I am worried that my e-mail address isn't acceptable. It is the following:
[first letter of first name]+[full last name]+[two numbers] @ [g mail ....]
There are no periods or underscores anywhere.
I am worried about the two numbers that appear after the letters. Are numbers okay? I figured that they're only two digits, but I'm worried that it won't be "professional". (The e-mail address without the digits was already taken.)
Aug 31, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Often a lot of professional business addresses aren't full names, but a combination of the last name and first/middle initials. And numbers and periods are not uncommon.
If numbers do bother you that much, why not experiment with the letters? Here's some ideas for usernames...let's use the name Jane V. Smith:
janesmithRN (or LVN/LPN, whatever you are licensed as)
Unfortunately, Gmail ignores the period...so if your original choice was taken, slapping a period in between the names won't work (unless they changed things since the last time I checked).
Or you can try other services: Hotmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, Zoho, even the e-mail that came with your internet service provider...maybe one of them has your full name free.
Seriously though....IMO I doubt an employer is going to pass judgment on an e-mail address solely because of the presence of a number in it. JaneSmith23 @ gmail.com is far better than something like xSexyJanex @ gmail.com or even NurseJane @ gmail.com
Last edit by Meriwhen on Aug 31, '12
Sep 1, '12
by SHGR, MSN, RN
Quote from KelRN215
I don't think there's anything wrong with numbers. If you had a common name like Mary Smith, even your professional email address would be likely to contain numbers...
The first place I worked, email addresses were in the format of email@example.com
. If there was more than one Mary Smith, the second one's email address was firstname.lastname@example.org
Our work email addresses work this way, as well. We have a lot of jsmith2, jsmith3, etc on our "@work.org" addresses. So this is, indeed, professional. I would not use an email affiliated with my job or school, however, as it seems that the school email is an issue with some employers. I use my AT&T account and this was fine for HR. (Which BTW has an underscore in it, no problem).
Last edit by SHGR on Sep 1, '12
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Numbers that are included in an email address are not what HR is talking about when you hear about "unprofessional email addresses". I use two email address, one for professional/business purposes and one for when I need to register for shipping websites, etc. I don't have RN in my name at all because I don't want everyone to know I'm an RN, especially when I'm responding to sales on Craig's List, etc.
Example of professional:
Example of Unprofessional:
Last edit by traumaRUs on Oct 18, '12
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