Sometimes, it’s all in the name. You can tell a lot about a person’s character based on a name. Maybe even decide on whether or not to hire them or lend to them, based on a name.
Before anybody gets worked up by this, I’m not referring to said person’s name. Rather, I’m referring to the name of their email service!
You might recall a post here that discussed how an old, uncool email address could impact one’s job prospects. In other words, such an email address might harm your image with potential employers or business partners, and negatively impact your income potential. I floated the idea here, and it generated some interesting discussion. There are clearly some folks that raise an eyebrow at older email platforms such as AOL, Yahoo, or Hotmail, making inferences about those who still use such accounts actively.
Picking up on that theme, I came across a recent article on lifeinc that discussed email addresses and another variable: credit scores. Essentially, a 3rd party analysis that the article referenced apparently showed that based on a study, holders of certain email addresses tend to have higher credit scores than those with others. Interestingly, based on the information provided, it appears that those people with Gmail accounts tended to have higher credit scores than those with AOL, Yahoo, or Hotmail accounts.
I know there are people that might dismiss the results for whatever reason, and I’m not making an assessment on its merits. Rather, taking it at face value, it’s simply a body of work that is spelling out a difference in credit scores based on email service.
What’s interesting to me is how this aligns with the prior discussion we’ve had on the so-called “uncool” email adresses can potentially impact one’s chances for a job. Clearly, there are some people who might make assessments about people just on the basis of an email address. This might seem silly to many, but just the reality that it’s not silly to many others indicates that this concept might have some applicability.
So, given that there’s already a bias with some against such addresses, can this type of news help? Probably not. Fair or not, this type of information gives some legs to the perceptions some have about these email address holders.
And as we know, in many situations in life, perception is reality – no matter how silly or irrational it might seem to some!
My Questions for You
What do you think about this additional information on email addresses and credit scores?
Taken together with other perceptions of job seekers previously discussed here, would this influence you to make sure you had a well-perceived email address?