job oppsWhen we read the weekly job advice column today in The New York Post, we realized this is something that we haven’t seen before but it’s probably been thought about by various job seekers.

Can you change your name to appear “more American” like Smith or Jones?

Gregory Giangrande, human resources executive in the media industry, strongly advises against it. He proclaimed, “You cannot adopt a fake name!” Moreover, just think of the repercussions this has with the background check.

He continued:

“Do you want to wind up on some watch list or potentially get accused of fraud or identity theft, depending on whose name you adopt? I highly doubt your name really is having an adverse impact on your job search. If you do have a different name you go by that is on some government-issued document, that’s fine. Otherwise, you can change your name legally and use that. But putting anything false on your resume is never acceptable.