Can Your Email Address Affect Your Job Search?
With the job market being more competitive than ever, you need to be sure your CV is up to scratch and that includes your email address. Can having an unsavory or embarrassing email address affect your job search you may ask, the answer is yes...
UK job search site AdView have analysed the webmail providers and email addresses of their database of millions of users to see what impact, if any, your email address has on your job search.
AdView explained, “Gmail has proved consistently to be the most popular webmail provider for job seekers for some time now. Last month over half a million Gmail users received jobs by email. Hotmail came second with over 350,000 jobs seekers using this webmail provider. Altogether 71.2% of job seekers last month used either Gmail or Hotmail in their job search.”
So do candidates’ choice of email address have any impact on their job search?
“Though we’ve yet to see any evidence of job seekers’ chosen webmail provider affecting their job search success, your choice of address could affect your applications.” continued Brady.
“It’s no secret that employers prefer applicants with professional sounding email addresses that include both their first and second name. “That said, job seekers may want to note that this can be more difficult with the more popular providers since names are often already taken.”
We would recommend avoiding email addresses with any slang or inappropriate words when applying for jobs. Aim for something professional that easily identifies you as a candidate such as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit: Recruiting Times