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Applying for a job.

Posted by maybelaterlouis on 2009.11.22 at 12:58
Hey there. I'm Louis, male-identified, and sixteen. I've had this question on my mind since I last applied for a job (unsuccessfully). Although my parents don't try to sabotage my transition, they do not support me-- so I have not had a legal name change, and will be unable to get one until I'm eighteen. How do I bring this up to potential employers? On my last application, I put down my birth name with my male name in parentheses, then explained the situation in brief to the employer. Is this the best way to go about it, or would it be possible to put down my male name and only explain the situation if I get hired? Or should I only put down my birth name? Does it make a difference if the application states the company will not discriminate based on gender identity?


- Louis


ftmichael at 2009-11-22 18:10 (UTC) (Link)
I'd ask this in ftm and transgender as well; you'll get a lot more response there than here. :)
maybelaterlouis at 2009-11-25 16:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I think I'll do that. :]
makeyourself_52 at 2009-11-22 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
before I had my name changed legally I put my male name on the application, I was hired, but I was told that there was potential for trouble and I should have put my birth name, I'm not sure why or if everywhere has the same feelings, but I would go with it's better to put your birth name

I think it has something to do with fraud but I am not sure
maybelaterlouis at 2009-11-25 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
All right, thank you. I figured there might be situations when it could be interpreted as fraud, which is why I was uncertain about which name to put down.
ailbesfishermen at 2009-11-23 03:58 (UTC) (Link)
I think the way you went about it is appropriate. /Especially/ in the case of a place that states that they do not discriminate based on gender identity. For another place...I personally feel like if they're going to have a problem with it, you might as well find out during the application process, right?

Good luck!
maybelaterlouis at 2009-11-25 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
You're quite right, about finding out in the application process if they're going to discriminate. Thank you!
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