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I am considering sending my CV around to various agencies to find a new job. While knowing that there are certain risks involved in that process, such being handed a dodgy agency consultant who sends you CV everywhere without your permission and such, I thought of a way to get around that – what if I change name on my CV, so I am “Theroz von Ef” for instance?

Maybe this is one of my dumber ideas, but that’s okay, I do stupid things on a regular basis, that wouldn’t surprise me too much – all I want to know is; does anyone know if I would breaking some funny law or so by doing this? To clarify, I would obviously not change the name of any of the official records, I am sure that would be forgery, just the CV that gets sent to agencies.

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People of the people,

I am considering sending my CV around to various agencies to find a new job. While knowing that there are certain risks involved in that process, such being handed a dodgy agency consultant who sends you CV everywhere without your permission and such, I thought of a way to get around that – what if I change name on my CV, so I am “Theroz von Ef” for instance?

Maybe this is one of my dumber ideas, but that’s okay, I do stupid things on a regular basis, that wouldn’t surprise me too much – all I want to know is; does anyone know if I would breaking some funny law or so by doing this? To clarify, I would obviously not change the name of any of the official records, I am sure that would be forgery, just the CV that gets sent to agencies.

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And then your CV gets sent on to a potential employer who then finds out you are not that person with that name. I´d immediately bin that application.
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Let us know when you find work!
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And then your CV gets sent on to a potential employer who then finds out you are not that person with that name. I´d immediately bin that application.
Not to mention that if you feel a need to change your name, then what else are you lying about in your CV? Here in Switzerland you would never get accepted for a job at any reputable company under these circumstances.
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Re: Change name on CV

What does a woman do when she gets married and takes her husbands name?

It would change their CV and get them off any rejection lists and other filters that may have built up previously. All above board.

My wife uses a combination of her maiden name and my surname and I was once wondering what the effect would be if I applied for jobs using just her maiden name leaving off my date of birth. Not quite as dodgy and I could half explain it.

In the UK you can change your name legally by deed poll - so theoretically what is stopping you.
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What does a woman do when she gets married and takes her husbands name?

It would change their CV and get them off any rejection lists and other filters that may have built up previously. All above board.

My wife uses a combination of her maiden name and my surname and I was once wondering what the effect would be if I applied for jobs using just her maiden name leaving off my date of birth. Not quite as dodgy and I could half explain it.

In the UK you can change your name legally by deed poll - so theoretically what is stopping you.
Completely different story from using a fictive name. Any of the above can be explained and is legally correct (apart from using your wife´s name)
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What does a woman do when she gets married and takes her husbands name?

It would change their CV and get them off any rejection lists and other filters that may have built up previously. All above board.

My wife uses a combination of her maiden name and my surname and I was once wondering what the effect would be if I applied for jobs using just her maiden name leaving off my date of birth. Not quite as dodgy and I could half explain it.

In the UK you can change your name legally by deed poll - so theoretically what is stopping you.
The problem would be that when the applicant is accepted all the usual background checks will raise a red flag. I suspect that the offer would then go to the next best candidate.
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Re: Change name on CV

I totally understand OPs question and concerns.

Actually one thing that is totally legit would be to use "ue" in spelling instead of "ü" or similar stunts so you would immediately know who got which application. Can also be done with street names and even the PLZ (post letter code for your town) - most towns have more than one PLZ that will work.
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I am considering sending my CV around to various agencies to find a new job. While knowing that there are certain risks involved in that process, such being handed a dodgy agency consultant who sends you CV everywhere without your permission and such, I thought of a way to get around that – what if I change name on my CV, so I am “Theroz von Ef” for instance?
OK, so help me out here, how does changing your name on your CV prevent an agency from sending out your cv to all and sundry? The only difference is that you'll call you up looking for the wrong person!
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Re: Change name on CV

I would agree with you 100%...a dumb idea...
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Re: Change name on CV

okay, some clarification clearly needed; I am asking this as when I previously sent my CV to agencies, some of the agencies shortly thereafter came back and said I was welcome to their clients for interview. And this had been done without me being told that my CV is being sent out. At that point I obviously didn’t care as I wanted to switch, I actually ended up taking a position that one of these consultants had sent my CV for, so it ended well and their doubtful strategy ended up working. However, during this period, I myself send my CV to another company, for which I was told my name is already in their database and I had not sent my CV to this company.

So the purpose of changing the name / misspelling the name is that if a dodgy agency consultant sends out my CV to companies without my permission, for positions that I am not interested in, I am covered should I want to apply to that company myself.

