In your personal life, one can do and be whatever one wants. When you are job hunting, one thing you need to remember: don’t mix your personal life with your job/ career/ business life.
Your email address can say a lot about you, and like it or not, it may be one reason you are still unemployed.
Examples: firstname.lastname@example.org, may in fact describe you, but the VAST majority of HR people will get a negative impression about what you are all about. Same with: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and many many more email addresses that we can’t list here.
Use your brain. Among your friends these silly addresses may get you points and convey your attitude. Among business people, they are a severe turnoff. And your goal in applying to jobs is to get a job, isn’t it?
Don’t think, “Any company that doesn’t like my email address isn’t worth working for”. You will never know how good that company would have been to you if you had used a vanilla email address like: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t let the recipient have a reason to hit the “delete” key … until after the interview.
Just change your address. Use a new gmail account. Most ISP’s will let you have multiple addresses. Keep your fluffy one if you want, but don’t use it for job hunting, please.
By the way, I get over 1,000 applications per week.
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