A good name is more important than GOLD. What does your name have to do with you getting a job ? A whole lot. You really don’t have to abandon your name all the same. Our focus here is that your name should be simple. There are times you may have even changed your name just to suit a purpose. That is absolutely fine. Most people feel they would have changed their names if they had the chance or go on about literally hating their parents for such names. You really don’t have to.
FEELINGS – Human Resource or Hiring Manager may just put feelings and say “Oh I like that name and boom you have the job”. Now I do not have statistics to back this notion. We can do a poll and see how many people got employed because of simple things such as their names. Such names are rare and you will NEVER come across them for life. Some are popular too. It may just strike a cord with the HR or HM. Examples – Sijibomi, Peninah, Adele (Only became popular because of the pop star).
FACTS – Keep your names simple. Why ? A whole lot of things go into choosing you as a candidate.
- How will your colleagues address you ?
- How will clients address you ?
- Will they be able to pronounce the name ?
All these are been done to make you feel comfortable at work. If you are conversant with application websites, you will notice that they usually ask for “Preferred Name”. Once HR calls you, they will most likely address you by that name. We all feel appreciated when you hear someone call you by your name.
Below are examples of how to keep it simple :
Uzoamaka – Uzo or Amaka
Mogbaireoluwa – Ire
Abdul-Mumuni – Abdul
Another reason to keep it simple is space. Conserve the space on your resume. You do not need to put those three names at the same time on your CV. Imagine how long those three names are and why you want to put it there. Is it required ? Most times NO. Who wouldn’t prefer “Tosin Oladapo” to “Oluwatosin Bernice-Maria Oladapo” or “Amaka Okoro” to “Chiamaka Aqua-Marie Okoronkwo”.
Your resume is a gateway. Once employed, you will be required to fill out paper works, then you will most probably need to put in your full names. But before then, keep it simple.
REQUIREMENTS – Your full names are required when employed – to update company database, file your taxes, complete CPE courses, open required bank account. These are just few places your legal names are required. The reasons are quite obvious in each case.
NEVER TRY THIS – Never use nick names on your resumes.NEVER. No one will even take a look at your qualifications if they come across it. By nicknames, I mean these tags – “SlayXXX”, “MoneyXXX” “Mhiz” “LitXXX” “StarBoyXXX” “WhizXXX” or use symbols instead of a letter “$u$an”; or titles such as “Chief” “King/Queen/Prince/Princess – [Except they are your legal names] . Those algorithms can run numerous scripts that will first sieve out these resumes.
You should be aware we are in the age of technology. Algorithms can be programmed to run numerous scripts to filter out the unwanted resumes.
NOTES – All names mentioned here ARE not real people . Names are only cited as examples.