VSJ – June 2005 – Members’ News

Email Redirection

Now and then we remind members of services we offer that may have slipped their memories. This month’s note is about your right to an email address of the form <yourname>@iap.org.uk.

Our scheme works like most such facilities. You apply for an IAP email address via the members’ area of the Web site. Once it’s set up, all emails sent to this address are forwarded to the target address you request. Of course, where replies to your emails go depends on how you configure your email client. But if you set it up so that replies are sent to your IAP alias, you need never notify all your contacts of ISP changes again. You just have to let us know when a change takes place.

But there’s a less obvious reason why an IAP email address makes good sense. Some time ago, Yahoo! Mail conducted a survey into the attitudes of HR managers to the email addresses given in the CVs of job applicants. It found that they look at them quite closely at the ‘first trawl’ stage. Unsurprisingly, they tend to ditch any that quote an existing workplace address. After all, would you employ someone who is not only prepared to use his or her current employer’s facilities and time to job-hunt but who is happy to advertise the fact as well? Another thing they look for is what might be termed ‘professional appearance’. While there’s nothing specifically wrong with it, john.smith3571@fsmail.net doesn’t look terribly satisfying in this context. Attempts to avoid the fact that there are already several dozen people with your name on a given domain by choosing something like up_the_spurs@hotmail.com are even worse. The HR department will almost certainly reject that, even in the unlikely event that there’s a Spurs fan in the office.

An email address at a professional body domain looks, by definition, professional. So, if you haven’t already done it, get over to www.iap.org.uk and pick up yours!

Mike Ryan, the Director General, talks about the new IAP Council

June 1st sees the start of the Institution’s new administrative year 2005/2006. This is the date when five members of the Council stand down by rotation and are hopefully re-elected or replaced by even more enthusiastic new people. This year, three members have agreed to stand again for a further 3-year term. They are Jim Bates, the current President, Edwin Keen, one of the earliest IAP members and David Morgan, who chaired our recent Symposium. Treasurer Ian Hargrave has decided not to continue owing to pressure of work. Jeremy Gordon, MIAP is to replace him. Jeremy is a programmer and a barrister. He joined the Institution in 1994 and claims to have missed only one Symposium since then! (We reckon this is a record; but if you think there’s another candidate, let us know.) That leaves one last vacancy still to be filled and, as no one was nominated earlier this year within the period allowed, it will be up to the new Council to co-opt someone if and when they see fit.

[Don’t forget to email eo@iap.org.uk with items of news about you or your company.]

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