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Do you guys put your middle initial on your resume? I have and seem to be getting dinged a lot. Maybe I should remove it?

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  • Kenny_Powers_CFA's picture

    Depends on whether your middle initial is prestigious (X, J, D) or non-target (C, M, L).

    There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

  • rafiki's picture

    My middle name is too pretentious, but if you have an aristocratic middle name like Kane, by all means go for the full name. Gives you pedigree and is worth more prestige for sure.

  • alexpasch's picture

    LOL I'm so going to give my kid Xavier for a middle name so his middle initial can be X. That would look bad ass on a resume, LOL.

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  • deltahedge's picture

    Pure gold. SB for you Mr. Powers.

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  • LIBOR's picture

    My dad has the same name as me but he doesn't have a middle name and I do so I always use middle initial to differentiate ourselves

  • Beef's picture

    SB for Kenny Powers, that cracked me up.

    Also I am lol'ing at this whole thread.

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  • In reply to alexpasch
    Kenny_Powers_CFA's picture

    alexpasch:
    LOL I'm so going to give my kid Xavier for a middle name so his middle initial can be X. That would look bad ass on a resume, LOL.

    Xavier is good (as are most obscure saints/biblical figures-Scholastica, Ezekial, Hezekiah, etc); also look into Greeks-Xeno, Xenon, Xenophone, or Persian (Xerxes).

    Names of obscure periodic elements (Scandium, Palladium) and famous European dynasties are also recommended- Paul Tudor Jones, for example.

    There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

  • cybernick's picture

    what if I have multiple middle names? should i put John M.P.R. Smith?

  • thisguy22's picture

    Wow CML are all of my initials and I go to a non target, how accurate... Charles is a sweet middle name though

  • In reply to thisguy22
    Kenny_Powers_CFA's picture

    monkay:
    Wow CML are all of my initials and I go to a non target, how accurate... Charles is a sweet middle name though

    There are exceptions-"Charles" makes up for its weak initial with overall strength. Consider spelling out the name instead of using the initial, and also jazzing it up a little-Charlemagne or Charlesford are good options.

    There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

  • gekko2's picture

    LOLLL banana for you Mr. Powers.

  • dublin's picture

    JPM employees default to "X" as the middle initial for their email addresses - clever attempt to make people look more badass?

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    There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

  • Kenny_Powers_CFA's picture

    There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

  • David_Puddy's picture

    "yeah, thats right" High-Five

  • In reply to David_Puddy
    Kenny_Powers_CFA's picture

    There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.