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Job Search Tip: Get a Sensible Email Address

No matter what career you are trying to enter, having an email address that contains your first name, last name, or a combination of the two is important in employers' eyes. You might think they are so taken with your impressive resume that a tiny detail like an email address doesn't matter, but take it from me, it matters. If you don't already have one, take five minutes to sign up for an email account with an address that is sensible and professionally simple.


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SteveTabler SteveTabler 5 years
I just read on another web site about email addresses that your email address should not contain your name, as you may be giving away identifiable personal information.   Second issue:  I have read that it is desirable to have a personal domain name for job searches.  Often, they suggest something like    This leads to, which I think is just plain silly.  Besides violating the do-not-use-your-name rule.
prblms4loki prblms4loki 6 years
I guess I never thought of the birthdate at the end of my email to be unprofessional. Without personalizing with numbers, every combination of my name is definitely taken. Then again, I just figure that people know my year roughly anyways from my education section on the resume, pretty easy to figure out.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I've always thought this was a DUH thing. WHo wants to respond to uhhh not me.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Ok I opened a new email account specific for job seeking. Is "arsinfinitum" to oddball?
Porkchopz Porkchopz 8 years
Rather than use your birthday in your email address, why not include your metro region? If you have a common name like Sarah Jones and live in the Bay Area, try Sarah.JonesSF@domain or Jones.Sarah.SF@domain. I agree that including your birth year in there could be a disadvantage. Unless of course you just use the month and day. Sarah.Jones320@domain.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
we had someone apply for an intership --- her email addy was pres2024, or something like that --- when she intended to be elected for pres of the US
pioneers pioneers 8 years
The simpler the better. Whether you're using your name (which I highly recommend) or something else, make it simple enough that your interviewer will not have to refer back to your resume six times in order to get it right. If you have a common name, throwing your middle initial in the middle might be a good way to get the address you want, and if you're weary of including your birthday, just add a "1" or something at the end--HR recruiters usually pick up on why it's there. Either way, getting attention from your crazy email address can be a good thing, but many times it's not. Just keep in mind that you have to make up for your lack of experience/age with your professionalism. A basic email address shows professionalism.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I've seen some doozies in my time, but these are hilarious.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
anything with the number 69 at the end or anything referring to balls or sex is bad.....boys, i'm looking at you
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I've seen some doozies on resumes. I just can't help but laugh when I see them. Of course the are always good for a laugh too.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
A few years back I had an applicant with on her resume. Hysterical.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Ah ha ha! I've been thinking about whether I should get a more serious email address although my current whacked out addy gets loads of notice and interest and HR people do actually ask me what it means. I don't want pass out my current addy on here but basically it has to do with MONKEYS and my love of them and it was the result of a design course where we had to do a corporate identity and website for a company with a odd name. I did the assignment got the email addy and was going to get the domain name but I lost interest in having a website but kept the oddball email addy. I refuse to use my name, tried that many years ago and the result was some moron bombarded it with tons of porn emails,I won;t use my birthday or old addresses because that again is too much info in the cyberworld. Should I go back to my Shakespeare? Or revert to an email addy in latin again?
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
It ends in 89. Just a cursory glance and you think, 3-2-0-8-9...oh, must be March 20, 1989. Unless you also happen to live near that zip code, I'd say it's obvious. And why reveal your age to a prospective employer?
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Not everyone's numers on their e-mail is a birthday...
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Um, because it's a date. It's super obvious.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
How are they going to know it's my birthday? They aren't.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I wouldn't use your birthday. I don't think that's terribly professional either.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Ladychaos, I would try putting your last name first, then your first name? First intial, second initial, last name? Even nickname? Like, kelsmith@whatever if your name is Kelly. Leslie, I have definitely seen ones like that, but even something more tame like isn't professional.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
if you still want to use your 'cute' email address, creat one that is more professional and have all the mail forward to your 'cute' email and you'll never have to check that email addres..really!
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
i have two of these, but slowly they have turned to junk email acounts! i guess it's because i am a full time college student and not working..therefore i don't have to fill out applications or turn in a resume for a job. but i do plan to have a reliable email for future employers..when that time comes.
humangirl humangirl 8 years
I would have the same problem as ladychaos. My name is taken in just about every form I could possibly come up with. I've been using my address for most things for a few years... but, using it for work-related things seems kind of stupid. Sure, they could find my domain if they looked hard enough, and there's nothing particularly damning there, but I'm certainly not going to offer it up willingly.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
ladychaos, I used my birthday numbers after mine so mine is
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I'm a recruiter and I've seen email addresses like really? c'mon, really? You're applying for a gig as a project manager at an ad agency, not craigslist erotic services.
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
So what about those of us that have a common name? there are 25 people in my county alone listed in the phone book that have the exact first name, last name, and middle initial as I...
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