While working with a graduating student whose collegiate email address is set to expire in 60 days, we discussed when she should stop using her “@nd.edu” address on her resume/applications. What we decided was for her to have a separate email address for her job search.
This idea makes total sense when you think about it. Creating a “LastNameSearch@email.com” allows users to drive all their career search communications to one site. In addition to applications and resumes, this email should be used on sites like LinkedIn, when networking, and subscriptions to professional associations. Personal email addresses should be kept for personal social media sites, online shopping, etc.
Having a dedicated career email address reduces the chance of missing an important communication that could be overlooked when it is caught between your latest Groupon deal and the daily email from the Nigerian prince who needs you to help him transfer his fortunes out of his country. Also, by having a unique email address for your career search, when you are working in that account (and you logout of your personal email account) you can be focused on the task at hand – finding a job – as opposed to being interrupted every time your email chimes with a Facebook update.
A third reason for having a dedicated email account for your job search – you can present a professional image to the employer and keep the fun email for your friends.
Help yourself out by creating a second email address – it will help you organize your communications and help you with the outward image your present to others.