Is it a better idea to use my gmail or [email protected] in a resume? I have a spooky domain name, similar to codinghorror.com, it's about programming and stuff too, and it is very well designed, it doesn't look spammy. And I am applying for a programming job, if it matters.

What email to use?

Let me put it like this:

is [email protected] better or worst than [email protected]?

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  • @JoeStrazzere neither of those links say anything about your personal domain name
    – Lynob
    Feb 27, 2014 at 13:35
  • @SeanDuggan please read my comment
    – Lynob
    Feb 27, 2014 at 13:36
  • is "Putting your e-mail on your resume" similar to my question? I can't see similarities, the guy asking about his hotmail and whether he should get a gmail... maybe i just can't see it, nevermind
    – Lynob
    Feb 27, 2014 at 14:00
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    was this not literally on the front page of this stack? like 4 or 5 down?
    – Marriott81
    Feb 27, 2014 at 14:12

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Ultimately, it's a matter of what image the reader is going to get. Since you're concerned, but haven't disclosed what the name of this "spooky" domain name is, I can only assume that it's something that you feel could potentially be an issue. A general rule of thumb I've heard is that if you have to ask, it's probably not appropriate (as with most rules of thumb, it's far from an absolute, of course. Only Sith deal in absolutes). Probably, your best bet is to run it by a neutral third party, and see what their reaction is to your email address. That could include us if you're willing to share it.

As a more general thing, using your own domain name is considered classy, but if your domain name could leave a bad impression, of course, that kind of overrules it.

As regards your later edit, I would probably have a negative reaction to a domain name such as "CodingHorror.com". If I were not familiar with the site in question, it would look flippant at best, and unintentionally self-revealing at worst.

  • I edited the question to add the details requested
    – Lynob
    Feb 27, 2014 at 13:54
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    {nods} It's the kind of domain that would leave me with a raised eyebrow, but not rule you out immediately. You will want to be prepared to get asked about it. It might ultimately become a plus if it leads to interesting anecdotes. Feb 27, 2014 at 13:59

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