Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the impact of your name on a resume.

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hi!! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter.. I'm referred to as The Big Game Hunter
because I have been hunting down leaders and staff for organizations for more than 40
years. We all know bias exists in the workplace and thus bias exists in hiring.
An article I reread . . . I just stumbled across it a couple of minutes ago is a good
reminder of that. It's the example of a man named Jose Zamora who wasn't getting
interviews, wasn't getting offers, and he decided to change his first name from
Jose to Joe. Joe Zamora. Same resume. Gets interviews. Gets a job. Hmm. What do you
make of that? I know what I make of it because when we named our son, we adopted
him from Kazakhstan in Central Asia. He already had a name and we thought of
keeping that as his first name but I paused for a second. I said, "No. Let's
reverse it," because we already had another second name picked out for him.
We made that his first name and his original given name, his middle name. Why?
Because , as I said, people will have a bias against someone named Tayir (Tayir is
his middle name that was his given name) but with his first name which Jack? Very
simple. He won't run into that sort of issue. It'll be his choice as to whether
or not he uses his middle name or not when he talks to people. But we
didn't want to straddle him with a name that would inflict bias. Another
thing you can do . . . and this is an interesting one in terms of its impact
on a reader of a resume . . . and that is the use of a middle initial. Now in academic
studies, it's very common to see that the person who's done the study, the
professor, the author, uses a middle initial. There's a subliminal message
involved that demonstrates intelligence by the use of a middle initial.
If that's a value in the kind of work that you do, start using your middle
initial when you correspond with people.. And when you develop your resume, if that
isn't an issue, as in my profession where friendliness is more important, I don't
even use my full first name which is "Jeffrey." I instead use Jeff. Jeff Altman,
because that suggests a friendlier approach than Jeffrey Altman which is
more formal. So, think about it for yourself. I know many people from
different countries have modified their first name and Americanized it,
recognizing the difficulty in pronunciation and the impact on getting
work and quality work from using that foreign first name. Again, consider it for
yourself. Make your own decision. I'm agreeing with you. Having a foreign name
in the US. can have an adverse impact on employment opportunities and your
advancement later on. And it is your choice. This is Jeff Altman. Hope you found
this video helpful. If you did and you're watching on YouTube, share it. Leave a
comment. Click the like button. Do something that lets people know that it was
worthwhile. Then come over to my website which is and go
exploring. I've got a ton of great content at the website. Plus you can also get
copies of my books and guides to job hunting and pay what you want for them
there (discontinued). A lot of stuff there. Videos, podcasts, a complimentary subscription to
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and go exploring. A few more things. First of all, if the firm's trying
to hire someone, send me an email at the address below (discontinued) let me know who to contact
and whether I should mention your name.. I'd love to help your firm staff positions.
If , send me a connection we're not already connected on LinkedIn, send me a connection request at I accept connection requests
from people worldwide except if you are a third party recruiter or in a country
known for scams or spam. Finally for today, many people want me to
look at their resume and I'm happy to do it but I also you know I'd like to get
paid for my time I set a nominal fee a nominal fee of $225. You can order that
at my website. You'll see a tab at the top refers to a resume critique. It
explains what to do to place the order there. Send me an email with the
resume. I'm happy to critique your resume. it's Jeff Altman. Hope you have a great
day. Take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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