Creating a Professional Email Address for job resumes

Still using your embarrassing email address from your childhood days? You might want to switch before it’s too late.

 

Your email address looks so small and insignificant at the top of your resume, but it’s your primary means of contact. Having a professional email address is essential in today’s job market. Believe it or not, far too many people submit their resume or application using an unprofessional email address, and this can have seriously unfortunate effects on a job search. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot before you get it in the door.

 

Use a professional email address

You must use a professional email address when contacting the recruiter.

It should be:

  • It should be short in length
  • It should contain your name
  • It shouldn’t contain any/many numbers

Acceptable examples:

Unacceptable examples:

 

Another Account?

Creating an additional email account can seem like a pain, but there are plenty of reasons why it’s one of the best things you can do to help yourself when you’re job hunting.

Having a separate email for job-related communication can help keep your personal inbox clutter-free. It can also ensure that important emails and interview invitations don’t get lost in the shuffle. You don’t need to commit to your new, professional email address forever – simply use it when you’re in the job market, and forget about it when you’ve found a new position.

Branding

You spent a lot of time perfecting your resume. Don’t let an unprofessional email address stick out like a sore thumb and ruin all the work you did. Recruiters are humans, and they’re looking for ways to narrow their candidate pool down. While you might think it’s silly to disqualify someone for a personal email address, the recruiter may feel that your email choice points to poor judgment and an inability to present a professional front.

If you use social media in a professional capacity or have a LinkedIn profile, all of your links and usernames should be the same. Uniformity is not only aesthetically pleasing on a resume, but it also creates a simplified way to contact you. Your LinkedIn URL should match your email address, and your professional Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook handles should also be identical.

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