Email Address Best Practices during Career Transition and Beyond

I regularly hear about folks in career transition being advised on what email address to use during job search.

Some of the advice I hear is astute while other advice is misdirected, and irrelevant, in my professional opinion.

Let’s break down some of this advice and guide you with best practices that can help you during your career transition and beyond:

#1 – You should not use an AOL, Compuserve or other old platform email address.

This is good advice for a few reasons:

– Some recruiters and hiring managers in certain industries may look at you as out of touch with new technology
– You are missing out on the added functions of email platforms like GMail, Outlook. Calendar, Docs and Contacts are just a few of the functions that can be useful in these newer platforms.

#2 – You should not use your current employer’s email system during career transition

This is a wise suggestion also for a few reasons:

– Most folks do not want their employers to ‘see’ their job search communications. Your employers email system allows them to look at all of the email.
– If and when you leave your current job, you will leave a trail of conversations and possible future conversations in an email system you no longer have access to.

#3 – You should create a unique email account only for job search.

I do not recommend this option for many reasons:

– It adds another email account to manage
– As you network, make connections and build relationships during your career transition, once you complete this task you will need to advise your network of an email address change, or lose these connections.
– If a current connection introduces you to a new connection, shares your resume and/or current email address, confusion could result from you introducing yet another email address.

#4 – You should not use an (ISP) Internet Service Provider Email Address.

This is not just a career transition issue. Generally speaking I recommend not using an ISP email account that you may lose if you relocate. Simplify your life by getting either a public domain (GMail or Outlook) email address that you can keep under your conditions, not based on where you live or your own email domain (with your website) that you ‘own’ as long as you pay for the domain registration and email service. Don’t make this decision just because you are in career transition. This is a business decision.

#5 – Do not use an inappropriate email address.

I agree with this advice.

  • SexyGirl4567@triad.r.com
  • SixPackGuy@gmail.com
  • LuciousMomma@outlook.com
  • HotChick@bellsouth.com

Depending on the type of job you are working towards, these email addresses may not represent you well. A business professional, hiring manager or recruiter may perceive you less than professional with an email address like these.

For most people, I don’t recommend personality or character email addresses. This is more than just a career transition issue.

I encourage you to think more personal identity email addresses. Furthermore, consider personal Handle identity. Example, my email address is TLBurriss@{mydomain.com} TLBurriss is the identity handle I use for all of my social media, websites, Skype, Google+, WebEx, Eventbrite, etc, etc. A great branding opportunity starting with your email address.

Consider all of the advice you get, even from me, during your Career Transition. Think about how it could benefit you. Make a decision that you feel helps you the most.

What email address change have you made during your career transition?