Learn How and Why to Set Up a Job Search Email Account
When you're looking for a job, it's a good idea to set up an email account just for job searching. That way your professional email won't get mixed in with your personal mail.
Free Email Accounts
There are a variety of free web-based email services, like Gmail and Yahoo, that you can use. You'll be able to check your email online from any computer, so using webmail is a good way to stay on top of your job search.
Do be sure you have an email account name that is appropriate for business use, i.e. email@example.com rather than firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you've set up the account, send yourself a few test messages to make sure you can send and receive mail.
Then use this email account for all your job search communications: to apply for jobs, post your resume, and connect with your contacts. Be sure to check your account frequently so that you can respond immediately to employers who are interested in hiring you.
Your Work Email Account
Many companies monitor email communications and you don't want to get caught job searching from work. Don't use your work email address for job searching or networking. Don't send resumes and cover letters from your work email account or use that email address when you apply for jobs online.
Job Search Email Etiquette
Click on the link above to learn about job search email etiquette including what to write in your job search emails, how to format your email, and how to make sure your email message is read; view sample job search email messages.