What does your email really say?

When applying for a job, make sure you have a sensible email address.

A potential employer  will be looking to find out more about you and anything listed on your resume will be noticed. You want the recruiter to be thinking about how well you could do the job not wondering if your partyARNIMAL@zingmail.com email address will make you late for work.

During my time as a HR manager and recruitment specialist I often saw resumes arriving with email addresses like the ones below listed in the contact information.

  • hottyscotty69@….com
  • kellsbells@…com
  • wittlekatiewatie@…com
  • partyARNIMAL@…com
  • crazyMOFO@…com

Don’t give employers a reason to discount you.

Email addresses like this appear cute and funny, but they usually caused me to have second thoughts about the candidate (especially if I had received more than 40 or 50 job applications).

When you are a new worker you will be most likely be competing with applicants who have more skills and experience than you, so don’t give anyone a reason to discount you.

Your first and last name is the best email address.

The best email address to use when applying for a job is something simple using your first and last name: like john.smith@gmail.com or smith.jane@live.com.au.

You don’t have to become boring or change your personality to apply for a job, just be careful about how you present yourself to a potential employer. It is often the little things that make the biggest difference.

If you need some help preparing for a job interview or compiling your resume, please email me now irvine.melinda@gmail.com. And no, that’s not the one I use to email my friends.

Wishing you all the best in your job search.

© 2016 Melinda Irvine


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