One of my last names is Fernández. As you see, it has the character á, which is a non-standard character.

If I'm applying for jobs in my country, there is no problem as here we use such character, but if I'm applying for a job in a country where English is the main language, shall I misspell my name writing a instead of á to prevent format issues? Like Fern?ndez.

I'm really not sure about what to do. On one hand, if I misspell it and whoever reads my resume knows Spanish, will think I have misspelling issues. On the other hand, if I write it correctly, resume screeners may not properly identify my name.

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    – yoozer8
    Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 15:22
  • I don't think it's opinion based because there are objective factors behind it.
    – user1023
    Commented Dec 25, 2013 at 9:58

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Here is a data point: I put your last name Fernández into LinkedIn and it returned 43807, I then tried it with Fernandez and also got 43807. Therefore the software at LinkedIn transliterates the á to a.

I don't think that anybody involved in hiring in the US will care which way you spell your last name. But be aware that some systems will not accept the á and will convert it to a. For example email addresses. Though if it could accept the á it might use an alias to link the two spellings.

  • While that may be the case, it's also possible (although unlikely) that there are equal numbers of Fernández and Fernandez registered on LinkedIn.
    – alroc
    Commented Dec 21, 2013 at 21:05
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    In Google it is 37900000 (á) vs 51900000 (a). If the system converts it to a, there is no problem at all. The problem is when the system converts it to ? or any other symbol.
    – user8137
    Commented Dec 21, 2013 at 23:17
  • These types of issues is what keeps programmers up late at night. If the programmers of the job board / HR software haven't taken these things into account then you won't see the same results.
    – NotMe
    Commented Mar 28, 2018 at 13:36

It's good practice to tweak your CV when applying for vastly different jobs - for example to emphasise experience in a job older than your last/current one if the older experience is more relevant to the job you're applying for.

I'd suggest the same applies here - if you're concerned them simply keep two copies of your CV and use the appropriate one for each job.