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I always wondered, if you have a random email like XX343_4hi@gmail.com, etc.. Is this considered unprofessional?

Example of some type of professionalism john_smith@gmail.com

(I hope I'm not confusing anyone)

Does it really matter?

I think it does if you own your own business..


asked Jun 28 '10 at 20:03

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It does matter. At least for professional jobs. If I was a boss I would look at the email address and kind of judge by that. I have many email addresses for many reasons. I have one that is Myname@FirstLastName.com, I have lots of different domains with lots of email addresses. Overall having your own domain is really professional.

answered Jun 28 '10 at 21:20

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Liam Quade

Common sense would say yes, an email like that is very unprofessional! Stick to your real name or business name. Don't make up some random letter/number combination.

answered Jun 28 '10 at 20:17

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yes. it matters, for example if im applying for a high paying exec possition is SexyStud999@somewhere.com acceptable? plus what is easier to remember your name inside of your email address JohnDoe@somewhere.net. i would say stick with one "unprofessional" one for personal use or for subscriptions ext, but keep one professional one for work related things.

it also goes beyond if you just own a business. if you do business with anyone it just is commen practice. but lets say JohnDoe@gmail is taken you could try JDoe, JhonD, john.doe, doe.John or use '-' or _ point is it should look relatively professional if you plan to use it for any kind of business and not just to email your grandma, on that note sexystud999 may not be approach for grandma, that is of course if your grandparents use computers.

answered Jun 28 '10 at 20:42

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My e-mail address is Calvin@CalvinLastname.net (lastname being my last name of course). I like it because it's professional, easy to remember, and people ask me about it all the time :D

answered Jun 28 '10 at 21:02

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edited Jun 28 '10 at 21:03

A good rule of thumb is if you're going to feel awkward or embarrassed or frustrated giving out your email address or username to a stranger, it's probably best to pick a different address/nick. Now, sometimes a unique nick is perfect -- it draws questions and gives you an opportunity to stand out among the herd.

answered Jun 28 '10 at 21:17

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How do you guys create your own name like that? Websites such as godaddy.com ?

answered Jun 28 '10 at 21:24

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I really don't know if it really matters or not. My recruiter always deletes everything on the heading except for my name.

But just in case I made a FirstMiddleLast@gmail.com account exclusively for possible job prospects. I feel it's quite a bit safer and more impressive. Also I never get spammed with it (except for the occasional "work at home" scams)

answered Jun 28 '10 at 23:31

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edited Jun 28 '10 at 23:32

I used to give out my one e-mail address to all kinds of employers. It did not have my name attached, just my username and the age I was when I made it. I never got any jobs with this. Is it because of the e-mail address? Probably not. Was it taken into account? Probably. I use a more professional account, now, with my first initial and last name... and the age at which I made it. Gotta have some kind of number if it's taken and you really want that particular address, right?

However, in my case it doesn't matter as I now have a job and my e-mail had nothing to do with it, just my skills. Still, better safe than sorry. Use something professional, and only use that e-mail for your work.

answered Jun 29 '10 at 18:39

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Eric Fox

In my opinion, the more professional the email address looks, the better chance you have at getting some professional jobs. If your email address is, "kiddy" then they might take you for a joke and over look a lot of your key essentials. So to answer your question, it's probably a smart idea to have a more professional looking email address rather then an immature one.

answered Jun 29 '10 at 19:48

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I think that it matters in some circumstances, but not others.

If it is simply a personal email address that you'll only give to friends, I don't think it matters, because once they've added you to their address book / contact list on their PC or email client, then they won't care what the email address is as long as they can contact you.

However, in a professional situation, I think that short, concise email addresses that are easy to remember are important to use for work, not only because it looks more professional, but if you work in an environment where you deal with clients face to face or by email, having an easy-to-remember email address rather than an unnecessarily email address can pay off.

Remember: In the end, you're going to get given a job after an interview mostly based on your own personality and past experiences, and not based on the 'professionalism' of your email address.

answered Jun 29 '10 at 20:01

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