What’s in a name?
Pronexia’s Director of Candidate Relations – Marina Byezhanova – blogged recently about the frustration she found as a jobseeker on the market*; her CV was not being retained because of her not-local last name. Marina found instead that she got a much better response when she followed up with a call to the recruiter – who would then realize that despite her name, she was fluent and clear spoken and more than capable of the job!
It may seem ridiculous to state, but names are important.
(If your email address is email@example.com than firstname.lastname@example.org, this is also disconcerting to the recruiter and it might be wise to create a new email especially for your search).
To be fair, autocorrect can be sneaky and inconvenient in these circumstances; it may be that on sending the email, the spelling was corrected automatically. In which case, candidates are forgiven when the same version of misspelling is used throughout. However, if you misspell a name 3 different ways in either the same correspondence or over a series of emails, there’s a problem here. Especially when you have the correct spelling in the very email address you are emailing.
Attention to detail, professionalism, and common sense are traits that all our clients consider important.
(Showing up for an interview but not remembering who you are there to meet is not a sign of maturity)