When fulfilling requests for my e-books, I’ve noticed some email addresses that stand out – and not in a good way. In our electronic communication age, your email handle is one of the first things a future employer will see. And I’ve seen some doozies! A few rules for your email address:
- No reference to alcohol or drugs. Do you really think a hiring manager will take a chance on LuvTequila@sloshed.com?
- Avoid including your favorite sports team. Cheesehead4ever, your potential interviewer may be a rabid fan of the arch rival Chicago Bears.
- Nothing suggestive, HotnSexy@inappropriate.com
- Nothing cutesy, either, Babycakes1989.
- Don’t use the year in your email; it may give away your inexperience if you’re a newly minted graduate or conversely, indicate if you’re a bit, er, long in the tooth.
It’s a good idea to keep a separate email account for all of your professional communications. With free email accounts available from your local internet provider or Gmail, there’s no excuse not to open a job seeking account, and to check it regularly. A work-appropriate email address can be as simple as firstname.lastname@example.org. To avoid any gender discrimination, use the first initial-dot-last name approach. Of course, the John Smiths and Mary Joneses of the world may have to add a bit of creativity to obtain an address not already taken.
Readers: Do you have a separate email account for your job-seeking activities?
P.S. If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of my e-books, Anita Clew’s Guide to Better Résumés or Anita Clew’s Jitter-Free Guide to Job Interviews, just click on the link and leave me your most professional email address!