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Old 02-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Default Should I change my email address?

I have a yahoo email address, it's my first name, middle initial and last name @yahoo.com

A coworker said I should get a gmail address instead, that it's more professional.

He said it's like having a hotmail or aol email address.

Is this true?? Is there some sort of hierarchy of email addresses??
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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Lol I have nothing constructive to add, but this made me think of this.

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:02 PM   #3
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Ha, I remember when I was graduating from college 10 years ago people saying the same thing. They were saying the email you list on your resume looks unprofessional if it is @hotmail or @yahoo, etc. This was before gmail, so I think people were promoting using your school email address instead.

The problem was I never used my school email address, so I continued to use hotmail, although I did create a new account with my first and last name. Just so long as it isn't hot_stuff1@hotmail.com or anything like that, I would think it would still be okay, but the rules may have changed. I didn't have any problems getting interviews/offers with my regular ol' hotmail address.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Lol I have nothing constructive to add, but this made me think of this.

oh my god!! i usually type in all small caps. it's true.

i better get a gmail account.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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I have several email addresses and I think it's a good idea for ppl to do likewise.

I have a business and it so happens my business email is a gmail acct. But I don't think you or your business can't look professional w/ yahoo or hotmail, etc.

And personally, I've noticed gmail goes down from time to time...and I have never noticed that w/ any of the other providers.

But at least for the sake of anonymity, I think you should have more than one since your main one uses your full name.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #6
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Lol I have nothing constructive to add, but this made me think of this.
HAHA!! This is so awesome and so true! My step MIL uses yahoo and types in ALL CAPS. I asked her why since it seems like she is yelling and she said because she can see it easier.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:16 PM   #7
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:23 PM   #8
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Maria, thank you for putting the word study in quotation marks. What does weight have to do with an email address! SERIOUSLY, SERIOUSLY!!!

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Old 02-14-2013, 04:29 PM   #9
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my gmail account:

first name, full middle name, last name @gmail. com

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #10
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I have a yahoo address.

It was once recommended to me that I get rid of it & use a gmail address. I ignored that recommendation & continue to use my yahoo address. I haven't had any problems getting responses to job apps, etc.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:27 PM   #11
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I have a hotmail that is my first name last name. I've had it 10+ years and when I tried to get it or a close variation on gmail it wasn't available so I didn't worry about it. I don't have any issues with my hotmail and it is professional. Just like I've only had one cell number I've primarily had one email with a cheesy gmail for coupons etc. Are people suggesting you just change emails when a newer company comes out? That doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:05 PM   #12
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I've had Yahoo for 15 years-when the Internet was in the Stone Age. I've never had an issue getting interviews before, although last year, I did get a gmail one as well because my Yahoo address has the exact same handle I use on this site and I didn't think it was professional. My gmail address has my first name initial, my last name and is followed by a three digit number. It's mostly used for anything business related. Email from friends and other personal email still go to Yahoo.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:12 PM   #13
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A lecturer of mine told us last week that she doesn't understand why some of us still cling to yahoo and we need to upgrade to gmail. I think it was more a matter of a better layout and spam blocking technology than yahoo not being seen as professional enough.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:45 AM   #14
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Which e-mail domain says: still thinks "Keep Calm" memes are funny?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:54 AM   #15
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my schools (since i go to two schools because my life is gross) email addresses are both gmail now. They weren't until....the end of 2011 they both turned into gmails
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:19 AM   #16
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If you're applying for programmer jobs, or really cutting-edge cool jobs, or anything really tech-related, then I'd consider changing your email address so you seem at the leading edge of change and technology.

For anything else, I don't think it really matters as long as it's some version of your name and not like "Hot_budderfly_babbbiii6969@yahoo" or something! I mean, yes, I think someone would look twice at an aol address, but if it shouldn't matter to most people.
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