Professional Email with Common Name

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  1. HOPE-fulTeacher

    HOPE-fulTeacher Comrade

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    Jan 12, 2013

    Hi all,

    Another question about email addresses made me think of this... my brother's name is very common (first and last), and so when he was creating an email address for his resume, he used his name and then added a 4 digit number at the end. (I think they're just random numbers...it's not his birthday or a recent year). I've always heard that numbers shouldn't be included in professional email addresses, but when I asked if he'd tried periods, underscores, dashes, initials, etc. he said he had and they were already taken.

    Is there something else that he could use and still sound professional? Or do you think employers will understand the numbers with such a common name?
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Could he add his middle name, initial or degree (johntsmithBA@...)
     
  4. JustMe

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    Has he perhaps tried some less popular email suppliers?

    I think employers will understand, although I understand his concern because first.last is so clean and professional. That said, someone I know supplied his email address and I just...wow...it involved "pimp daddy". A few numbers are nothing when you consider some of those out there. Some parent emails kill me! :)
     
  5. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    Me too!

    I would try adding in a middle initial or a word pertaining to his degree. Numbers aren't the end all, but I would definitely stay away from 0 and 1 as they are so commonly mixed up with o and l.
     
  6. Maryhf

    Maryhf Connoisseur

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    I would say as long as the email address isn't "hot to trot" or "party boy" etc., it wouldn't hurt him at all.
     
  7. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Different email provider
    Middle name or initial (hjpotter@, harryjpotter@)
    Dots or dashes between names (severus.snape@ or severus_snape@)
    Last name then first name (snape.severus@)
     

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