Many people list their full name at the top of a résumé, for example: John Paul Smith. While not required, there is certainly no problem with this. It looks professional. It makes your Mom proud. (My mom loves seeing my full name written out on important documents.)
But, what if you go by your middle name? If Mr. Smith actually goes by the name of Paul, presenting his name this way gives the impression you are a John. This is how you will be addressed on the telephone, in an email, and how you will be introduced in an interview. Why create the hassle? Consider John (Paul) Smith. Or my favorite, J. Paul Smith.
Similarly, what if Mr. Smith actually goes by Jack? Some think a nickname has no place on a résumé, but again, why create confusion? It’s not uncommon for someone in this situation to have reference letters or even awards or certificates in both names – sometimes John, sometimes Jack. Modifying a title to John Paul (Jack) Smith, or John (Jack) Smith can clear this up nicely.
Lastly, what about those tricky gender neutral name like Ashley, Alex or Ryan? Including the Mr. or Ms. prefix can avoid that awkward moment when an employer calls for Mr. Smith only to discover he’s a she.
By Natalie Joan
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