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Create a Professional E-Mail Address and Username for Your Job Search

When choosing e-mail addresses or usernames in social media profiles, retaining a consistent personal brand is important for your job search. Always opt to use your full name. Avoid kitschy e-mail addresses like These are off-putting to potential employers. Instead, find a way to use your full name as your e-mail address.

If you need to start a new e-mail account for the purposes of your job search, know that it’s worth it. The best option is to purchase your own domain name. Many people complain that checking multiple e-mail addresses is overwhelming. Consider forwarding any new e-mail addresses to an address you check often.

In the context of social networks you join, the username you choose often becomes the web address for your public-facing profile. For example, if you choose FirstnameLastname as your profile’s username, the public-facing web address becomes

Keep this same username consistent across all your networks; for example, use it in your LinkedIn profile, your page, or web addresses. The more consistent you are, the more easily Google can deliver your online profiles in response to a search of your name. Also, consistency is key when a hiring manager is considering your application for a job.

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