If giving your name to a new acquaintance results in a look of confusion, or you struggle with the names of new contacts or co-workers, you won't be surprised that research shows people have more positive reactions to names that are easier to pronounce. Whether your own name is difficult for people to pronounce or not, the best advice for all of us is probably to keep this silly but reflexive bias in mind and not let it affect our impressions of others. One simple way to lessen the impact: Work to learn how to pronounce names that give you trouble, something we've discussed learning via HearNames. Many people adopt a short, easy nickname for business introductions, including resumes and business cards.
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A Black HR professional went online to warn job candidates that they should be whitening up their resumes by deleting references to their race, and research has proven the strategy pays off. Hood names on resumes. Listen, are we judging you, yes we are. Others tweeted that they felt the information was helpful. You have to get your foot in the door to spark real change not just be angry and scream injustice from outside the door.
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When you are applying for jobs, it's important to give your resume a title that makes it clear that the resume is yours, not just that of any random candidate. It is particularly important when you send employers your resume and cover letter as attachments either via email or through an online job application system. When the employer opens your document, he or she will see what you have named your document. You, therefore, want the title to be professional, and to state who you are clearly.
If you have one of those names that people are always struggling to pronounce, we have some bad news for you. A new paper ungated version here by Simon M. Laham , Peter Koval , and Adam L. Alter finds that an easy name may confer advantages.