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Professionalism and Your Email Address

Posted by Chad Sines on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Professional DevelopmentTechnology and as important, professionalism when dealing with technology remains the most frequent weaknesses in allied health.

Today’s topic is a combination of both professional development and technology. It is a critical issue that is often overlooked and sadly many healthcare specialists do not realize how it may be affecting their opportunities.

It used to be that you walked into an office, looked someone right in the eye, shook their hand and presented yourself. Working in a virtual environment means there is little face-to-face contact. Your instructors, networking contacts, recruiters, and eventually employers only know you by what you show them. One of the first things you say about yourself is through your email address. Sexy_mt@, mtmammawannabe@... is just not professional. It makes an initial statement that you most likely do not want. Not only does it mean that someone seeing your email address has no way to recall who you are (you want them to see your email and think of your name instantly), but it also comes across as unprofessional. In speaking to many recruiters over the years, one of the most recurrent themes is that unprofessional emails result in shredded resumes. Scary to think just how many MTs might have trouble finding a job simply because of an email address.

So here are some non-negotiables when it comes to your professional email address:
  • Avoid references to your hobbies, politics, religion, children, marital status, etc. While these are things to be very proud of, they should be used for personal communication only and not professional/educational communication.
  • Your email needs to have your name in it and be clear, i.e. firstname.lastname@, lastname.firstname@, firstnamelastname@, etc. 

So go ahead and get started on the right foot. If you cannot create a new email with your Internet host, visit gmail.com and click Create New Account. Go ahead, do it now, and begin using your new professional email for all your professional correspondence. Reply in the comments below when you have made your new email and started using it.

Topics: Professional Development