So one of the things that I do in my position is to hire new property managers to work with our firm so as you can imagine when we post a job we get tons of resumes. So I was sent one that appeared to be a pretty qualified person, had a nice resume, well written, no spelling errors (we'll save that for a later blog) and I was sending a reply email to set up a first telephone interview. As soon as I hit the "reply to" button I noticed her email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" and I had to pause for a second.
So when you are a kid, normally a nickname is something someone tags you with, not your choice. But at home, when no one is watching, and you get to pick your own email address from the infinite amount of possibilities, what does your email address say about you? Would someone judge you, and your ability to get the job done, by your email moniker? Have you ever looked at someones email address and wonder what kind of person they are?
So needless to say I never sent that email to that person who may have been the best employee ever but her email address lost her the opportunity. So when you are looking for a job, a new listing, a new account to manage, whatever your line of work-what does your email address say about you? I have no issues with creativity or freedom of expression, but not when you need to be as normal and professional as you can.
My advice? Change your email address to one that reflects you as a professional, serious person. If you have a crazy one, or a novelty one, keep that for personal use and get a new one for business. There are tons of free providers out there happy to give you a free email, so get two-they are cheap.
How much money do you think your cute or funny email address has cost you over the years?