These days, the job market isn’t exactly robust and thriving as it might have been in years past. Sure, things were especially tough a year or two ago, but it’s clear we’re still in a down cycle these days. The consequence of this is that employers can be picky when evaluating prospective job candidates – particularly in the resume screening phase.
A recent post on Couple Money about resume mistakes included a link to an interesting article in Daily Worth on how having an old email address could impair your chances to land a job. In this case, old refers to uncool. Examples that were given of such email addresses were those of Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL.
Yes, if you have a personal email account with one of these domains, you may not be seen as being tech-savvy or with the times by some people. That’s the implication! One person was noted as saying that applicants with such email addresses are given “demerits”, and another person indicated that people with those domains are “immediately eliminated”.
Now, I would have to think that it wouldn’t matter to most companies if you have an email address with one of those domains. However, clearly there are some employers who do seem to care. Perhaps it depends on the industry in which the company is operating, or the culture of the company. Either way, what type of personal email address you have does matter to some people.
My instant conclusion on this specific matter was that having an “uncool” email address can cost you money!
At first blush, that seems far fetched as a general statement, and a bit extreme. However, while it probably won’t hurt you in most cases, it probably doesn’t help either. Therefore, why not get a more “socially acceptable” email address domain – like Gmail?
When interviewing and competing against other qualified candidates, the best person doesn’t always get the job. That’s reality. Also, there are innumerable subjective assessments that people make about candidates, and many personal biases can come into play too. It’s just the way it is.
The same goes for other aspects of the job hunting. How we dress, what we say, how we format our resume, how we shake hands….all are example of things that, unless glaring, don’t really indicate who is the most qualified person for the job. Somebody could be really smart, tenacious, and have great people skills – yet not get a job due to a seemingly extraneous factor.
Weird, isn’t it? It just seems so inefficient!
That’s the reality of competing for a job these days, so fair or not, it’s best to be aware of such unwritten requirements and go into it by putting yourself in position to succeed. It impacts your finances!
My Questions for You:
What do you think about the premise that an uncool email address can disqualify a candidate?
Have you seen or heard of people getting passed over for a job opportunity due to something seemingly inane?