Is it OK to use a nickname / short name on a business card?
June 13, 2011 4:53 PM Subscribe
What is the best form of your name to use on business cards and email signatures? Is it OK to use nicknames / short names?
posted by dr. strangelove to Work & Money (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My given name is James, but for various reasons I decided to switch to a diminutive form of the name, Jimmy awhile back. Most everyone has gotten used to calling me that, and I'm starting a new job soon where that's how I'm known.
I work in the entertainment industry which is pretty liberal minded, but my new position is relatively high on the food chain and I'm wondering if Jimmy is too unprofessional sounding for business cards and email signatures to outside clients. I don't want to go with James because I feel that would be too confusing to people (i.e. - "My name is James, but call me Jimmy"). So I'm thinking of going with Jim instead.
Am I over-thinking this? Should I just stick with what most people call me to avoid confusion?