First impressions are huge for dental hygiene job seekers and one of your first with potential employers is your e-mail address. Is yours making a good impression?
All In the Family (example: email@example.com)
E-mail addresses are free and most people have more than one nowadays. Never use a shared one – it makes it look like you aren’t savvy enough to create your own, which could lead offices to think you aren’t up to speed on the latest technology. Or they might also wonder if a message will actually get to YOU.
Provocative or Vain (example: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com )
It used to be fun to come up with interesting or unforgettable e-mail addresses – sorta like a vanity license plate – but that’s so 1990s. When applying for a job, you really need to portray an air of complete professionalism. The only similar exception to this at the bottom – when it relates to your passion for dental hygiene.
Too Much Information (example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sometimes when we can’t have just our name we put it in combination with something like an important year in our life. Caution: for those sensitive to age discrimination this may be a dead giveaway.
Not Enough Information (example: email@example.com)
Some create cryptic addresses or ones that just have initials and a number. These addresses are harder to type in and impossible to remember. If it’s hard to type in, you run the risk they will type it wrong and you’ll never hear from them (even though they tried).
Mixing Work with Personal (example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some employers give you an e-mail address… for work (servicing clients, communicating with suppliers, etc.), not for personal reasons. You’ll put a bad taste in a potential employers mouth if you use your work e-mail to apply for a job with them. Whether true or not, they might assume you sent it while at work – an even bigger no-no.
Here’s the right way to create a professional e-mail address that helps your chances of getting that job.
Really Good (example: emilyjonesRDH@gmail.com or email@example.com)
Create an address with your first and last name and throw in RDH at the end. There’s a good chance that adding RDH will guarantee you can include your first and last name without any need for numbers or symbols. Your name is your most important brand symbol (think of it as your company name) – you want that in front of potential employers as much as possible so it sticks.
Also Acceptable (examples: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
If you have a flare for creativity, you can create some fun ones that are memorable and not out of line as a job applicant. I still don’t think this type is best but I also don’t think it will hurt your chances.