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Does your email address say you’re old or ready to party?

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Is your email signature hurting
your job prospects?
Sometimes we can shoot ourselves in the foot in our job search.

Take your email address. Could it be keeping your from getting jobs? It could be if you are relaying information you hadn't intended. See if you can spot what I am talking about in these examples:


Those who use email addresses like Twinky8baller@blank.com and Iwanttobeoutdoors@blank.com will probably have a hard time landing an office job because their email addresses tell us that they would rather be playing pool or playing outside.

With Juliebrown59@blank.com, the “59” in the email address tells hiring managers that Julie is 59 years old, or was born in 1959, or graduated high school in 1959. Regardless of what the 59 really means, Julie is “leading with her chin” and telegraphing her age before she ever gets to show a company how perfect she is for the job.

Think about the email address you use for your job search – does it reflect you in a positive, professional light? If not, consider starting a new email address for your job search and business correspondence. You will likely want to keep your other email address for a while, so you don’t miss any messages during the transition.

And one last thought. When you do change your email address, or change your job status, email everyone you know to let them know your preferred email address … or they could be sending you important leads to a wrong address and you won’t even know!

Rethink your email address! After all … it could help you land a job or get a better one!

What ideas do you have about this subject? Share your comments!  -- Kathy


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