I have an unusual name. My name, pronounced Ben-AY, is French. There’s an accent mark on the second e that most people never see and most people can’t find on a keyboard (the trick is ALT or CTL 130). But unless you speak French or took lessons, you will most likely pronounce my name as Bennett or Be-NET. And if we’ve never met, you may think I am a man.
I say all this to say that if you have an unusual name, make it easier for folks to connect with you for a job. As some one who has read hundreds of resumes and hired my fair share of people, I won’t push aside someone who may have an unusual or difficult name. But I know those who will, because they don’t want to be embarrassed trying to figure it out, and it’s also a quick way to whittle down a stack of resumes.
So if you have an unusual name, consider using your initials on a resume, or put a guide under your name on how to pronounce it. Don’t give people an excuse to push your resume aside.
Please feel free to send your career and work questions to me at auntbenet AT gmail DOT com.