Post # 1
I am going to apply for an academic job in March 2015 that I wouldn’t start until October 2015. Due to the semi-government nature, it will be a huge hassle to change my name in their system after I start the job (all of my clearances, registrations, etc will be in the name with which I apply for the job). I am planning to get married in June 2015 and changing my last name to FI’s. I’ve looked online and can’t seem to find a good solution to this.
I could either apply with my future name (on my resume and cover letter and everything), but it will be confusing for them if they try to check any records in the system. Or I guess we could do like a civil ceremony in March, legally change my name on all my documents, then apply for the job but not use my new name socially until our wedding celebration. I’m just not sure how our families will feel about this – I guess we could just not tell them, except FI’s uncle is planning to officiate. Any ideas?
Post # 2
It’s not that big a deal to change your name after you get your clearance. A ton of people have clearances and get married and change their name. The name change was completely transparent to me in terms of work. In fact, I didn’t even bother to tell them since I just never made my way down to the secuirty office and they called me and asked if I had gotten married and changed my name. Apparently they’re more on top of it than you may think when it comes to security clearance.
Post # 3
pinkshoes: Thanks for the comment. There is also a slightly complicated part of this which is that my maiden name (first and last) are ethnic names that are known to receive negative bias in my professional field. I think applying with my FI’s last name (with my ethnic first name) will actually help me get this job. It sucks but that’s the way the world works. I gotta put food on the table.
Post # 4
I lost my job and started a new one 4 months before I got married. Now I didn’t have any government clearances or anything.
It was a big pain and everyone got confused and I still to this day (over 1 year later) have trouble with it. (For instance my computer’s directory is still K.MaidenName even though it displays K.MarriedName because when I asked IT to change it, they decided to just superficially change it, but now they get confused everytime. ugh.) However – many women go through this all the time and it all works out and no one gets hurt. You just have to spend a longer time on the phone with IT than you should.
My sister on the other hand did the civil ceremony thing. She had all her work papers in order and her work life was less stressful this way, but she got a lot of back-talk from family about how it isn’t a “real wedding” etc. So the wedding became a source of stress instead even though she did try to keep it secret. Personally I’d rather keep all my stress at work. lol.
Post # 5
Can you change your name now in the same wayvthat someone not getting married would change their name of they wanted to?
Post # 6
cpick: That would solve everything!
Post # 7
xtals: If the reaction is really that bad, I think having the ethic first name is still enough to invoke a negative reaction. My parents gave me an American first name, but my last name was very Asian and I don’t think it has had any impact on jobs I could get. I work for a defense contractor and there are plenty of people of different nationalities. I would think that once you get your foot in the door and speak to people, you become more than just a name on a piece of paper to them.
Post # 8
I am a government employee and have a clearance. I changed my name. It’s a bit of a hassle, but you just have to follow procedure. It took me about a month or so to get everything squared away at my agency.