Is Your Email Address Hurting Your Job Search?
I have been using an AOL email address for several years, but I was recently told that it could hurt my chances for getting called for a flight attendant interview. Is this true?
What Your Email Says About You
The email you use for your flight attendant resume or application says a lot about you. AOL email has been around for a long time. In fact, it was one of the very first email providers. Unfortunately, if you are still using an AOL email, you are dating yourself and not presenting yourself in the best possible light. Many recruiters frown upon not only AOL email, but also Yahoo, Hotmail and Comcast, to name a few, Why? Because flight attendants today are frequently expected to work with computers both in the classroom and on highly sophisticated aircraft with touch screens. An outdated email account says that you may not be able to handle airline computer technology. If you really want to be professional and up to date with current technology, you should have a Google Gmail account. It’s easy to sign up for one here and you can set up mail forwarding from your old email accounts. You don’t have to get rid of your old accounts, but I recommend that you use the Gmail account for all airline correspondence.
Here are some other tips about your personal email:
- Do not use a military email (.mil).
- Do not use your college email (.edu).
- Do not use a company email (where you work)
- Try to include your name in the email, e.g. [email protected] or [email protected]. If the name you want is taken, just add a number as a suffix, but try not to use a 1 or 0. Also, do not use your year of birth or graduation or anything that will reveal your age.
- Don’t try to create a clever email address that would make you appear unprofessional like “[email protected]” or “do[email protected]”. These are turnoffs for any recruiter.
- Don’t use an email shared by your family, e.g. [email protected].
- Don’t use an email that may be off color or have a political point of view.
Don’t overlook the importance of having a proper email by following the above guidelines. Since flight attendant recruiters review thousands of resumes, you need to do everything you can to present a professional image.
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