Over the last few months I have had the privilege of serving on two hiring committees. As I did so, I noticed that what email address someone had, could make a difference to how their application was treated. Let’s face it, it’s a tough job market out there right now, and people should give themselves every advantage they can!
Would you give an application its due if you see its from firstname.lastname@example.org?
The emails seemed to be in several categories:
- Gmail accounts based on a name, e.g. email@example.com
- Some kind of account that was a play on words e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Shared accounts, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aol accounts… say no more….
What do you think, can your email address be helpful or harmful when you are looking for a job?