Change name: how do I put it on my CV/resume?

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Christine asks: I’m changing my name: how do I put it on my resume/CV? I am changing my name from my married name back to my maiden name. However, as I work in the academic and research world, I have four publications listed under my married name.

I am currently applying to academic positions, where the publications will matter very much to my likelihood of securing an interview.

My current solution is to put my legal name at the top of my CV (contact info), drop one line and place in brackets (formerly married name), but is there a better, more accepted solution to this problem?

I am also thinking that as I move further on into my life, the more I would like to forget about my formerly known as persona. So, if I want to claim those publications, does I have to be (formerly XX) forever?

Thanks for your help

In Answer:
There are lots of ways of addressing this, but keep the reader in mind, and I think this gets much clearer.

Issue number one on any CV/resume – what is your name? Your name is X (maiden name), so use that as the point of writing the CV/resume. I have seen too many people use various names and ways of addressing past relationships, that when it came to interview stage the first question for the interviewers was “and what is your name?” That’s actually a pretty bad exclusion sign, and could result in reduced interviews. So just for the reader, refer to yourself as X all the way through the CV/resume

Addressing the publications, when they are referenced use the name under which they were published, and add a note saying “published under married name of Y.” As divorce is an accepted part of life these days, that will not be a major concern to most employers, and makes verification much easier. The only issue it could raise is with HR, who will want to be assured that all is stable, but that sounds like a given in your case

The only way to remove the “formerly know as” problem is to have the published documents reissued under your maiden name. Personally, unless the breakdown or the reasons for it involved some form of national level misdemeanour or media coverage, I would leave them as is. If you get married again, then you could choose to have them changed to that name, and hence the issue of “what name” repeats. Accept the previous choice, and move on – like it sounds you have, very much for the better.

Good Luck!

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