25. October 2013
If you want to be successful in professional life, you should consider a few things. On the one hand the Internet offers many opportunities to successfully market yourself and gain the trust of potential new employers and recruiters. On the other hand the mere product is your own person along with your strengths, interests, and motivation that has to be sold in professional life. Furthermore, it is certainly not a disadvantage to have a thoughtful and sustainable self-marketing in order to push your career.
So much for the best of cases. However, the reality is often somewhat different and there are many causes for your professional stagnation or why you haven’t been given the job. In some cases, it is not your fault (e.g. your person or serious blunders in your application). Sometimes, it is just the name – both positive and negative.
Different studies show how last names have an impact on the career. People with noble-sounding names more often hold managerial positions than those with rather common last names. Is it really the case that careers depend on such irrational decisions? Can we really be influenced this way without realizing it?
This statement is based on a study that evaluated more than 200,000 business profiles with different last names. The study found out that noble-sounding names were more likely to be found in higher positions than names that sound more like a craft.
Another study supports a different surprising theory. It says that people with names that are easier to pronounce are more likely to have a rapid career within a short time than those with complicated names, because if it is difficult to pronounce it must be risky.
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