What name should I use on my resume?
The short answer: It depends.
The long answer: You can use the name that you currently go by, whether or not it's the same as the name on your id.
Remember that your resume is usually the first image of you that an employer will have. If you are early in your transition, are genderqueer, and/or don't "pass" as the gender that you identify with, using the name that goes with your current gender identity / expression can help prime the employer to see you the way you want to be seen.
On the other hand, if you are very early in transition and sure that you won't pass, using your new name can "out" you. If you're not sure about the trans-friendliness of the employer, it might be safer to go with your old name. After you are offered the job, you can explain the situation.
Can I include jobs I held under a different name / before my transition?
The short answer: Yes!
The long answer: Many people are concerned that by including a job on their resume, they are giving employers permission to contact the former employer. This is not true! If your former employer is transphobic or simply knows you as a different name/gender, you can include that job on your resume without giving the new employer permission to contact them.
It may raise a red flag for employers if you ask them not to contact a former employer without giving an explanation. If your new employer is trans-friendly, you can explain why you don't want them contacting the old employer. Or, you can provide contact info for someone other than your supervisor, such as a friendly coworker who knows about your transition and can confirm that you worked there.
Transitioning doesn't have to mean "starting over" professionally. Even though you may feel like a new person, you still benefit from all the amazing skills and experiences you gained in previous jobs. Don't sell yourself short! Make sure that experience counts!
What if my references don't know I'm trans? (References know you from before your transition, and don't know that you've changed your name and/or gender.)
What if my references do know I'm trans, but I don't want new employers to know? (References know that you've changed your name and/or gender, but may not use the new name and/or pronoun consistently.)
In either case, you have three basic options. You may choose one of these strategies, or mix and match depending on your situation:
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