Its often been said that little things can have a big impact – and so I hope you will receive today’s dental hygiene job hunting tip with that in mind.
The problem with small things is they are easy to over look or put off, yet collectively and sometimes even individually, they really do help differentiate yourself from others.
So today’s recommendation is that you take another look at your e-mail address. Some of you have a great, professional e-mail address for job hunting. Others use one you’ve always used and maybe it’s functional but doesn’t really communicate what you want it to.
An e-mail address that communicates something??? Sounds strange, I know, but again it points to taking care of all the small things to create a positive result.
Here are six types of e-mail addresses dental hygiene job seekers should avoid using and two that work great.
All In the Family (example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
E-mail addresses are free and most people have more than one nowadays. So there’s really no reason to share one for job hunting purposes – it could send a message that you are not savy or pro-active enough to create a personal one, which could lead employers to thinking you aren’t up to speed on technology. Or they might even wonder if a message will actually get to YOU.
Provocative or Vain (example: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org )
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 attitude of complete professionalism. The only exception to this would be my last example – when it relates to your passion for dental hygiene.
Too Much Information (example: email@example.com)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 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) and you are missing an opportunity to communicate something real and more meaningful.
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.
Time to Cut the Strings (example: email@example.com)
No doubt you’ve had a great experience in dental hygiene school (okay, you can laugh now)! But, seriously, for some soon-to-be or new grads still hanging on to that e-mail address you got through your college, it’s time to get an address that doesn’t convey how inexperienced you are.
Okay, we’ve slammed all the wrong ways enough. Here’s the right way to create a professional e-mail address that portrays you as a serious job seeker.
Really Good (example: emilyjonesRDH@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 an 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. So making it clear and identifiable within your e-mail address is a small, but smart thing.
Also Acceptable (examples: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 hurts much.
Most e-mail service providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail have the ability for you to have multiple e-mail addresses that go into one box. You just need to look up what the settings are for your provider. That saves you the hassle of having to check multiple accounts and potentially missing something important.