EMPLOYERS CAN STILL BE SMALL MINED BIGOTS.
In the news today, (there’s nothing else in the news today), much speculation concerning the names most and least likely to be chosen for the new Prince in the British Royal Family. Most likely are ‘family’ names; George, James, Alexander, Henry, John, (unlikely, he was a bad king). Seems unlikely that the boy will have Andrew, Edward, Hamish, or Wayne among their collection of names. So, what’s in a name? Even in the late 21st century King Logan I may not go down so well in England. Names still, somehow, fit the person to their career. New ‘research’ has shown that some young workers are afraid that their name will prevent them from climbing the greasy pole in their chosen career, or even prevent them from getting a job in the first place.
The study has indicated that young people with ‘fashionably modern names’ such as Wayne and Kayleigh were losing out to those with more conventional ones such as William and Mary.
The report warned; ‘They told researchers that they felt colleagues with more traditional names, particularly those found in the Bible, were more likely to be rewarded by bosses. Personally, I don’t think that either Jezebel or Bathsheba really work well, and I’m not certain about Moses. (Although Moses is a great name for a characterful cat ~ check out Jesse by Joshua Kadison from the album Painted Desert Serenade.)
One young chap named Kyle said that he suspects that; ‘there is a lot of unspoken snobbery around’ and that ‘even getting a job was harder for me than friends with names like David and Daniel’.
It seems we do categorise people by name.
If I was still young and working in Finance, I would be more worried about the idiotic stuff I had posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Bad-mouthing employers on social networking sites can really get you disciplined or fired. More likely when you apply for a job these days your prospective employer will look you up on Facebook before you even get to an interview. Good luck if you’ve posted a picture of yourself mooning during Spring Break, or bad-mouthed gays, Christians, the unemployed, whatever…
The best advice is; If you’re named after a sports star, a season, a geographical location, or a celebrity, and you are outspoken on social networking sites, then you may have trouble seeking advancement in more ‘traditional’ business sectors such as; Law, Finance, Medicine… Perhaps try marketing. I have some very close friends who have changed their name, with surprisingly successful results.
- Is your name a career killer? How the likes of Kayleigh and Wayne fear they won’t be picked for promotion (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Your Information from Your Twitter and Facebook Accounts May Increase Your Risk to Auto Insurers (cheapcarinsurance.net)
- Fijian hand in the news (fijitimes.com)
- Royal baby name: The history behind George Alexander Louis (thelead.blogs.cnn.com)