Becoming Professional: A Blog

HotChicka12 Is Not Professional

Posted on: February 20, 2010


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This week, were talking e-mail. I remember getting my first e-mail: MissBuggie30@hotmail.com. I was 12 and paranoid about putting my real name online. How many of you are still using your first e-mail? And how many of you put that e-mail on your resume? Lots of people do it.

But your e-mail says a lot about you. It’s not like a phone number, something we’re assigned. We choose it, and we’re going to get judged by it. Is the person you were when you chose your e-mail at the age of 12, 21, 40, or whatever the person you want to show professional colleagues or hiring managers?

And there are pitfalls. You want to show off how good a writer you are, but unfortunately, coming right out and saying “GreatCopyWriter@gmail.com” looks a bit over the top. Some domains (the company hosting your e-mail) also have a bad wrap. I’ve seen AOL and Yahoo criticized, but my personal opinion is that Hotmail is the least professional of the bunch. It’s completely subjective, but you will still be judged by it when the hiring manager sees it. He might not even realize he’s judging you.

You’re e-mail is your calling card, your personal brand. Most importantly, I think, you want people to be able to get in touch with you easily. So, if you use some variety of your name as your e-mail (“john.doe@gmail.com” for instance), then even without your business card in front of them, people can remember your e-mail and get in contact with you.

Choose your e-mail wisely. And don’t try to reach me via MissBuggie30. Total spam bin now.

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I am a Digital Native who is trying to puzzle out what exactly that means. I share my thoughts on social media, digital business models, and PR here on this blog.

I am currently getting my Masters in Digital Marketing from Hult International Business School, having gotten my B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University. Everything is on track and I am making headway towards my dream: World Domination... or being a productive, helpful citizen and marketer. Whichever comes first.

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