The most avoidable killer email mistake

As the Steelers were marching on their way to the Super Bowl a few years ago, I had a candidate from Pittsburgh with the email address of “steelman”. The manager in charge chuckled after the final interview and asked me, “Did you see his email address. I’m pretty sure who he wants to win the game.” That email address made the candidate memorable in a good way.

If your email address is anything but your name, make sure it is memorable in a good way. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. The success of the person you hire will be directly linked to you and your career as a manager. There are three strong candidates and you can’t decide which one to hire. Your eyes stray to the email addresses. One is “ironwillsmith”, next is “bryandilts” and the third is “womanhaterjones”. I guarantee “womanhaterjones” will be eliminated. The other two will have a positive or neutral effect.

Be careful how your email address looks. It is hard to believe, but people actually try to find a job with obscene and hateful email addresses. If you have any doubt about the appropriateness of your address, sign up at gmail or yahoo for an address to use only for the job search.

Vanilla is fine. Positively memorable is fine. Offensive may keep you from getting hired.

Something to do today

It is probably not your problem, just check your email address anyway.

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