Why is Rachel sometimes spelled Rachael instead?
How should I deal with people who can't spell my name on LinkedIn?
The reason people misspell your name isn't because they can't read, and it's not because they're unprofessional. The fact is you have a strange name and it's unexpected.
People get used to patterns:
I was on my way to work on my motorcycle the other day and the city has just repaired and reopened a bridge that had been closed for a year and a half. The 3-way stop they temporarily set up led back to a main street with a single stop sign on a street that ends on Main Street with a "T". A lady in a big blue SUV almost hit me because she expected me to stop if I went left. I had the right of way, but I should have stopped a week ago. It's not that she was stupid even though I was a little pissed off, and it's not that she can't read. I made almost the same mistake a couple of times thinking a car was going to stop, but instead I walked right by. For a year and a half, everyone who regularly commuted through this area was forced to stop, and just like that, the city removed the stop signs without warning, creating mass confusion among people who allegedly know the streets.
Pattern in words:
Edit: My name is actually on my profile: Adam Arold. They usually spell Arnold. Even if I look at my name like a complete stranger, I can tell the difference.
Huh? How can you possibly look at your name like a complete stranger? Did you recently change your name to Adam Arold a month ago, or your fascinating, mind-boggling ability to recognize the spelling of your name could be due to that it's been your name for 26 damn years!;)
The fact is, people get used to patterns, and when 99.999% of the people whose names look like Arold are actually Arnold, you can't expect people to question something this specific every time. We'd never get anything done because we'd constantly strive to make sure Webster hasn't decided that today is the day we start spelling "that" as "that".
Aside from the "body memory" involved in any activity, keep in mind that there is also a bit of psychology involved in reading words:
Source: Learn English - Can You Read This? ::
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The fact is that Arold and Arnold look so closely that the human mind simply interprets it based on the past knowledge of what it saw before.
In short, it's a bit arrogant of you to think that someone is unprofessional just because you happen to have an extremely rare name that most people don't expect to see.
Finally, I would like to advise you to send your proposed letter to potential employers. I doubt it will prove to you, as a prospective employee, that you feel stupid. Instead, consider the following:
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I have a strange name. It's actually "Arold", not "Arnold". It's a common spelling mistake. BTW, I see that you have an opening for an X. Check out my profile, I think you will like it! "
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