Can your email address work against you in your search for employment? People make snap judgments about you based on your email address. I can remember working in a data support department in corporate and seeing customer database entries like "IMHOT1 at aol.com" listed and these were medical professionals. What judgment would you make about that person? See? Paul Gumbinner talks about the snap judgments people make about your brand based on your email and how it might hold you back in this post.
Read the full post Could Your Email Address Cost You a Job?’on View from Madison Avenue.
Several months ago I wrote about emails being your personal brand. Your name belongs as part of your email address so that recipients can quickly and easily identify you – especially when you are looking for a job. You should never use nicknames, initials, or your high school monikers (e.g. stud@....). So much for that. (Check out the link if you want to know more).
But recently I heard several disparaging remarks about people who use email hosts like AOL and Yahoo! I thought I would make some observations about this.