You may not think your email address is a big deal when applying for a position. You may be correct, depending on your email address. As an HR Professional and Recruiter, I look at email addresses every day. The difference between John.Doe@gmail.com and John.Doe.firstname.lastname@example.org is slight. However, placing what appears to be a year into your email address is not advised. There may be recruiters who assume John Doe was born in 1945, which makes him as of today, 69 years old. Recruiters and companies should not be looking at ages when hiring for positions. We have the ADEA (The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967) to protect older workers (age 40+) from discrimination. Yet, discrimination still happens. Proving discrimination against an organization can be challenging. My recommendations is to keep anything that may appear to be a year off of your email account.
Another style of email I see is the dual email account. For example JaneandJohn.Doe@gmail.com. If you are searching for a position, please use your own account and not one shared with a spouse, friend, sibling, etc. This looks unprofessional and you may not be taken seriously. Email accounts are free, so please have your own account.
Finally, please stay away from the cute email address. IlovePonies@gmail.com may be a fun way to let your friends know about your fondness for ponies. However, this is not a professional way to show you are serious about wanting a position with the company for which you are applying.
Your resume and cover letter are your first impressions. Be aware of how your resume, in full, comes across to the Recruiter you are wanting to impress.
As you can see from the dates of my blog posts, I have not blogged in quite some time. If you come across my blog and have an HR question, please leave a comment here and I would be happy to answer. I will post more HR related items as topics come up.