Post # 1
Hello to the wonderful hive… It is bad enough that I haven’t thought about resumes in over five years, but I’m stumped on how to inform potential employers…
My husband just got a great promotion that is going to move us to a different city in weeks (YIKES/YAY)… I have 10 years of experience at my current profession (9.5 years with my maiden name and only .5 years with my legal married name)
I guess that my biggest concern is that when the potential employer calls my previous employers/work related references they will identify me with my new married last name, and all of my old contacts will respond "who? no i’m sorry we never employed anyone by that name"
help hive, is there any standards here? If not what have some of you done to eliminate the potential confusion here?
Post # 3
I would put your name as First Name Old Last Name New Last Name even if that isn’t your legal name, past employers would recognize it. Maybe send an email to past employers and let them know you are moving and looking for a new job so it is possible that people will call and use your new last name. Hope that helped.
Post # 4
Most online application forms actually have a spot for "prior names used". On your resume I would put FirstName MarriedLastName nee (the second e with accent) SingleLastName.
Post # 5
Since you are not supposed to provide references until requested or during the first interview, this shouldn’t really be a problem. When you hand out your resume, put your name as "Jane Married Name" When references are requested, or during your first interview, you could tell your potential employer that when they are calling your previous employers, they should ask for your as "Jane Maiden Name", as that is what the employers will know you as. If you are not comfortable with employers knowing you are married, then I would agree with debyeb27’s advice.
P.S. – I work for a government funded job search facility and we always tell people NOT to include references with their resume when they first provide it to someone.
Post # 6
I work in HR, and usually, when someone is calling to verify employment they provide us with a release that has the applicants maiden name/previous last names- so there usually isn’t a problem recognizing former employees!
Post # 7
I agree with many of the previous posts. I would simply tell prospective employers to use your maiden name. Or, since you really should ask your previous employers for permission to use them as a reference anyways, this would be a good time to inform them that they may get calls about you under your married name.
Personally, I would probably use both last names on my resume just to avoid confusion and having to explain yourself at all.
Post # 8
I would vote to using both last names (Karianne MaidenName MarriedName). Even if this is not the name you legally took, that’s okay. It’s also okay to send out your resume with your maiden name. I am an engineer and a consultant, and I have a lot of girlfriends who legally changed their name, but use their maiden name professionally, and maintain that name on their professional licenses. Once you actually get the job, you can work out the details of what name should be on your payroll records and such.
Post # 9
Just went through the same relocation process myself, and it was my first job search with my new last name.
On my resume, I used my maiden name as my middle name. I believe most companies will not take the time to check references untilt hey are serious about a candidate, whcih usually means you’ve had an interview or two.
Once I received a job offer, I clearly communicated to them to use my maiden name during reference checking, and also let my references know it was coming. I didn’t have any issues once I covered all bases.