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The Grind: What's in an Email Address

When I was in a position where I was looking at other people's resumes often, one thing that always stood out to me was candidates' email addresses. Did they want to be taken seriously, or were they clueless that cutesy email addresses aren't acceptable on professional resumes? Perhaps it seems nit-picky, but providing a straightforward email address with your name or some variation is really the best way to go when you're applying for jobs. Otherwise, your will likely come off as immature and show that your attention to detail is lacking. To see what else I have to say about the importance of an email address just

If you're trying to stand strong with your old school address because it's "you," than your resume could be passed over for someone with a similar background that had the professional prowess to supply a simpler email address. Your unique personality will come through in the interview, but the point is that you need to submit a resume that will get you in the door in the first place. Most email accounts can be setup free of charge so take advantage of technology and sign up for a new address — it doesn't mean you're signing up for a whole new you.

I had the same email address from the time I was 13 through college, and even when I was assigned my university email address I still kept my old one on the side. We had history! But twotfrutee (tootie frutie Jelly Bellys were my favorite flavor as a 13-year-old) just wasn't going to cut it if I wanted people to take my correspondence seriously. Twotfrutee may be long gone, but I sure have fond memories of chatting on AOL (remember that?!) with my girlfriends.

Do you have any email addresses or screen names that you've had to set free?


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