Fools Rush In

By, 09/16/2011

During my time as a corporate recruiter for Fisher Investments, I sifted through plenty of resumes. As I sifted, I was hoping to find golden nuggets--resumes that jumped out at me for one reason or another. Of course, I was ideally looking to “strike it rich” by finding resumes that shone because the experiences and skills were the exact fit for the job. Every now and then, though, my eye caught the flint of something different altogether. Sometimes this was the candidate’s intention, as they decided to include a catchy phrase, quote, or even picture.

But the true fool’s gold was the resume that drew attention from something entirely unintentional. Often I would need to do a double take just to be sure I wasn’t seeing things. I was always in awe someone would decide to use a personal email address that was obviously too personal to be shared with a complete stranger. The quote below comes from a recent Forbes article and reminded me of all those email addresses that had me wondering who the person was behind them – something I just had to share.

“Final housekeeping note: Have a professional e-mail address for prospective employers to email you at that is your first and last name, if possible. It takes a few minutes to set up a free Gmail account. Who is going to take you seriously if your e-mail is partygirl@aol.com?”