What Your Email Address Says About You

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The email is one of the most overlooked parts of your resume.

Your email can help you or hurt you, so be careful when choosing the email that will go in your resume. You want to communicate the right message.

I say this, because most people don’t give a second thought to their email. It is something created years ago and many view it as a part of their identity. Most job-seekers don’t realize how others might view their email.

Here are emails that could hurt you.


Year of Birth: Avoid using what could be interpreted as the year of your birth. You might make the reader think you are too qualified or not qualified enough for the role they are looking to fill. [i].  You don’t want to be judged you by your age


Religion: While my faith is important to me, its not something to be discussed in the workplace, unless you are applying for a job in a ministry, synagogue, temple etc, this type of email should never be on a resume[ii]


Politics: Like Religion, there are few things better at turning off people.


Sports teams: If the hiring manager is upset at how your team beat his team, do you think he’ll want to interview you?[iii]



Unprofessional emails: Cute is great when messaging your friends and family but it sends the wrong message in a business setting. Unprofessional emails communicate ‘I do not act like a professional. I could be an embarrassment if you hired me’.[iv]


Sending the wrong message: AOL started in 1992. To quote Chameleon Resumes,

By having an aol.com address, you could be subliminally communicating that you probably have at least 20+ years experience (even if you have not been on it that long), resistant to change (especially if you actually have been using AOL email that long) and possibly a technophobe. [v]

You don’t want to create this type of impression. I read an article in CIO magazine recently where a hiring manager said, ‘They would never consider someone for an IT job if they had an aol.com email.’

Chameleon Resumes also shared that using hotmail.com or yahoo.com in a resume without accomplishments or an older style format could lead people to think your skills are not up to date and you will not be right for the job. [vi]


 A Family Email: This email may make a hiring manager wonder if you’ll get the office sick when the flu is going around. It also might make them wonder if you’ll ever get their email since your thirteen year old also accesses your account. [vii]

Here are some emails that send the right message.:


 Top Tier University: If you went to a prestigious university tell them about it in the heading. Don’t figure that they will read all of the way down to the bottom of your resume to find your education. They may not. [viii]



Brand Yourself: JobHunt.org suggests using a ‘profession centered’ email introduces you as the professional that you are. By using your job title in your email you communicate that you love what you do. Since you won’t be the first to have chosen ‘TopAccountant’ or ‘SystemAnalyst’ use your zip code or area code when creating that email. [ix]


Professional: Nothing is more professional than a straight-forward, no-nonsense email like the above. You can’t go wrong with it.

I welcome all invites! Here is my LinkedIn profile.

Thank you and good luck!

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[i] http://www.planbcomms.com/PlanBCommsBlog/ Your job search toolkit – Part Three: E-mail addresses . . . what’s in a name? You’d be surprised!   October 9th, 2009

[ii] http://www.snagajob.com/resources/why-recruiters-care-about-your-email-address/

[iii] http://www.planbcomms.com/PlanBCommsBlog/ Your job search toolkit – Part Three: E-mail addresses . . . what’s in a name? You’d be surprised!   October 9th, 2009

[iv] http://www.job-hunt.org/resumes/killer-tactics-to-get-your-resume-read.shtml

[v] http://chameleonresumes.com/2011/07/25/how-to-make-your-email-address-work-and-not-work-for-you/

[vi] http://chameleonresumes.com/2011/07/25/how-to-make-your-email-address-work-and-not-work-for-you/

[vii] http://www.planbcomms.com/PlanBCommsBlog/ Your job search toolkit – Part Three: E-mail addresses . . . what’s in a name? You’d be surprised!   October 9th, 2009

[viii] http://chameleonresumes.com/2011/07/25/how-to-make-your-email-address-work-and-not-work-for-you/

[ix] http://www.job-hunt.org/resumes/killer-tactics-to-get-your-resume-read.shtml