Now to your kind concerns; Once you’re at the interview stage, you’d obviously state your real name, which is one letters difference or so. Now, for those of you worrying about red flags when doing background checks; background check are done after the person gets accepted, at which point they would know my real name. Any reputable company asks for your identification when doing background check. If they miss that, I am not sure I’d wanna work with them

The other concern about lying on my CV I am not worried about either, at time of interview, as always I bring in your grades and degrees, references etc. that they can look up.

I notice many of the concerns in this forum is if the idea is good or not – that’s not my question, as I said, I proudly do stupid things on a daily basis, so this would just be one in the line.

Does anyone know if I break any laws by intentionally changing the name?

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Re: Change name on CV

Yeah, clarification was needed - i read my own post and realized i had missed some important parts Made sense to me when i thought of it early in the morning...

Obviously not looking to trick the employer that my name is something else, just the CV that they get from the agency would state another name.
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Now to your kind concerns; Once you’re at the interview stage, you’d obviously state your real name, which is one letters difference or so. Now, for those of you worrying about red flags when doing background checks; background check are done after the person gets accepted, at which point they would know my real name. Any reputable company asks for your identification when doing background check. If they miss that, I am not sure I’d wanna work with them
Not following your reasoning. I check people BEFORE I invite them to interviews an if I cannot find anything relevant (or find too much), you won´t get invited.
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okay, some clarification clearly needed; I am asking this as when I previously sent my CV to agencies, some of the agencies shortly thereafter came back and said I was welcome to their clients for interview. And this had been done without me being told that my CV is being sent out. At that point I obviously didn’t care as I wanted to switch, I actually ended up taking a position that one of these consultants had sent my CV for, so it ended well and their doubtful strategy ended up working. However, during this period, I myself send my CV to another company, for which I was told my name is already in their database and I had not sent my CV to this company.

So the purpose of changing the name / misspelling the name is that if a dodgy agency consultant sends out my CV to companies without my permission, for positions that I am not interested in, I am covered should I want to apply to that company myself.

Now to your kind concerns; Once you’re at the interview stage, you’d obviously state your real name, which is one letters difference or so. Now, for those of you worrying about red flags when doing background checks; background check are done after the person gets accepted, at which point they would know my real name. Any reputable company asks for your identification when doing background check. If they miss that, I am not sure I’d wanna work with them

The other concern about lying on my CV I am not worried about either, at time of interview, as always I bring in your grades and degrees, references etc. that they can look up.

I notice many of the concerns in this forum is if the idea is good or not – that’s not my question, as I said, I proudly do stupid things on a daily basis, so this would just be one in the line.

Does anyone know if I break any laws by intentionally changing the name?

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Old 17.06.2017, 21:16
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Re: Change name on CV

Sometimes you have get through the agency filtering process. Just to get your cv presented.
If you have never been a victim of of this, then you probably would not understand.
If you have been 2 years on the RAV and skint - it is a different syndrome than hanging around in in a nice home with a nice bank balance and the option of a conscience.
If it it just a matter of fending off annoying calls then you are lucky.
Thank God I am retired in 3 years - never trust agencies or HR was always my mantra and I kind of survived.
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Sometimes you have get through the agency filtering process. Just to get your cv presented.
If you have never been a victim of of this, then you probably would not understand.
If you have been 2 years on the RAV and skint - it is a different syndrome than hanging around in in a nice home with a nice bank balance and the option of a conscience.
If it it just a matter of fending off annoying calls then you are lucky.
Thank God I am retired in 3 years - never trust agencies or HR was always my mantra and I kind of survived.
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Me. No problem I am working.
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Re: Change name on CV

It depends on your profession. As a software engineer I posted a relevant resume online with "Confidential" marks/placeholders on it and it works well. Not too much spam but occasionally you get email about something really relevant.
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Re: Change name on CV

I find it unlikely that any agency will put your name forward without your written consent. All agencies that I have been working with - perhaps 20-25 - have all without exception asked me to approve that they forward my CV to their clients. I think this is linked to the fact that they need to prove to their client that you have actually accepted them putting your name forward. And this is probably a prerequisite for getting the bonus they will get eventually if their client decides to hire you.

Regarding changing your name I don't think that is illegal in any way. You can write whatever you want on your CV as long as you are not stealing another persons identity or claim work done by others. It is up to the hiring manager and the agency to check thoroughly whether you have the skills you claim to have and if you don't then it is an embarressment for them and a waste of time for all parties.

Whether your name on your CV matches the name in your passpprt is probably less relevant for them to begin with. It could/would probably raise some eyebrows later in the process but you can cross that bridge when you get to it.

In general I would never write anything on my CV which is not in line with the truth, though as you never know the potential consequences for your candidacy.
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Old 18.06.2017, 23:41
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I might be missing something here but...

What is the point of using an agency if not to have them send out your CV on your behalf?
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