So how do I reach you?

It happened again today.  We are hiring, three nice positions are open right now.  We sent out notifications to applicants who indicated a preference to receive updates announcing openings.  And what do we get?  Email bounces.  Lots and lots of email bounces.  I don’t want to see these notices that don’t get to you.  And we don’t have the people resources to contact each one of you and ask you to update your contact info.   So I have a few ideas that should help.  At least this one dilemma.  
So some really basic ideas of staying organized during a job search.   
1.  Make it easy for us to reach you.  Get an email address that you are going to use specifically for job searching.  I have to even say this -but don’t use one with your birthday or birth year or heavymetal love or fuzzy navel, etc. Use your name or some variation of it. Something easy. I strongly encourage and prefer a Gmail account for job seekers. As an HR person, I see the fewest problems with Gmail;  I have the most problems with Yahoo and Hotmail accounts.   
2.  Check that email account.  I have to say this because I have received nasti-grams when people don’t check email and missed our announcements.  And somehow, that’s my fault.  
3.  For you job search, please don’t use an email account that uses a spam filter.  When we send out our notifications, we will receive a percentage back from ISPs like Earthlink that use a spam guard of sorts.  I have to enter a password for my email to get to you.  Guess what? With 50 or 100 of those, I am not going to take the time to do it.  I don’t have the time to do it.  No one has time to do it.  And you are going to miss the announcement.  
4.  If you are fortunate and have found a job, don’t send our office a note back telling us to remove you from our listserv.  Surely, SURELY, you know someone who is looking for a job and could use our notice.  Take the 10 or 15 seconds that it may take you and forward it on, for heaven’s sake.  
5.  Get a phone number that is dedicated to your job search.  How?  Sign up for Google Voice.  When available, you can get a custom phone number and voice-mail that you can forward to any phone number.  It will act as your voice-mail, translate voice-mail that you receive and will email you the message.  The transcription needs some help but it’s pretty darn cool.   So should you receive a call on that phone number, you know it’s about a job.  
Remember, make it easy to reach you.   

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