Church Employment Articles

  • Share:

Email Addresses and Your Resume

By: Audrey L. Pillow

Almost everyone remembers to proofread their resumes, and most candidates even remember to proofread their cover letters (yes, some companies still require them.) One item that all job seekers should review carefully, but often forget to, is their email address. What does your email address say about you? 

A few years ago, I was recruiting for a coveted position in one of our ministry departments, and a resume came through with decent qualifications, but the email address was inappropriate: princess.cream@something.com. It is very hard to justify contacting what is or could be a serious candidate at DaxDeMan@blah.com or HandsomeHunny@seriously.com. Remember every part of your resume is reviewed not just content, but spelling errors, grammatical challenges, your font and yes, your email address. 

Some hints? Keep it simple. First name dot last name is always a winner. It's easy to remember, and isn't that what you want a recruiter or hiring manager to remember? Will they remember you out of all the candidates if they are emailing john.smith@something.com or will you leave a better impression with BigJS@something.com? I always want my name on the tip of the tongue (or keyboard) of the person making the hiring decision.  

Remember not to call attention to things that an HR person or a hiring manager cannot take into account, such as age, sex, religious affiliations, or even political affiliation. Pointing out that you are a babyboomersdream@something.com or a lucytheliberal@something.com isn't going to get you the job. Make sure you aren't overly cute, either, by having an address such as amgenwantsJaneDoe@something.com. Another pitfall? Don't use your email address at your current employer. It is very unprofessional to use your current company's email capabilities to search for your next job. 

It may seem like such a little thing, but your email address is more important than your physical address. Employers want to know that you are serious and professional. Save the cute email addresses for your friends and family, not your job search. 

Posted in Resume Tips

More Articles

Leading a company that produced large events for a solid decade means I’ve spent a lot of time in green rooms with “important” people. They are often places where everyone talks about ...   Read More
I remember an especially hard year as a leader. It was so bad several members of our staff had told me where I was letting them down. So much for having an “open door policy”. The next year ...   Read More
3 Interview Questions Pastors Must Be Prepared To Answer
In my role at Vanderbloemen Search Group, I get the amazing opportunity to talk daily with pastors seeking their next ministry opportunity. Often, what separates good candidates from the great ones is ...   Read More
How Personal Branding Can Help You in Your Church Job Search
Recently, I was in conversation with one of my colleagues about the importance of personal branding. He looked at me with a quizzical expression on his face as I described it. This stopped me in ...   Read More
The Primary Cause of Job Burnout The gold standard job burnout assessment is the 22-question Maslach Burnout Inventory  (“MBI”) by University of California, Berkeley psychology professor, ...   Read More
More Articles

Books & Resources

  • Professional Resume Writing Service

    Professional Resume Writing Service

    Need to get your resume around but don't know where to start? Our resume writing service will help you get an effective, professional resume. >> More Information
    Add To Cart
  • Professional Resume Tune-Up

    Professional Resume Tune-Up

    How effective is your resume? The quality of your resume will many times dictate the quality of the job interviews and offers you receive. >> More Information
    Add To Cart