|Email hierarchy from TheOatmeal.com|
Not everyone sheds their adolescent email addresses when they enter adulthood, instead maintaining allegiance to digital monikers based on the music, videogames and contraband they once held dear.Five rules for setting up a new address:
Keep It Simple
Use a simple combination of your name—first and last, or initials if necessary.Don’t Try to Be Funny
It’s Not a Numbers Game
add a few digits. But don’t go crazy... your email could look like a randomly generated spam account and be quickly dismissed.Stay Off Drugs
the most common issue is inappropriate drug references—plenty of 420s [marijuana reference].Move On From AOL
It might be ironic to send missives from @aol.com, but it doesn’t suggest an exceedingly tech-savvy candidate. Actually, “It weirds me out,” said [recruiter Mackenzie] Moore. “Why are you still using AOL? Gmail is definitely the winner.”
|Other sites besides Google, Yahoo, and AOL offer|
email, but I don't use them
I still use my AOL account for personal correspondence. Just last week I received a legit message from a former colleague whom I had not heard from for 20 years; I was the only person in our old business circle who retained the email address from that period. (Yes, I have to tolerate nearly a hundred corporate marketing messages a day, but they're easy enough to delete.)
I use Yahoo for business-related personal matters (for example, corresponding with my stockbroker) and Gmail for when I want to appear respectable (for example, charitable activities). If I were applying for a job, I would use Gmail.
We all have different masks we wear for different occasions, and email is simply an update to that cultural manifestation.