Can a preferred name be used on a resume instead of a legal name?
Yes, a preferred name can be used on a resume instead of a legal name. It is a common practice for transgender and non-binary individuals, as well as for people who go by a different name than their legal name for other reasons. It is important to note that when applying for a job, the individual may be required to provide legal documentation, such as a driver's license or passport, that shows their legal name.
In your resume, it is best to have a consistent name and avoid any discrepancies in the name used on your resume and any legal documents.
Here's an example of a resume header with a preferred name
The "name" field contains the preferred name (Jackie) along with the legal name (Jane Smith) in parentheses, this way you can be clear with the employer with the name you want to be called and also providing your legal name that may be required.
Also, it's worth noting that having a consistent professional identity across platforms (e.g LinkedIn, Email) makes it easier for employers to find you, as well as ensuring that the name you use in your resume match the one on your professional online presence.