Almost everyone uses e-mail today, so choosing an e-mail address is important. When creating a new e-mail address, take the time to create something appropriate for your usage and something that you will use for a while, as frequently changing e-mail addresses can be very inconvenient and makes it very difficult for people to keep in contact with you. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your new e-mail address.
- If you can, create an e-mail address that will last for a while and avoids trends. For example, try to avoid creating an e-mail address based on your favorite musical artist or clothing designer, as these preferences are liable to change quickly and leave you wanting a different e-mail address.
- Think about what sort of image you want to project with your e-mail address. If you are creating this address only for personal use, you could consider using a nickname or a reference to your favorite sport. However, if you're hoping to use this address for business or professional use, "email@example.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" are not wise choices. Also, even if the address is meant only for personal use, consider how it would look if you ever sent a resume via e-mail - your e-mail address will be the first thing a potential employer will see.
- If you are creating your e-mail address through your school or place of employment, try to include parts of your first and last names in your e-mail address. This will make your e-mail address easy to remember and to find if anyone should need to contact you.
- If you run your own business, consider incorporating the name of your business into your e-mail address. This acts as an instant advertisement every time you send an e-mail and creates an air of professionalism.
- Be sure that your e-mail address is something that you and others can easily remember. Random letters and numbers make the address very difficult to remember. If someone accidentally misspells your e-mail address, you will not receive the e-mail and could miss out on sales or job opportunities.
- If you are still having trouble thinking of an e-mail address, take advantage of e-mail services that help to create a unique e-mail address based on your name. These name generators combine your name with numbers in your birth date or address to create an entirely new e-mail address.