(Closed) Can I shorten my last name on job apps?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1066 posts
Bumble bee

@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
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
8684 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@harleyq:  I would shorten it and I wouldn’t “explain” until I was hired and filling out the real application/visa verification.

Post # 9
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@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
855 posts
Busy bee

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 🙂

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