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Handle resumes with care

Don\'t forget where you\'re @


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If you’re one of the nearly 40 percent of adult workers looking to change jobs in the next 12 months, you may want to get a new e-mail address.

And since submitting a resume by e-mail is quickly becoming the standard operating procedure for most job seekers, employers may find out more than they want about prospective employees before they ever read the body of their e-mail, according to Spherion Corporation, a recruiting and staffing company with more than 650 offices in the U.S. and Canada.

The most obvious mistake e-mail candidates make is to use expressive e-mail handles rather than their own names, according to Don Weis, vice president of national recruitment for the company. “HotBabe” or “StudMan” are two examples of e-mail handles that might give pause to employers who are sensitive to sexual harassment and discrimination issues. (Plus, if you do get hired, you’ll have a reputation that might be hard to live up to.)

But also worth censoring are the seemingly harmless handles such as “WineLover,” “FastCar” or even “Sherlock,” because you never know what impression that’s making with the hiring party, Weis says.

But even more telling than sexy names or libation hobbies is what comes after the “@” symbol. If you’re sending your resume from your work e-mail, it sends a signal that you’re not adverse to doing personal errands on company time.

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