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Do You Have A "Professional" Email Address?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Ce127, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Ce127

    Ce127 Nibble Poster

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    Question as per the title.

    I mean I don't imagine for a second it creates a professional image of applicants if your CV shows up with "mikeybigballs87@yahoo.co.uk" listed on your email.

    I try and refrain from using my username@hotmail.com email address in favour of my actualname@btinternet.com address, because for some reason in my mind the btinternet.com domain is more grown up than the hotmail.com, but the BT email system is becoming more and more unreliable and I'm wondering what alternatives I should consider.
     
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  2. dales

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    Just buy yourself a domain name they are cheap enough these days. the hardest bit is thinking one up that no one else has already snapped up. The generally you either get email bundled in or you can buy it at minimal additional cost.

    Its the sort of thing that makes me wonder when people have work vans that they've clearly spent a good bit of money designing the advertising graphics on and its ruined by a bobsshiftitco1987@hotmail.com plastered all over the back.
     
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  3. Guvnor

    Guvnor Nibble Poster

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    Your first name with the last name will be considered a professional email address, just use any of the decent providers out there Gmail,Hotmail,Yahoo till you are able to make yourself one, all are good.

    As a normal average every day user I think having one's on domain is uneccesarry, however that's my opinion.
     
  4. Sparky
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    I always google the email address in the C.V - sometimes it can link to forums etc. so it is worth having an email address that looks professional and if searched doesn't through up any nasty surprises.
     
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  5. Waqas Ahmed

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    Tbh, as far as I'm concerned, especially say with the fact that the internet is a lot older now, and the dotcom boom has been and gone, I'd say that the following format is fine

    <fullname><number>@domain.com

    Though Im not someone who employs people. This being said, it's never been something that's gone against me really. And I really should have changed my email to waqasahmed@outlook.com when "outlook.com" was a thing. If they change again in the future, Im definitely nabbing my full name :D
     
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  6. Waqas Ahmed

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    Tbh, if it was an actual company, then perhaps a real domain name, with something like "contact@company.com" may be best, but otherwise, if it's for you as an employee going for a job, there is only a finite amount of email addresses you can take (Unless you're my parents it seems. They can BOTH have fullname@outlook.com AND fullname@gmail.com - I registered their emails maybe 2 years ago)
     
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  7. crazy horse

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    In my opinion as long as it's sensible e.g. <firstnamelastname@provider.com> then it's fine. The email address of the applicant is way down on list of pre-reqs. As you suggest childish names aren't really appropriate for a job application and so keep it to something sensible and you'll be fine.

    If you really want to, you can buy a domain name, but it's a little over kill. From the CVs I've seen only ~2% have there own domain.
     
  8. Waqas Ahmed

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    Pretty much. As long as it's something sensible, all is good and not like my 14 year old email that was "cooldude365@hotmail.com" :D

    Now it's
    <fullname><number>@provider.com
     
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  9. Kopite_21

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    I use my first name and a bit of my DOB at the end. So i have mine set as Rob3003@provider.com.
     
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  10. SimonD

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    I have over 14 domains registered to me currently, of those 14 I only use one of them in any kind of professional matter and that's my blogging one.

    For most of my emailing I actually use my hotmail account (old and bold enough that I have had my hotmail address since before it was owned by Microsoft (yes, it was purchased by Microsoft back in 1997 so that says how long I have had this particular email address)).
    I don't have any issues using that address for anything, it's not named stupidely and I actually pay money each year to Microsoft to ensure it's never filled with advertisements.
     
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  12. Ce127

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    I'm genuinely surprised so many people are using standard Hotmail addresses in here
     
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  13. SimonD

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    Well with nearly 18 years of IT work under my belt using a Hotmail account hasn't held me back at all, it's an email address and it works.
     
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  14. wagnerk
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    I have my own domain and my e-mail address is <firstname>@<mydomainname>

    However I also have a bcs e-mail address (which just forwards to the above e-mail).
     
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