Nothing wrong with having a Hotmail email address. Or Live, or Outlook for that matter.
I am an IT professional, or at least that's what I would like to think. Although I would not class myself as "top of the line" - I have managed to build some experience and therefore I adhere to some standards.
From time to time, I happen to receive emails from recruiters. Some of them are professionally written and some of them are friendly ("Hey, got a minute to chat? I've got a gig for you").
But some of them are embarrassing. I will discard your email, by using
Shift + Delete if:
- Your company name ends in "Professional Corporate", and you have a Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail or similar email address;
- You are asking for university degree, 7+ experience in IT/support - but your job requirements include requirements like "proficient in MS Office suite". Get your "shoot" together. HR department should consult with someone knowledgeable before posting this. It really does look bad for you, as an employer. You may need more than IT help;
- You are looking for a Network Administrator that can build Excel macros or Jet Reports for you. I'll pass. We speak different languages. Subcontract a recruiting company that can find you an ex-accountant turned excel-ninja;
- You are advertising "free parking" as part of offered benefits. Why risk looking cheap? I would leave that out, regardless of being true or false (I used to work for a company that rewarded employee of the month with parking in the management's spots for a whole week);
- If you emphasize the words "excel in customer support". You do not need a Systems Administrator, what you need is Help Desk Support staff (I know that many employers are looking today for the two in one type of deal, but hey - you get what you pay for);
- If you require me to sign in to Taleo and fill up long and useless forms that are not related to the job application;
- You ask me why I chose to work in IT. This is a very naive question, to put it nicely. (Why? Because the sky is so high);
There. I'll throw this in the "rants" category.