Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Email Addresses

In lieu of a blog post on yesterday's class I will make a post today instead on the subject of email addresses. I have recently read two articles from two wildly differing sources on the subject that I would like to share my own thoughts on. The first is a CNN post about 20 avoidable job search mistakes. The first one mentioned is not having a professional sounding email:
1. Not using a professional e-mail address.
"It is wonderful that you are proud of your heritage and cultural roots. However, please don't use 'juicygapeach' as your e-mail address," Hudnall says. "There are enough free e-mail hosts out there that you can set up a plain first.last account that is professional and non-descript."

The instructors at AILV were very good about making sure we used the right name for our email addresses. Usually we used our lastname.firstname or if we were going through our own website's mail capability we would use contact or lastname.firstname. But this name does matter in the job seeking world. I have even heard of (but not yet confirmed) that job applications with nontraditional names are thrown out by the software of employers. This could also apply to email addresses too.

The Oatmeal has his own blog post on What your email address says about you. Goes through the list of common email providers like Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and Gmail and gives a pretty good indication of the user's perceived technical ability. Now this isn't meant to be a sweeping generalization of the users of these mail services abilities, nor is it meant to be serious, but it shed light on what kind of impression employers might get from someone using these email companies.

I know that if I were hiring a graphic artist I would be wary of hiring someone with the email address; "gfx@yahoo.com". Similarly I would not hire a programmer with the email address; "leetprogrammin@aol.com". As far as I know AOL was never hip, and Yahoo stopped being popular once Gmail came into existence. Anyway the point is, these email kinds of addresses should be avoided. Gmail is acceptable for designers if you don't know how to set up email from your own domain through Outlook or Thunderbird. If you don't know how, however, you really should talk to a friend who does.


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