Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Just to piggy-back on the excellent responses given by other experts, I would recommend a couple of other small things related to this topic:
#1, Use an email address that is not tied to your university or college.
Some colleges and universities discontinue your email address after a certain amount of time has elapsed, post-graduation. You don’t want copies of your resume, or emails you have sent to employers (or networking contacts) to exist into perpetuity with a defunct address attached to them! Sometimes weeks (or months) after you’ve contacted someone, they suddenly they remember you, and have a job opening or know someone else who does. You want to make sure that these folks can get ahold of you easily, not just now, but also years from now. Additionally, it’s important to establish an email address that is professional and personalized very early on (e.g. email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org). You can even route your school email to the new box, so that all school-related messages will flow directly into this other (professional) box. In this way, you will only have one inbox to manage/check if you don’t want to keep track of two.
#2, Use a cell phone number that is yours alone, and know when and where to answer a call:
I’ve come across a number of new grads/early professionals who don’t have cell numbers listed on their signature line, or they list two telephone numbers, and one is for a parents’ home or for a roommate. I would list only one number, and make it your own. Try to avoid having recruiters or Hiring Managers call anyone but you directly, and leaving messages with a family member or friend. And be careful about when and where you pick up your cell phone! If you are in a crowded, noisy, or otherwise unprofessional environment, with potentially bad reception, let the call go to voicemail. Then head to a quieter place immediately, make sure you have a way to take notes, and call the person back as soon as you possibly can. It’s always better to have a polite and respectful conversation with a recruiter or Hiring Manager in a location where you can concentrate, take notes, and hear one another, versus a hurried and stressful conversation in a place where you can’t.