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In case the name.lastname@ of an email is already taken, is it ok to add one or two numbers after your last name? Are people and employers going to notice such a thing? Is it still professional to use a couple of numbers if no other alternative is possible? Thanks

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  • @Catsunami probably downvoted due to an easily found duplicate...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 21:24
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In case the name.lastname@ of an email is already taken, is it ok to add one or two numbers after your last name?

Yes. It is still considered professional.

Are people and employers going to notice such a thing?

Generally, no. Try to avoid numbers that give away your age and don't use controversial numbers like 666, 69 or 420.

Other strategies, you may want to consider adding a middle initial or a middle name to your email address, or using _ instead of ..

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    To add on to this, some professionals I know add location (e.g. "Canada") to their email if they have a common name. So it could be [email protected].
    – Catsunami
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 21:18
  • @Catsunami That might work in Canada, but probably not in the UK...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 21:23
  • Why use _ (underscore) instead of . (dot)? The . seems very customary now.
    – Brandin
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 21:27
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    @Brandin Gmail actually disregards the dot in the email address so [email protected] and [email protected] will go to the same user, but [email protected] is different from [email protected]
    – jcmack
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 21:59
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    @SolarMike of course it wouldn't work in the UK - why have Canada in your address if you live in the UK? :-)
    – Mawg
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 8:22
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In case the name.lastname@ of an email is already taken, is it ok to add one or two numbers after your last name? Are people and employers going to notice such a thing? Is it still professional to use a couple of numbers if no other alternative is possible?

Yes it is professional. If you work for a big company it isn't unusual to have to use numbers to assign unique email addresses. I have seen this on systems that use full names as well as systems that use initials. Nobody will notice a number and think it is unprofessional.

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