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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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hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I totally agree Savvy, In my last three jobs I had to hire staff and saw many strange email address that made me reconsider offering an interview, sad but true. Some of them had great resume's but when I went to send them an email and saw I definitely was not calling them back. Joy76, Maybe it's different if your the recruiting manager for a large company rather than just head of a department in need of some qualified staff...
joy76 joy76 9 years
While I agree with some of the comments I have to disagree on some. I am currently recruiting now and to be honest with you I have NOT paid attention to the email adds of the candidates I have asked HR to invite for 1st interview. I was too busy paying attention to their skills and what they had done rather than their personal info. I am going to assume this is the same for most recruiting managers. You are so busy with your normal day work that you just want to get through those cvs on time and move on to the next task. The point is, it does not matter whilst I am not saying leave email add, one does not have to get overtly professional about it and set up firstname.lastname email adds. As long as the email add is descent no probs.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I have had the same SN for since I was about 16 (yup, it's KimDangirl) and use it for everything except for my professional stuff. My boss and other potential bosses don't need to know my fun username/e-mail info. :)
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I have a few couple with my first and last name and another random one i use.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I have three: my school e-mail, my everyday use one (which is my sugar name) and for freelance work and resumes and business things. My school e-mail will expire after I graduate anyway, so I made a work one that will stay with me until I change my last name.
mlen mlen 9 years
i have 3 emails- one is for junk emails and mailing lists. one is for my friends, though it doesn't have a cutesy name so i can use it for professional reasons as well. but i also use my current school one- i'm going for my mba- as a professional one because i can check it from anywhere. my work blocks all other outside emails, hotmail, yahoo, etc. so i use my school one in case i need to get back to someone in a timely manner!
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
I just use an alias with my email, so all my email still comes to the same box. So you could send it to my or my and I would get it, I just have to remember which alias to show on outbounds (but I usually just default that to my professional just in case).
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I hope people use their common sense on this one.
vcastellanos16 vcastellanos16 9 years
This is completely true! I work in human resources and when we get tons of emails with awful email addresses we laugh! we look through the resume but the email address always factors in
juicylove juicylove 9 years
i would think that if someone had one they REALLY didnt want to get rid of.. then they should either make a just for work reasons, or just not put one on the resume at all.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
This is definitely true when it comes to applying for schools as well! I was on the admissions committee for my grad school program and anytime I had "unique" email addresses, it made me wonder what kind of a person I was getting. Being a biomedical research program, I got a lot of super-geeky email addresses, it was unbelievable!
will205 will205 9 years
mine used to be queenofsheeba05 - i actually still use it on yahoo for my flickr account - but everything else is mailed to will205... more professional :-)
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I have several email addresses - and never use any of my "personal" ones for business - I have a plain jane one for anything business and/or professional.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
i have a personal email and one for official business.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
as a tangent, i jumped on the gmail bandwagon early, so i've had my now hard-to-get address for years now, and it's astounding how much email i get for other people. i once got 40 auto moving quotes in one day for someone with my name who lives across the country -- ridiculous! who doesn't know their own email address?!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I have for more professional purposes and not getting spam. My other email is for newsletter and fun stuff.
just_kelly just_kelly 9 years I was so obsessed with killer whales I never even considered that it implicated I might be the size of one!
phatE phatE 9 years
I couldn't just drop my AOL account after having it since the 7th grade.. I ended up creating one with gmail and using that for work and school stuff, and then started responding to e-mails sent to my AOL ones and people got the hint to change it.. Now I hardly get any e-mails through the AOL one, just spam.. So that worked for me.. :)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Wow, Savvy. You make me feel old. I didn't even have a real email address (not counting the one that my college assigned to me) until 1996, and I was 21! I agree, though. I always had a cutesy email address but I changed it to when I was looking for a job.
isabella531 isabella531 9 years
another key point would be to have make sure your "fun" email is not the login for certain sites such as myspace or facebook. When they were looking for my replacement at my old job not only did we get resumes with emails like but they would search for their profiles on myspace and sure enough there was "tequila lover" doing kegstands on her be certain to keep your stuff private. I have my personal,my personal professional, my Mrs email for wedding planning (lol) & my work address, which also happens to be at a major university which comes in handy :)
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I've always had my yahoo email address that is just my name, nothing exciting but it works.
SussLW SussLW 9 years
Nothing but a serious email address for me. Even my first one wasn't all that cutesy. From a resume standpoint, I once interviewed a woman whose email address was "SpaceCadet". That did not set quite the right tone for her resume, but luckily my company looked past it because she is a stellar employee.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
I had been hanging on to my alumni email for the longest time. Recently, I created a new one with just my name for all professional and school emails. I still have my old one for personal things.
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