I understand that you might have a sentimental attachment to your old email address, however employers won’t see it that way.
The most professional option is to register a domain name and create a first name email address on it. An email address like firstname.lastname@example.org strengthens your personal brand and hints to a potential employer that small details are important to you.
3. The Shotgun Approach.
Do you have a habit of hitting “APPLY” button a few dozen times each day, uploading the same (or similar) resume and cover letter for each role?
It’s easy to tell.
Usually it means that your resume and cover letter will be not perfectly aligned to each other and/or to the role. Other tell-tale signs that you’re not being selective are: you get the recruiter’s name wrong, you make a mistake when writing the job name, date it was advertised, etc.
Some of my clients have told me that, before they came to see me, they’ve been applying for over 100 jobs per week.
Doing this has ongoing consequences – the recruiters remember your name and begin to associate it with “that person who spams me every time I put a job ad up”.
The recruiting world is smaller than you think; if you drag your name through the dirt, it will be more difficult to get a call-back even when you put a good application in.
4. The Dated Layout.
Keep in mind that the recruiter who will receive your resume will most likely be in their late 20’s or early 30’s. It means that they’ve spent the last 10 years of their professional career consuming copious amounts of content online.
These folks are masters of skimming through pages; they have very little patience for poorly laid out, overcrowded text documents.