These are tips on how to select a suitable personal email username to look professional for job seekers:
1. Choose username from your familiar calling name with the exact spelling as per your ID.
2. Best if the chosen email username passes the phone test. If you call up a friend and pronounce your email username, that person should be able to accurately write the spelling of your username without having to ask you.
3. If the chosen username that already been taken, you can do the following:
- Include your 2nd name if you have more than one name.
- Include your father’s name or family name.
- Include numbers that significant to you like birth year.
Choose other email providers besides commonly use Gmail and Yahoomail. Here are the other email providers that you can check out:
- Outlook via Webmail
- GMX Mail
- Zoho Mail
- AOL Email
4. Except for ProntoMail, all the above email support POP3/SMTP or IMAP protocols thus job seekers can connect to the mail servers with email client programs (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.). The rest provide it for free while for Yahoo it is a little bit tricky. Yahoo U.S. will cost you $19.99 per year to send and receive your emails with POP-out and forwarding functions, however, if you register your Yahoo email account at Yahoo UK, Yahoo Canada, Yahoo Australia, Yahoo India, or Yahoo Ireland (Yahoo with English user interface), then you can turn on the POP3 and SMTP protocols for free.
With this feature, sending and receiving emails in multiple accounts can be done quickly and efficiently with a single click, able to retrieve archived email while offline and you will not be bothered by the advertisements.
5. AVOID funny unprofessional username like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
6. Below is an example of how to choose a suitable username from your name:
Name: Ahmad Danial Omar
Calling Name: Danial
Birth Year: 1998
The suggested email username:
These are simple tips but yet effective to minimize the risk of job seekers’ job applications being neglected by HR and recruiters.