|E-Mail and Voicemail Failings|
|Written by Abby Kohut|
Regardless of the economy, one principle holds true when interviewing with recruiters on all edges of the earth – you only have a few seconds to make a first impression. This applies to interviews, phone screens, e-mails and most of all, resumes.
What you do on the weekends and evenings with your friends and how you communicate with one another is clearly not a recruiter's concern. However, it becomes our concern when it spills into your work persona.
If you have an e-mail address called disco_king @ yahoo.com or gun_lover @ gmail.com, I implore you to create a new address that indicates your level of professionalism. Make an attempt to use an e-mail address this is as close to your name as possible. For example, johndoe @ yahoo.com is better than jdoe @ yahoo.com. Why? Because it's easier for a recruiter and your networking connections to remember.
While we're on the topic of professionalism, pretend that you are a recruiter and call yourself on both your cell phone and home phone number. Listen to your voicemail message. Does it scream of intelligence, maturity, and passion? If not, re-record it immediately. For those of you who have a song playing before your voicemail starts, choose a song that is professional, regardless of whether you personally like it. You are never going to be listening to it anyway so it's more important that it does not turn a recruiter or Human Resources professional away. Opting for music without words is the best bet. Stay away from songs such as "I'm Just a Love Machine" or "My Girl Wants to Party All the Time".
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
When you are searching for a job, anything and everything that you do is being evaluated. Regardless of what anyone tells you, this is a fact. Choosing an unprofessional e-mail name and having an unprofessional voicemail may indicate a lack of judgment to some, a lack of responsibility to others and a lack of maturity to the rest. There will be plenty of time for you to show your true personality once you have had some time to acclimate to your new company. As usual with job seeking, patience is a virtue!