Do Recruiting Professionals need a company email address?

A client and I have been having this ongoing discussion about what kind of first impressions Recruiting Professionals are making when they send an email from an AOL, GMAIL or Hotmail account.

As a candidate, client or as a Recruiting Professional ~

Is it important to have a company email address? Why or Why not?

What kind of impression does a Recruiting professional give you when they send an email from a NON-COMPANY email address?

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Comment by Adam Riemer on April 18, 2011 at 2:22pm
For me it looks more professional and legit if the email is coming from a company address.  With domains and hosting being extremely affordable and content management systems like wordpress which are free, there is no reason someone couldn't set up a professional looking company site and email address for under $100 and in less than a day on their own.  When I get emails from free email providers I usually delete them instantly because it looks like its a scam or a mass mailing.  Using your client's email address though could give away the client and let the candidate go directly to them which could be a bad thing too.  Having your own company email address would be the best option.  Just a thought.
Comment by Tim Keene on April 19, 2011 at 8:49am
I agree with Adam.  Its so cheap to set up a real email address for yourself these days, there's no reason not to.  It looks much more professional, and I think is much less likely to get deleted before its read.
Comment by Valentino Martinez on April 19, 2011 at 8:49pm

While it makes professional and functional sense to have a company or an official email address--having a "professional email address" doesn't necessarily mean you're legit, professional or even viable.  And if you're swayed either way, that's your bias showing.  Some start-ups are starting up...I always consider the player(s) involved before I consider ignoring them.


I've seen the credentials of some so-called "professional recruiters" on LinkedIn and elsewhere and wonder how they landed the position/company they represent.

Comment by Sandra McCartt on April 20, 2011 at 2:27am
I recently got our website online ,added new email addresses. We still use the old one that is our isp provider domain in addition to the new ones. Since the way an incoming email shows up in the receivers inbox is Sandra McCartt nobody even noticed the change in email address.

I agree with Valentino in that having a web site or a company domain email proves zero. Some of the biggest scams around have slick websites and sexy email addresses particularly in recruiting. Many have all kinds of junk saying they have offices in every major city. They don't. They have one 800 number and if you track them down it's one flake operating our of an apartment lying about being a big hooha. No pictures of any real people just "professional" smoke and mirrors.

That being said, having a company domain name is an additional reminder of the company association. Does it mean anything is more real or professional, I don't think so.

Comment by Adam Riemer on April 20, 2011 at 8:25am
I'm just speaking from a candidates perspective and when I get emails from Recruiters.  Having a professional or company email address does not speak to the quality of your abilities at all, it's just looks less like the spam people get and more like a business or professional in some candidate's eyes.  Just my opinion though.
Comment by Suresh on April 20, 2011 at 10:35am
Its about being transparent. When you have your domain name and a website, it is a little more transparent than an email with no ties to it, particularly if you are a new recruiter.

I don't think its a must, but consistency helps in the long term and having a domain name/website tied to your business gives jobseekers a location to find you.

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin are all new entities, they may be around 10 years from now or not. There may be new locations online, but if you own your domain and website, its more of a permanent location.
Comment by Sandra McCartt on April 20, 2011 at 4:14pm
Our suddenlink email address has never been bounced due to spam from other users.  The hosting service that hosts our company domain has had a problem with clients spamming so three times already i have had to throw a fit because the host IP address is being blocked causing emails sent from our company domain to be returned.  We are in the process of changing the IP address.  The bigger public domain providers seem to be more on top of problems like this.  Just try to get off a Barracuda spam list.


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