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Job Search Tip: Your Email Address for Your Job Search

First, I suggest that you create a separate email address for your job search. The primary benefit will be that it isolates those types of incoming emails. That will help you stay organized in your job search and reduce the chance that you miss an important incoming email that requires your prompt response.

Second, I suggest that you use a professional sounding email address. I can’t tell you the number of job seekers I’ve come across who have emails that are inappropriate. sexybabe@xxxxxxxxx.com, thejonesfamily@xxxxxxxxx.com, rockclimbingbill@xxxxxxxx.com, tomandbetty@xxxxxxxxx.com, and musclejoe@xxxxxxxxx.com just don’t cut it.

Third, use an email address that readily identifies you. When a person wants to send you an email, you want to make it easy for them to recall (or call up) your email address. A good choice for your email address is [YourFirstName][YourLastName]@xxxxxxxxx.com (or start with your last name). (Don’t include the brackets [ ] .) If your name is common, someone may already have that email address. Then, just add a digit (like 1) after your name.

Fourth, avoid using special characters (like #, -, _, and spaces) in your email address. You may know where they are on the keyboard, but there are still lots of people out there who don’t. If it isn’t apparent to most recipients where your first and last name begin and end, then use a period (.) to separate them.

If you do create a separate email for your job search, be sure to change it on your resume, business card, cover letter templates, and any other promotional material that you use.

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April 24, 2010 - Posted by | Preparing

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