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by Mike Arsenault, Vice President of Candidate Services

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Bradley-Morris answers questions from transitioning military job seekers.

Q: I’ll be transitioning out in 12 months and a friend of mine said the first thing I need to do is change my email because any employer I interview with can track me with it. What is he talking about?

A:  Email addresses can be considered part of your calling card. It is an initial impression, especially when it is on your resume. Imagine having a superb resume and the contact email address is bobandsusie@aol.com, whiskeybill@gmail.com or resistauthority@yahoo.com. Don’t be surprised if a hiring manager moves on to the next candidate. It is best to go with your name and/or something professional. But beware, if you have a professional name moniker already, you may want to think about opting for a fresh start.

It’s no secret that some employers are using social media to find out as much information as possible about a potential employee. One technique to do more “research” on job seekers is by using the email address listed on a resume. I’d suggest you Google your email address now and see what pops up. Depending on the length of time you’ve had it, you may get pages of results which include the 5k race you ran last year, the directory for your college alumni association, etc. But you may also find those partially insensitive comments that you may have made about politics or the website that you’re a member of that might send shivers down the spine of a hiring manager. Photos and images can also be attached to your email. A Google search of your email address under Google’s image tag may surprise you.

 

Even if your web search doesn’t reveal any questionable results, also be aware that search engines don’t necessarily return the exact same results for each user. Results can vary depending on the physical address of and the “cookies” that are already saved on that particular browser. We can’t possibly remember all of our posts, purchases or memberships online that might be associated with our current email address, so it’s best to start fresh when you begin your job search.

Mike Arsenault is Vice President of Candidate Services at military placement firm Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at) bradley-morris.com.

 

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