What should your email address look like?

DWhat should your email address look like?oes your email address send out the wrong signal?

Recently someone signed up for my blog with a very long URL and a name in his email address that looked like he had just hit random keys on the key board. You know like: jklfdsljsldkaj.

He or she could have been legitimate but since I have had problems with hackers in the past, I removed him from the list. I could be wrong but I wasn’t willing to take the chance.

Is your email address a red flag?

I advise job seekers to search for an email address with their first name, last name as the name. Like this: juliewalraven@gmail.com or juliewalraven@designresumes.com. Yes, I know about stalkers and others who use that kind of information to cause harm.

To an employer, your name in the email address identifies you as a serious job seeker. If you use random characters or series of numbers and letters, you may find yourself in the spam box.

If your email address is hellokitty@, you may get tossed too. Job search is all about impressions and you need to send the right message.

What email provider should you use?

Google gets it right with gmail. Their security system is high. It is global. I know there are other choices but Google has my vote for the ability to use different applications that all integrate (email, calendar, and more).

Remember that you are making an impression with your email so keep it professional both in name and content.

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