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MSN on your CV/Resume?

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    Jaz

    Would you include your MSN contact address on your CV/Resume?  I don't see why not, though talking to some others they think it's a bad idea.

    MSN (Windows Messenger) is becoming a standardized workplace tool, should your CV hold it for another way (after home address, home phone/fax and mobile) to get in contact with you?  Would be put off by someone including their MSN Or various other IM implementations, on their CV? 

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    Jeremy W

    Ideally "free" addresses don't reflect very well if you're trying to portray yourself as a professional. This includes Yahoo, MSN and Hotmail (the big ones).

    It isn't so much the "freeness" of it (as many free services are fine), just a certain stigma about it.

    I can't really explain it, but every recruiter I've ever spoken to has cautioned against it. And, really, anything which helps you not get noticed in a negative way is a good thing Smiley

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    Manip

    I always put my e-mail address and haven't had any problems:

    Manip@200-76-26-147.Drugs.PornSalez.net.mx

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    jsrfc58

    Jeremy W. wrote:
    Ideally "free" addresses don't reflect very well if you're trying to portray yourself as a professional. This includes Yahoo, MSN and Hotmail (the big ones).

    It isn't so much the "freeness" of it (as many free services are fine), just a certain stigma about it.

    I can't really explain it, but every recruiter I've ever spoken to has cautioned against it. And, really, anything which helps you not get noticed in a negative way is a good thing Smiley


    I've also heard that using "AOL.com" doesn't look good either (I suppose WallyWorldConnect could be included in that category--wmconnect.com).  But then I have to ask, what do you use?  Do you go out and buy a domain/e-mail if there is this stigma attached to the free ones?  If you leave off the e-mail address, that looks like you aren't really into tech at all.

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    Manip

    I think your missing the *most important point.. What is the job? If you are applying for a non-technical role then an AOL or free account could be fine. If you are applying as a network tech or low level programmer aka non-management.. then maybe not.

    GMail is a good option, it is free but not [yet] 'nooby'.

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    Jeremy W

    I've always had my own domain (many of them in fact).

    Personally I wouldn't go out and buy a domain just for the address, but I'd look for a professional looking domain provider that had free email, if only so you can forward it to your actual email address.

    There are lots of these around. I still have jeremywright@graphic-designer.com even though I haven't been a graphic designer in more than 5 years. I never use it, but it's from a free provider.

    Really, there are only a handful of domains (besides Manip's vast collection) that have any stigma attached to them. And, as these services become more professional that stigma will eventually disappear anyways. But it'll take time and I still say the best advice is to look as professional as you can.

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    DBaakman

    I actually did register a domain name to use on my CV. I knew that my university email address would cease to exist within a few months after my graduation. And using a hotmail account on a CV was not an option in my opinion.

    (But I found a job before my graduation, so I never needed to use my own domain on my CV)

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    jsrfc58

    No, I wouldn't go out and purchase a domain just for the e-mail address, either, and maybe I should have rephrased what I wrote.  I do agree also, that AOL.com (and others) are okay for many jobs, although I was thinking more along the lines of coding jobs/systems work and something I read in an interviewing book a ways back for programmers.  Personally, I think which ISP/e-mail account you use is pretty much irrelevant as long as you can do the job and more importantly, as long as they have a means of contacting you.*


    * - As long as your e-mail address is not something like: DrunkenPartyRocker@xyz.com.

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    sbc

    An email like l33t0n3@hackerz.com may get you noticed. You could get a free one through http://www.mail.com/ (offers emails like myname@techie.com/programmer.net/engineer.com) that may be OK. Looks like Jeremy W got his graphic-designer.com email from them.

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    Jeremy W

    Yup Smiley It worked really well as well as it would forward to my address and if I ever did need to send from the actual graphic-designer.com one I could Smiley

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    Keskos

    Jaz wrote:
    Would you include your MSN contact address on your CV/Resume?  I don't see why not, though talking to some others they think it's a bad idea.

    MSN (Windows Messenger) is becoming a standardized workplace tool, should your CV hold it for another way (after home address, home phone/fax and mobile) to get in contact with you?  Would be put off by someone including their MSN Or various other IM implementations, on their CV? 


    I think it makes sense. Why should you maintain your own domain to look professional. Your domain may have problems, but yahoo or msn are less likely to have problems. Also it is a lifetime email address as long as you use it.

    I have talked to a couple of guys here who are CEOs, and they tell me that it is a pain in the * to maintain their email servers. So hosting your own email address is not a good option, unless you know a good trusted ISP, but even then msn will be more reliable.

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