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Using a Work-Appropriate Email Address

February 10th, 2016

Have you ever taken a look at your email address, really looked at it?  Your email address says a lot about you, and when you’re job searching everything, even your email address, is scrutinized while deciding whether or not to bring you in for an interview.  You’re selling yourself with your resume, it is the only chance you have to make a first impression and having an inappropriate email address can be as damning as showing up to an interview wearing jeans or in your pajamas.

I’ve heard from colleagues that a candidate was a perfect match for the position, but when they looked at their contact information and saw lusciouslipz@gmail.com or hotforyou@yahoo.com, they moved on to the next resume.

Where you choose to host your email address can also be important, though not necessarily as important as the name you choose.  Some hiring professionals will purposely pass up an @aol.com or @hotmail.com address simply because those make you look “behind the times” in technology.  Gmail is free and it sends the message that you are up-to-date with technology.

Tips for picking a “work appropriate” email address.

  • Keep it simple. Don’t try to be cute, use your name or initials or a combination of the two.  And steer clear of using number that can refer to your age, like the year you were born.  JMSmith1964@gmail.com, for example.
  • Keep it appropriate. Don’t use nicknames or offensive words
  • Keep it professional.

 

You want to make a good impression so ask yourself, what do you want your email address to say about you?

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