What’s Your Email Got To Do With It? Everything!
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When you go to a job interview, what do you wear? Most people would wear a business suit. Why? Because you want your employers impression of you to be favorable. Regardless of what you think, perception is everything. Sure you can go to an interview wearing glass stilettos and halter top letting the girls all hang out. But I would have a strong suspicion that you're applying for a job where a pole and lap dances are the requirements. And if that's not the case, I'm almost positive in any other work environment you wouldn't be taken seriously or even hired.
Your Email Address Says A lot About You! Good & Bad!
Now these are extreme cases but let me bring it closer to home. When you're applying for jobs, what email address are you using? Hopefully it's not your personal one! Your email address tells an employer a lot more about you then your resume does sometimes. Let's look at some poor examples of email addresses.
Look, in the right circumstances the above addresses are fine. Most of which that come to mind are personal situations. But when you're applying for a work at home job or any job for that matter, what is an employer to think about someone that has an email address like [email protected]? Seriously, think about it. I know they should judge you on the merit of your past experience. But unfortunately, sometimes they don't.
They're looking for intangible things that give them more details about you. Nowadays anyone can fake a good resume, so employers view that with a grain of salt. But interviews, appearance and minor things like your email address will tell an employer all they need to know about you.
I know it's not fair. But who said life was. I'm just giving you something to consider. Something as minor as your email address may be the reason employers aren't emailing you back.
Turn The Tide In Your Favor
Any of my loyal subscribers know I'm all about giving you guys advantages over other job seekers. I don't care how minor they may seem but I wouldn't be doing my job if I was providing them to you. So here's what I would suggest when it comes to applying for a job or sending your resume.
1. Create a new email account with a professional feel.
So let's say you're applying for a customer service job, create a free email account such as [email protected] or [email protected] The point is to portray a level of professionalism and passion for your job via your email address.
2. Update the saved copies of your resume to include your professional email address asap.
In fact, you should also visit the online job sites that have web versions of your resume such as Beyond.com and Monster.com. As many of you already know, having your resume online is one of the best ways to get employers to contact you for work at home. But if they're seeing an inappropriate email address chances are they'll move on to the next resume.
3. Start your search again and email employers with your professional email address.
What's the purpose of creating it, if you continue to email employers from your personal and possibly inappropriate email account?
4. Check the new account frequently or have it set up to forward messages from that account to your personal account.
I've done that with many of my own business accounts. If you don't know how to do this it's usually in the settings area of your email account or just check the help section.
When you apply these steps you're now eliminating the likelihood of an employer rejecting you merely on the basis of something as minor as your email address. Now I can't guarantee that this will get you more interviews or call backs but I'm pretty certain that it won't hurt you. The worst that can happen is that you do get more interviews and less spam! And who doesn't want that?
Well, I hope this helps. This was an eye opening experience for me and I'm wondering if it was for you?