What’s your first impression? Is it when you first meet someone face to face? Or talk on the phone? In reality, it starts long before then. When you are looking for a new career, your first impression can begin when you submit your resume or fill out an application either on line or in person. These days, with relatively high unemployment, and an even higher population of people underemployed, first impressions can make the difference between getting an interview or circling in cyber space.
One of the first impressions you can convey is your email address. What does it say about you? If your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org it might not say anything about you other than your name might or might not be Jack. If your email address is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org then a potential employer could make an employment decision based on your first impression, your email address.
Now if I am a good HR person, and I like email@example.com ‘s resume, I might just google his email address to see what I get back. If you have a published personal email address that you use for your resume, then be sure and google it so you know what potential employers are looking at to get a snapshot of your life. That includes potential profiles on myspace.com (yes people have old profiles they don’t delete) facebook, spokeo, linkedin, etc. Get your online house in order before you start sending out resumes.