Recruiters and hiring managers have seen it all when it comes to the worst email addresses ever. Although most people know they should put a decent and representative email on their resume, you would be surprised about how many people don’t. Innocent high school Hotmail email directions are just the light version, email@example.com is probably not the greatest email account to score a job but it’s not very inappropriate, either. Still, as a job candidate, you need to realize that your resume probably will immediately end up on the “no pile” if you have a weird or inappropriate email address.
Some recruiters even claim they don’t open emails from abroad if they come from a Hotmail / Gmail/other free account because they don’t know if it’s safe and are afraid to be invaded by viruses or other malware. Although that may be a little extreme, in our mind, after all, not everyone has a university or corporate email address they can or want to use. And it is important to be conscious about the email address you´re putting on your resume to increase the chances of success for finding a job.
Thanks to their experience reviewing thousands and thousands of resumes, recruiters agree that below categories are the worst because they are simple so unprofessional and therefore will immediately kill your chances of getting the job:
1. Email addresses that mention body parts
This may seem common sense but you would be surprised how many email addresses contain words like “booty”, “boobs” or things like “hotblondie”.
2. Email addresses that contain curse words
Again, this is not rocket science but seriously, don’t ever include curse words in your email address. Especially not when you’re planning to put that email address on a resume or a job application.
3. Email addresses that include references to sex
Yep, it probably can’t get any more logic than this but don´t put any references to sex in your email address. So, no things like “sexy”, “grinder”, “bumper”, “pussy”, etc. You might think that nobody would even dare to send a resume with such an email address to an employer, but you´re wrong. Want to see some more fun examples?
Yes, believe it or not, some people really sent job applications with these email addresses.
4. Email addresses that contain info unrelated to the job
Oh, the number of email addresses that come with info unrelated to the job, like:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Unless you´re applying for a job to play the piano in a bar every Friday night)
It’s great that you’re proud of your hobbies and although such email addresses are obviously not as inappropriate as the categories mentioned above, it is still not professional and just not relevant. An employer doesn’t need to know about your sports or hobbies just from your email address.
5. Email addresses that include Bible quotes
Also, a big no-no, email addresses containing Bible quotes. Keep your faith to yourself, for now. Again this is not professional nor relevant.
Along with the aforementioned examples, here are some more examples of crazy email addresses that people actually used on their resumes when applying for a job:
How to Avoid Ending Up on the List of the Worst Email Addresses Ever
If you’re concerned your email address will wind up on the next edition of the worst email addresses ever, you’re in luck. Here are five tips you can use to bolster your resume and ensure your email address won’t hamper your ability to land your dream job.
1. Create an Email Address Specifically for Job Applications
It often helps to use your first name, followed by your last name, for your email address. This makes it clear to a potential employer who you are. Plus, it makes it easy for a prospective employer to search their inbox for any messages you’ve sent.
If you don’t already have an email address specifically designed for job applications, now may be the time to set one up. You can create an email address that’s professional. Meanwhile, you can share your email address with any employer, at any time.
2. Track Your Emails
Once you set up an email address for job applications, monitor it regularly. Ideally, you’ll want to check your inbox at least once a day. If an employer follows up with you via email regarding your job application submission, respond to their message as soon as you can. Because, the sooner you respond to a potential employer’s email, the sooner you can move forward in your quest to land your dream job.
3. Put Your Email Address on Your Phone
Add your email address for job applications to your smartphone. This allows you to receive an instant notification when you get a message regarding a job application. Also, you can respond to the message directly from your phone.
4. Verify Your Email Address on Your Resume Is Up to Date
Ensure the email address on your resume is active. If there are any spelling errors in the email address, a potential employer won’t be able to reach you.
5. Confirm the Email Address on Your LinkedIn Account
It often helps to include the same email address you use on resumes on your LinkedIn account. By doing so, you’ll make it easy for recruiters to connect with you via email.
Avoid a Spot on the List of the Worst Email Addresses Ever
If you’re a job seeker, please, try to stick to a “normal” email address and make sure you´re being taken seriously. Because, obviously with the above-mentioned email addresses you won’t be getting the job!
Finally, if you want extra help as you pursue your next career opportunity, BOS Staffing can help. We’re a professional staffing agency that can help you optimize your resume and engage with a wide range of potential employers. For more information, reach out to us today.
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