding the right candidate for the role rather than finding a white one.
Post # 10
i work in recruitment. it’s very common to see Aisian people use the name ‘Ken’ or ‘David’ as opposed to their own, to make it easier for Western people.
There is nothing wrong with shortening a last name on a CV.
Also, when I put names on my databse, it’s REALLY annoying to figure out which is the first name/middle name/surname. So my advice is to make it easy 🙂