Ask Jack: Dogs at Work, E-Mail on Résumés and Job of the Week

Victor the dog at work
Jay Kubassek

Dog-owning AOL Jobs reader Denise is in a "ruff" situation:

My dog Lucky is the sweetest dog on earth. He hates to be home alone during the day so I started bringing him into the office. People loved it; Lucky is so sweet and friendly and quiet and doesn't bother anybody. But this one person who will remain nameless complained and now I'm not allowed to bring Lucky in any more. Is that fair? It seems dumb.

There was a dog at my accountant's office but he kept trying to make me "roll over" my IRA. This is a tough one, Denise. I personally love having a dog around the workplace; it seems good for morale and can be a nice little break during the day for people. Sure, it's a distraction, but only one of a million distractions on the job (online shopping, deciding where to eat, visits from kids, etc. etc.) But here's the thing: Everybody needs to be OK with it. People have allergies and people have phobias; you don't want to create a "hostile environment" for a co-worker. Plus, there are cleanliness issues and possibly insurance issues. Also, what if Jeffrey now decides to bring his kitty Mr. Whiskerpoof into the office too? Maybe there's a compromise: Every Friday, one person gets to bring a pet in? Or at the very least, there's the annual Take Your Dog To Work Day. Make sense? OK, now: Sit. Stay. Beg. Good employee, good, good employee!

Travis asks:

What do you think about using your alma mater's (undergrad and/or grad school) edu email on your resume? Do you say yes or no?

Can I say maybe? I want to say maybe. My gut reaction is that you don't want to confuse the HR person or hiring manager who, taking a quick glance, might think you work at the university. Like dogs in the office, e-mail addresses shouldn't be a distraction. So generally, I'd say, keep it simple: FirstnameLastName at a popular e-mail provider I won't mention here but it starts with G. Your name @ might be OK, but it's a little unwieldy. And you definitely don't want to be "Honeybear263" or "COLTSFAN4EVA."

However, if you attended a prominent school, or are applying for a position in some sort of educational or research-oriented field, the .edu address might work to your advantage. Again, with that quick glance: "Impressive, this person is an academic!" The bottom line on one of the top lines of your résumé: They're going to see your e-mail address right away, so make it work for you, so you can work for them.

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Jack's Job of the Week

You know the perfect job to have dogs at work? Veterinarian! And there's an opening for a Resident Veterinarian at the Minnesota School of Business. Ooh, maybe you'll get an .edu e-mail address; it's a win-win! If you're not "wild" about animal work, do your own search on AOL Jobs. Before you know it, you'll be the top dog at a great new job!

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