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October 28, 2007 9:05 PM Subscribe
I have a very foreign-sounding name. Should I mention I'm a US citizen on my resume?
posted by pravit to Work & Money (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a long, foreign sounding name that is difficult for most Americans to pronounce. I'm applying to some extremely competitive master's programs where the ratio of foreign to domestic applicants is something like 5:1 or even higher. Most of the foreign applicants are very qualified, but suffer from poor English skills. I'd prefer for my application not to be lumped in the "foreigners" pile.
Given that my name is so foreign-sounding, should I mention I'm a US citizen on my resume? All of the online grad school applications ask if you're a US citizen, but I figured I might want to put it on my resume, too.
The problem is I don't know how to work it in without making it look silly. I tried putting it on one line below my contact info, but it looks a bit lonely - usually, I've only seen that paired with some high-level security clearance.
Any suggestions on how I should work it in, or if I should simply leave it off?
Side note: If your name is very difficult to pronounce, would you consider adopting a pseudonym for employment purposes? Both my first and last names are "foreign" and I don't go by any "American" nickname.