If you’re looking for a job, it probably pays to switch to Google mail so that you aren’t prejudged as old-fashioned — or just old. Especially if you’re applying for a job in a company that sees itself as cutting edge. And yet, despite all the social ridicule heaped on AOL users nowadays, I still choose to stay with AOL. Why? And why should you care?
Well, you actually might not care. But since this is my blog, sometimes it’s fun to go off topic a bit. And maybe it might amuse you to know more about me, even if only in this one way.
Why I haven’t switched from AOL yet (and probably won’t)
First and foremost, it’s easy to stay put, especially with years of my e-address being out there. Plus I’m not looking for a job. But I do advise job search clients to go to something more widely embraced, like Google, if they don’t want judgmental employers heaping all kinds of assumptions on them.
I also choose to stay put because it bugs me that people jump to conclusions based on superficial things. If anyone thinks I know nothing about online technology based on my choice of AOL as my email provider, they are in for a rude awakening.
And that’s just fine with me. 🙂 <= Yup. Using a smiley face. Also often sneered at by the same types of folks.
Oh the cruelty of ye who judge
I was watching Stephen Colbert on The Late Show a few weeks ago. He was making fun of Hillary Clinton for going after AOL users with a big ad buy to try to get more donors and followers.
He was really smirking it up. “Who are the AOL users?” he asked. Then looking right at us (well, right at the camera), he pressed home: AOL users, he made clear, are just a bunch of tech unsavvy and largely old people.
Yup. Silly of a presidential candidate to go after at least 15% of the voting public, especially a group that is actually more statistically likely to vote — and DONATE. Silly Clinton team.
Oh Stephen … how cold that was. How utterly cruel your words were for those of us who still have value despite our sad choice of email provider.
OK. Rant over now.
As I said, sometimes when you have a blog, it feels good to just go off-track for a bit. And so I did. Even if some of it was a bit tongue-in-cheek.
But readers, please do not be led astray by my line in the sand. You need to do what’s best for you at this stage of your career. You still have ample time to become hardened to what the world says about you because of the email service you use — or whatever else. And you can always create a Google email address just for job search.
So for those of you who stuck it out long enough to read this all the way through, here are some important job search tips, that go well beyond just best email practices, to help you find that job you deserve: