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    Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    Is it a must to use legal name (as seen in ID card) for work? Lets say my real name is Neram Mihaiki Smith, I prefer to be known Sharon Smith. Would it be fine if I use Sharon Smith in my emails, business cards...?

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    It would be fine with me.

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    *Not a Lawyer*
    *Not an IRS Agent*

    Call yourself whatever you want, just don't call me late to dinner, or before 8:00 on Sunday.

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    There might be legal implications for signing contracts and other such documents.

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    It depends where you work. I used to work at an airport and my work ID card was also my security pass to allow me to move around the airport, in both public areas and secure areas. My ID card had to contain my photograph and my full legal name. If you are just talking about an ID card to identify you to your co-workers and visitors to the firm, I don't see why you can't use your preferred name but I imagine the final decision would lie with the senior managers at your firm or with the security department.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Is it a must to use legal name (as seen in ID card) for work?
    I'd say your employer needs to know your legal name. Ask him/her if it's OK for you to be known as Sharon around the workplace and to clients/customers.

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Is it a must to use legal name (as seen in ID card) for work? Lets say my real name is Neram Mihaiki Smith, I prefer to be known Sharon Smith. Would it be fine if I use Sharon Smith in my emails, business cards...?

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    I would have my name listed in my (automated, standard) email signature and on business cards as:

    Neram Mihaiki "Sharon" Smith

    And then use "Sharon" as my personal sign-off on correspondance.

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would have my name listed in my (automated, standard) email signature and on business cards as:

    Neram Mihaiki "Sharon" Smith

    And then use "Sharon" as my personal sign-off on correspondance.
    Is it universally understood that the words inside " " is the nickname?

    Is it universally understood that the words before " " is the legal name that the nickname represents?

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would have my name listed in my (automated, standard) email signature and on business cards as:

    Neram Mihaiki "Sharon" Smith

    And then use "Sharon" as my personal sign-off on correspondance.
    Just curious how would you write it if I am using Sharon Jones as my nick name? Neram Mihaiki Smith "Sharon Jones" or Neram Mihaiki "Sharon" Smith "Jones"

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    Re: Is it a must to use legal name for work?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would have my name listed in my (automated, standard) email signature and on business cards as:

    Neram Mihaiki "Sharon" Smith

    And then use "Sharon" as my personal sign-off on correspondance.
    I am not too sure what you mean by personal sign-off on correspondance. Could you provide an example?

    Lets say I am ending my email, is this what you meant? Is it correct?:

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    Hello xxx,

    ...
    ...
    ...
    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Best Regards,
    Neram Mihaiki "Sharon" Smith
    Sharon
    ~~~~~~~~~~

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