I have been in the process of job searching since the first of July. As I have mentioned in my intro to the group, I am stealth with regard to my FTM status. In prior job searches where I knew the "reference check" would be rarely completed, I never bother to fill out the "other names under which you were employed section," however now that I am looking for jobs of a higher professional caliber reference checks are pretty in depth, going back as far as ten years. I have been a bit stressed over how to handle the name change, which will obviously confuse an employer.
A little background on my neck of the woods, my city and both my county and neighboring county have gender identity written into their non-discrimination policies, so theoretically I am protected.
Beyond saying, "this sucks" about having to disclose, I am really looking to find out how others have handled this. My current method has been to simply put it on the application so that my butt is covered, but not directly address it. At the same time, I am NOT looking for the shock factor and wonder if I am, in effect, creating it.