Celebrities do it all the time to boost their career, and it turns out this might help you to.
If you want to get ahead in your career, changing your name could help. It’s worked for all kinds of celebs, so why couldn’t it work for you? Some stars have traded in their old name for something more Hollywood-sounding, like Vin Diesel – who was originally Mark Sinclair, and Olivia Wilde – who was originally Olivia Cockburn.
Another famous name changer is “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who thought young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, so she had publishers use her initials, J.K. – short for Joanne Kathleen – instead of her name. And that seemed to work out well for her, don’t you think?
Research also shows that minorities who change their names on resumes get more interviews. A study from Harvard Business School finds that companies are more than twice as likely to call minority applicants for interviews if they turn in “whitened” resumes than those who reveal their race. Indian-American actress Mindy Kaling’s real name is Vera Chokalingam and actor Kal Penn was originally Kalpen Modi, and their name changes may have boosted their careers.
In real life, you don’t have to go for such a drastic change to your name, but it could be a good career move. Making yourself more marketable can’t hurt, just ask Diddy.
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