Is Your Email Address Keeping You From Getting an Interview?

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email_iconCould someone please tell me what’s going on with colleges and universities? But please, not too many details, I may want to send my daughter there one day (although I am anticipating her attending some sort of truck driving school).

My concern is who is guiding our teachers of the future?

Who is showing them the ins and outs of what it takes to be an educator?

How can these schools be handing out diplomas and yet not talking about something that may be keeping their graduates from getting hired.

Email addresses. Sounds simple. In theory.

It makes me wonder if I should be worried about these institutions of higher education. Are their standards high enough?

I should have known something was up when they gave me a diploma. Or three (by the way, that was before email… and indoor plumbing).

Professors of Education spend months teaching their students about lesson plans, yet they don’t have five seconds to share advice on the proper selection of an email address.

How can people spend 4 years in college (or 5, 6, or 7… and if you have been in college longer, I hope they call you Dr.) and then send out an application letter (or preferably email) with something so heinous and inappropriate on it.

I was under the impression that signing up for an email address was simple. I thought Gmail and Hotmail were giving them away like candy. The kids these days, with their knowledge of technology should be able to handle this.

Evidently, I must be wrong.

A candidate mails (or again… preferably emails) a resume. The interviewee looks it over. Everything is in order. GPA looks impressive. References are excellent. Degree is perfect for the open position.

And there it is.

The cool guy/cool girl email address.

The address that was so very funny only days before. Funny to the person who thought of it. Funny when the person wasn’t completely sober.

Funny on Facebook.

Turns out a prospective employer might not be as amused as your roommate who thinks everything is funny.

Examples include drunkenpartygod@email.com… or hotsororitygirl@email.com.

I am sure these addresses served an important purpose at one time in a college student’s life. Probably a highly illegal purpose, but as always I am not here to judge.

Since colleges are evidently not teaching this invaluable lesson and the drunkenpartygod and the hotsororitygirl lack a certain degree of common sense, I feel it is my obligation to pass on this advice (plus, I get a pet peeve off my chest).

When you move towards the end of your college experience… find a new email address (you know you can have more than one…).

Prospective employers are looking for someone who is structured, trustworthy, and good with kids.

Not a wingman. Or a date.

Candidates spend time choosing which information to include on a resume, what font to use, and what color of fancy paper on which to print it.

Can’t they spend 10 seconds signing up for an employer appropriate email address?

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22 Responses to “Is Your Email Address Keeping You From Getting an Interview?”


  1. Jessica aka: PrincipalJ
    on Apr 13th, 2009
    @ 6:14 am

    This is great—I’m laughing, because it is SO true. However, I don’t believe the colleges should be spending much time teaching this—it should be common sense! Something else they need to pay attention to when interviewing for jobs is what their voice message is. It’s time to change that sucker when you’re expecting a professional call!!
    People just always amaze me.


  2. Theresa M.
    on Apr 13th, 2009
    @ 7:13 am

    We spend some time talking to our HS business students when we cover resumes. We mention just what you say – partygirl69@yahoo might be funny but it is not what you want to sent to an employer. Some get it and most recognize that they never thought about it! My own child will soon have to give up her “bratty” email address in favor of a more mature sounding email to share with future colleagues and employers. Have hope that other teachers are bringing this topic up.


  3. Diane
    on Apr 13th, 2009
    @ 1:51 pm

    Not one of my professors ever brought this up. However, it was covered extensively during the student teacher orientation I attended.

    Common sense seems to be in short supply these days-as evidenced by the stuff that gets posted on computers and passed around via cell phones.


  4. Eduguy101
    on Apr 13th, 2009
    @ 7:15 pm

    Great points made here. This should go on the list of the shortcomings of teacher preparation programs and colleges in general.


  5. Bicknell
    on Apr 15th, 2009
    @ 6:52 pm

    got one today… not as good as yours but… angieluvscats@…

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Bicknell, People have been asking me if this really happens… YES…. it does… all the time.

    Thanks for backing me up.

    And I think you have to hire someone who loves cats.


  6. C. Nielsen
    on Apr 27th, 2009
    @ 9:25 am

    Hmmmm that’s a cool idea.


  7. Kasey
    on Apr 28th, 2009
    @ 7:08 am

    This is very important when looking for a job. I recently had my birth year as part of my email (which I recently changed) and have gotten a better response in my job search. After reading this article, I found that I may be disqualifying myself from the get-go: http://vjournal.com/email-address

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Kasey, Thanks for the link. Good luck with your job search.


  8. Retiring
    on May 2nd, 2009
    @ 11:18 pm

    If I ever have a blog, I hope it’s as good as this one.


  9. Leo
    on May 7th, 2009
    @ 12:25 am

    I usually do not comment on blog posts but I found this quite interesting, so here goes. Thanks for the great ideas and thoughts about interviewing!


  10. Jean
    on May 7th, 2009
    @ 4:21 am

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.


  11. Kam
    on May 11th, 2009
    @ 11:06 am

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.


  12. portrait painters
    on May 13th, 2009
    @ 6:36 am

    I have been trying to make a list of resources for a project i am doing so thanks for the info. Big fan of cats myself!


  13. Tim
    on May 19th, 2009
    @ 5:54 am

    Well…..I agree with most of the things you said.


  14. Kate V.
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 2:03 pm

    Really cool blog. I found it on yahoo. I am looking forward to reading more posts.


  15. ResumeCindy
    on Aug 14th, 2009
    @ 11:51 am

    Thanks for this. Just subscribed.


  16. Stephanie
    on Sep 4th, 2009
    @ 5:00 am

    It’s hard to believe that people are this foolish.


  17. John
    on Oct 22nd, 2009
    @ 12:02 pm

    How about this guy with an ED. D.?
    Bestboy@hotmail.com

    True Story. I received that email on a resume about 5 years ago. Doesn’t it just scream pedophile?


  18. Mark Senn
    on Oct 25th, 2009
    @ 7:22 pm

    Is it ok to have a goofy looking avatar or a pet cam on my website if I want to be taken seriously?


  19. Anthony D.
    on Dec 31st, 2009
    @ 9:22 pm

    I think its funny when a parent emails me and their email address is something totally inappropriate or gives away too many clues about their personal life. This is similar to how people dress at work or school they don’t know what’s for the club and what’s for work.


  20. Jonas Watling
    on Mar 7th, 2010
    @ 2:40 am

    Following the blog. Good stuff!

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