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 email@example.com
(I hope I'm not confusing anyone)
Does it really matter?
I think it does if you own your own business..
Answer by Liam Quade · Jun 28, 2010 at 10:20 PM
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.
Answer by trueb · Jun 28, 2010 at 09:42 PM
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.
Answer by ageekmom · Jun 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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.
Answer by flipicaneze · Jun 29, 2010 at 12:31 AM
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)
Answer by Eric Fox · Jun 29, 2010 at 07:39 PM
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.
Answer by TechJohnson · Jun 29, 2010 at 08:48 PM
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.
Answer by Maeurd · Jun 29, 2010 at 09:01 PM
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.
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