If you run a business or if you’re trying to get a new job, your email could be hurting your process. Back in the day, we used AOL, YAHOO, and HOTMAIL. If you’re still using these on your resume or still sending clients and customers to these types of emails, you need to stop, LOL. They could potentially be keeping you from getting a response as soon as they are seen, depending on their use.
1. DO NOT USE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS YOU PROBABLY MADE IN HIGHSCHOOL
My first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. Although it might have a lot of old contacts I wouldn’t dare put it on a resume or use it as a contact for my business. It doesn’t sound professional at all. Mikapooh is my nickname but that doesn’t mean everyone needs to know that. So, if you got your own similar email, like prettyyoungthing12 on yahoo or even gmail, lets just use that as a personal account.
2. FORGET ABOUT YAHOO, HOTMAIL, AND AOL ALTOGETHER.
Here’s another issue, these types of emails can make you come off as outdated and not tech savvy. Does AOL even still exist!!?? This day in age we use technology for almost everything so this is definitely not how you want to come across. These types of emails are fine if you’re just using them to collect subscriptions you’ve signed up for or to keep in contact with friends and family but for business purposes, it’s a NO-NO. It’s best to use an email with Gmail or your own business domain.
Now let’s talk about the business aspect. I get alot of customers who still use Hotmail and Yahoo because that’s what they are comfortable with. If this is you, I assure you Gmail is not that hard. It also has way more storage capacity and helps you categorize your emails. Plus, the Gmail app is better than Yahoo OR Hotmail. Emails can come directly to your phone so you can answer them as soon as possible. And if files need to be saved, you can automatically store them to your google documents or google drive. Another example, I’m always in need of receiving large files from customers (like when you upload a file and an error message says this file is to large to send), Gmail converts these files automatically into a link so that I can receive them straight from my customers without any issues.
3. SAY NO TO NEW DOMAIN URL EMAIL EXTENSIONS
A ton of new URL extensions hit the scene around 2014. End names other than .org or .net consisted of .co, .shop, .band, .ceo, .realtor, .menu and more manifested because there was a need for new domains since alot of .com names had been taken. While it may be okay to have these as domains, emails tied to these are not easily trusted. There are so many spams and virus’ going around from skeptical email addresses that most people are reluctant to even open emails that come off as weird to them. So, keep all of this in mind when purchasing your domain and email.
If you run a business, using an email with your own domain makes you seem more reputable and legit. But, I’d recommend an email tied to a .com, .org, or .net because these are more familiar to people. You can purchase a domain and email from any website host provider such as GoDaddy or Bluehost. Not ready to purchase one? You can get a free one from ZOHO.COM I’ve been using them for years and they have an app that you can download to your phone.