Wacky E-mail Address Is Not Helpful in Landing a Job

April 18, 2003 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - "LarryLoonyLamb" and "elvisthechicken2003" need not apply for open positions in the United Kingdom.

Yahoo! Mail discovered that the majority of HR managers in the UK will push aside those applications that come from e-mail address that cast the applicant in a less-that-serious light. Instead, the head of production at the mail provider, Alick Mighall, suggests keeping your digital addresses “boring and businesslike,” according to a CNET News.com report.

Therein lies the rub though, as the majority of would-be résumé posters find the simple “yourname@ISP.com” to be taken. This leads some job searchers to seek out an alternative communication and one that is not highly recommended: sending your résumé via the work e-mail.

While the convention is invariably sensible, 36% of HR managers believed that it was inappropriate and may harm the chances of the applicant, not to mention a plethora of “digital blunders” that can come from a résumé going to an unintended recipient.

For example, a résumé may be sent internally by accident, or it may be picked up by system administrators in the event of some kind of network problem or wrongly addressed reply, leading Mighall to say, “at best, job applicants who send their (résumés) from their work e-mail will be seen to have poor judgment. At worst, they will be earmarked as potential e-mail abusers, especially since many companies are tightening up on their internal e-mail rules.”

Not to mention that such action definitely grabs the attention of the retention minded HR departments, as only 9% of those polled said they would take no action if they discovered an employee using a work e-mail address to look for another job.To that end, more than a quarter (26%) said they would start monitoring the employee’s e-mail address more closely if they believed the work e-mail was being used for sending out job applications.