I recently read an email newsletter from Daily Worth (a blog geared towards women that talks money) – Want a New Job? Ditch That Old Email.
In the article the author sited a source that stated:
“If an applicant applies for a job with us and is still using Hotmail or Yahoo for email, they’re immediately eliminated,” one successful CEO said.
While I do agree that employers and recruiter, will use whatever they can to cull thru the large amounts of resumes they receive in the economic downturn; this method is crap. An uncool domain how ridiculous is that. I know people who still have AOL email addresses. Why? Because they’ve used them for years and don’t want to switch over. It is a hassle.
With so many email services out there at some point they will all become uncool. I’m an advocate for getting your own domain even if you don’t put up a website. It’s cheap and easy to do. You can get your own name and in most cases still use the email services you already use. Gmail for example allows you to send and receive email from an external domain.
Seriously who wants to work for a company that eliminates potentially great candidates because of the domain they are using for their email. It says more about how superficial they are than anything else.
Typos, sloppy grammar and a host of other things I can see as legitimate reasons for eliminating candidates but an uncool domain?! Someone said it perfectly:-
This is ridiculous. Really, truly, ridiculous.
A Yahoo, Hotmail, or AOL email address could signal that you’re not exactly tech-savvy—or not comfortable with change. Gmail (or a personal domain) is considered leading edge.
Source: Daily Worth
Get real. People who are not tech-savy use Gmail. Changing your email address is a hassle if you’ve been using it for years. And not every service makes it easy to export your contacts. If you’re worried about companies that take part in this ridiculous practice get a personal domain. You’ll never have to worry about your domain being uncool…your name will never be trendy. Well, unless of course you get famous.