So i'm going to be getting a job, I need help with one thing, am I allowed to use my preferred name on a job application or legal name (also how do I make it so the managers or the people working there call me and know me by my preferred name?)


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Cookie Roma Profile
Cookie Roma answered

On your employment paperwork you use your legal name.  Then you can tell people at work the name by which you prefer to be addressed. 

Cindy  Lou Profile
Cindy Lou answered

It's a legal requirement you put your legal name on your paperwork. However, I have seen it done this way:

James Alan ("goes by" Keith) Smith

You have to put the words "goes by" in quotes. You have to write it exactly like I have it with the parenthesis too.

But it's better in the end to do it like the other answers say. It's much more professional. Sometimes, the paper work will already have a "goes by" already in place to write that choice of "goes by name".

HappyTo BeHereTo Profile

Good for you! I always wrote my legal name on the forms.

First Name:  HappyTwo  Last Name:  BeHereTwo

If a place for your preferred name isn't provided, you can write it parenthetically.

First Name:  HappyTwo (Happy)  Last Name:  BeHereTwo

or just verbally introduce yourself that way. 

Good luck!!!

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christopher teajpeg
thanks for the advice
Jann Nikka
Jann Nikka commented
HappyTo BeHereTo
HappyTo BeHereTo commented
You're welcome, Christopher/Chris/NewBlurtitBuddy.

I've hired many applicants. Since interview conversations go beyond the original written application, you'll be able to address one another in a way that makes you both most comfortable.

I hope you'll stick around and enjoy our site!
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Jann Nikka answered

I always followed Happy's advice.

And as I introduce myself.  First and last name. If its ok people call me _______. Thank you.

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