As a recruiter or hiring manager, you have probably seen it all. 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. And 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, 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:
- Email addresses that contain 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”.
- 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.
- Email addresses that contain 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 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 fun examples?
Yes, believe it or not, people really sent a job application with such email addresses.
- Email addresses that contain info unrelated to the job
Oh, the number of email addresses that come with info unrelated to the job. Lovefishing@xxxx.com Godawgs_biggestfan@xxxx.com 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.
- Email addresses that contain 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.
Here are some more examples of crazy email addresses that people actually used on their resumes when applying for a job:
If you´re a job seeker, please, try to stick to a “normal” email addresses (e.g. first name and last name, maybe?) and make sure you´re being taken seriously. Because obviously with above-mentioned email addresses you won´t be getting the job!
What are the worst email addresses you have seen on a resume? We would love to read about it in the comments section!