I came across this really interesting article on Twitter this morning! A survey conducted by Adzuna has found that shortened names on men's CV's are worth more money salary-wise than longer names containing multiple syllables.
It's particularly interesting to me, as I sometimes wonder whether my name (which is Maltese and apparently impossible to pronounce) deters prospective contacts and employers from getting touch with me. If I applied for a high volume application role that needed a quick fill, would employers skim past my name in their heaving inboxes for assuming that I am not British and not currently living the UK?
I wonder why then, that shortened men's names have come out on top of Adzuna's salary survey? Could it be that when you see a 'Dave' or a 'Matt' or a 'Jonny' it invokes some kind of strong emotional connection? A human touch?
Most of us shorten our friends names don't we? Taking the OMJ office as an example, hardly anyone in here is called by their full name - nobody in fact. We've got Caggsy, Grimesy, Grumpy, LDB, Lozza, Si, Ashers...the list goes on! So perhaps the reason why shortened names do so well is down to a natural, subliminal human connection? That sense of feeling 'pally' with someone. Or is it nothing to do with psychology at all? Maybe humans just like 'Dave' more than 'David' and are willing to pay good money for him. It could be an unconscious preference for someone who sounds more relaxed and less formal. Who knows. All I know is that I won't be shortening my name to 'Lozza Chets' any time soon - it doesn't exactly scream Content Writer does it? Click the link below for Adzuna's full list and to read more:
The findings reveal that the most valuable names on men’s CVs were short, while the least valuable names were long. Jim (£52,762), Mike (£52,744) and Dave (£51,719) featured on the top 10 list, in which eight names had just one syllable. This was in stark contrast to the bottom 10, where eight out of the 10 names were longer, including Lewis (£28,258), Jordan (£28,298) or Liam (£29,785). Shortened names were also favoured – Matts (£46,067) had CVs worth £10,000 more than Matthews (£35,765), while the average Dave (£51,719) is worth 25% more than his David counterpart (£41,301).