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Is it clear on your resume – Are you a man or woman?

are you a man or woman - is it clear on your resumeHow to Project Your Gender When Writing Your Name

There are a few different techniques you can use when writing your name. Non-gender specific names such as Robin, Pat, Sandy, Chris, Francis, and Gerry may confuse the employer as to your gender.

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Use this to your advantage:

If you’re a woman named Patricia Long and you’re applying for a position that is typically dominated by men, you might consider shorting up the name on your resume to Pat Long.

This will keep your employer in the dark about your gender until they contact you, at which time you’ll be in a better position to sell yourself as a well qualified candidate.

Now on the other hand, if you’re a male named Chris Jablonski, and you don’t want any potential employers to confuse you with being female, you might consider writing your name as Christopher Jablonski at the top of your resume.

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Alternatively, if you’re a woman named Sandy Parker and you don’t want potential employers confusing you for a man, you might write your name as Sandra Parker.

If you’re a man named Francis Capetti and you don’t want potential employers confusing you for a woman, you might use your middle name as such: Francis Albert Capetti.

There is no right or wrong way to writing your name on your resume, just be certain you are aware of the hidden signals your name may convey to a potential employer.

I would suggest only using Mr. or Mrs. if you have a very non-American name where your gender could be indistinguishable by employers, unless of course you do not wish to convey your gender.

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