It’s sometimes amazing to find that after all the effort put into creating a powerful resume and completing the applications, that so many would be job offers never materialize because of job seekers don’t present a professional electronic presence.
Let me explain by way of a common occurrence I still run into when looking through job applicant responses:
Following a cover letter or letter of interest, one of the first things I see is the resume. And the very first thing I see on the resume is the heading with the individual’s name and contact information. Understand that I have never met this person, so this is my first impression of them. Below is a fictitious example of a common resume heading
What is the first thing the sticks out to you? Perhaps it’s very subtle and you may simply think nothing of it, so I’ll highlight it here:
What does this email say to you? Does it say “hello I’m a professional”, does it say, “trust me to represent your company well”, or does it say something else? Here’s a lesson you simply need to learn and adhere to when you are seeking employment:
In today’s job market employers are not simply looking for the best fit for their organizations, they are also looking for discriminators that will allow them to shrink the field. Your goal is to make it as difficult as possible for your application to be placed in the maybe pile. Don’t let an email address that you’ve had since high school make it easier for them to discount you as a serious contender.
Email addresses are simple to obtain and free. If you have an Internet Service Provider the chances are that they already have a free email service set up for you. Why not take advantage of it?
If you are still using the same university or college email they assigned to you, what you are communicating to a perspective employer is either you are not savvy enough to get a professional looking email, or you’re too lazy to be bothered. Neither of these perceptions is a good one.
You simply don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.