I am transgender. I legally changed my name a couple of years ago. I'm worried prospective employers might try to verify my older experience when I was using my old name, and conclude that I'm lying because those companies have no record of my current name. However, I don't want to mention the name change because it risks exposing me to discrimination. A prospective employer wouldn't otherwise be able to find out that I am transgender.
Several points to clarify
- I'm only asking what to do on my resume. I'm not planning to lie or fail to disclose past names on a background check, but that process happens after I can make a first impression in an interview. Anyone who would consciously decide to not hire me because I'm trans it is a lost cause either way, yes, but there are many people who have more subtle biases.
- No one can tell I'm trans. They're not going to find out unless I tell them, and I don't need any special accommodation whatsoever.
- This is something that I want to avoid being part of public record to whatever extent that I can. From my point of view, this is an ugly part of my past and nothing to do with who I am today. If I put it on a resume, then I have little control over who eventually sees that resume. A background check on the other hand I can reasonably expect to be treated with a certain level of confidentiality: HR probably gets it, but my prospective manager may never see it, and it's unlikely to get forwarded elsewhere.
- I don't have the privilege of taking the "I don't want to work for anyone who would discriminate" stand. I need a job.