Your Name: 5 Reasons To Change It On Your Resume

Your Name: 5 Reasons To Change It On Your Resume.

Your Name: 5 Reasons To Change It On Your Resume

Image of Your Name: 5 Reasons To Change It On Your ResumeAccording to new research in the “European Journal of Social Psychology,” using middle initials can make you seem smarter to people.  In fact, adding more initials continues to boost the perception that you are smarter.   How you present yourself on your resume starts with your name.   Are initials the way to go?  Or should you use a first initial or spell out your entire name?   In the past, first/middle/last name was the formula to follow.  Today, there are many more options:

1.  If you go by a shortened version of your name (Jon/Jonathan, Bob/Robert) use that on your resume.

2.  If you have a common, John Doe, type of name, add your initial or your whole middle name.

3.  If you prefer to use your middle name, go with  J. Victoria Smith.

4.  Junior, III etc. can seem pompous to some hiring managers, so drop them from your resume.

5.  It’s perfectly acceptable to shorten a hard to say name, to use initials or to add a nickname in quotes.

Your resume is your marketing piece.  It should reflect who you are.  When filling out a job application form, use your formal names and suffixes.  Otherwise, be your name!