Saturday, April 5

Article: email addresses and job applications

Greetings. I received the following article from an email list for blind students I'm on. It does a great job of describing exactly what kind of email address you want to put on that job application or resume. Enjoy, and pardon any formatting errors.

Could Your E-Mail Name Hurt Your Career?

by Daryl Hannah. Date Posted: March 25, 2008

When Stacy Havel, director of public relations for Bernard Hodes Group, a
recruitment company, came across an e-mail application from "sexy daddy,"
she laughed and passed the e-mail around the office for others to see. What
she didn't do was respond or bring the applicant in for an interview.

"When you see someone identifying themselves in a vulgar or inappropriate
way, it gives insight to their personality," Havel says, referring to
"sexy
daddy" and the hundreds of other e-mail applications she's received from
job
seekers.

Sure, sending business e-mails can be tricky, especially in a work force
that encompasses diversity of race/ethnicity, orientation, gender, age,
religion, disability and other cultural influences. However, one thing is
certain--unprofessional e-mail addresses can hurt your chances just as
much
as unprofessional e-mails. An inappropriate e-mail address can tarnish
your
brand, warns Havel. "It's important to set something up that says
something
about your personal brand that is professional and not offensive, that
will
make someone look at your application," she says.

Sophia Bogues, strategic accounts manager with INROADS, which places
students from traditionally underrepresented groups in corporate
internships, agrees. "Business e-mails are a tool, and that tool
represents
you," says Bogues.

As you join the work force, building and protecting your brand is
essential,
and this includes your e-mail address. Here are five tips to make sure
your
e-mail address doesn't keep you from landing that ideal job.

No. 1: Separate your personal and professional e-mail addresses. Keep
your
personal and professional e-mails separate. While it is tempting to
manage
one universal e-mail address, doing so can prove problematic--especially
if
you used your e-mail address to set up a social-networking account.

"Many set up their Facebook accounts when they were younger and many
didn't
think about how this would affect the future," says Havel, referring to
students who use their Facebook e-mail addresses on resumes and job
applications.

So what do you do when you are ready to start applying for job? Set up an
e-mail address specifically for work. "Today it's very easy to get a new
e-mail address. Set up an e-mail address specifically for work-related
things," says Havel.

No. 2: Choose wisely. Choose an e-mail address that sets you apart but at
the same doesn't discourage your future employer. For example, using your
first and last name should get the job done. Steer clear of references to
orientation, race, cultural acronyms or neighborhood. These things may be
an
important part of you, but your e-mail address is not the place to
express
that.

For example, e-mail addresses like bling-bling@yahoo.com,
losethelesbo@msn.com or blackstallion@gmail.com may be off-putting to a
future employer.

No. 3: Avoid sexual and religious references. One of the easiest ways to
have your application tossed in the trash is to have an e-mail address
that
includes sexually explicit or overtly religious references. "You want to
avoid e-mail addresses that are like sexkitten@xxx.com, or
bustyblond@aol.com," warns Havel. And while religion does have its place
in
the workplace, it doesn't belong in your e-mail address. Remember, your
e-mail address represents you and is among the first impressions a future
employer will have of your professionalism.

No. 4: Don't use your current work e-mail address to apply for jobs.
Employers have the legal right to read your e-mails. Therefore, sending
e-mails to potential employers from your current work e-mail address is
not
wise. In fact, applying for a job while at work is a big no-no.

Instead, use your newly created personal, yet professional, e-mail
address
to apply to jobs before or after work.

No. 5: Don't let your e-mail address overshadow your resume. You want to
make sure that your e-mail address isn't something that people are going
to
be so focused on that it will overshadow your resume. Havel suggests this
can be avoided by keeping your professional e-mail address generic. "You
want your skills to stand out, not your e-mail address," she says.

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