Is it a better idea to use my gmail or me@mydomain.com 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 Jeff@codinghorror.com better or worst than Jeffatwood@gmail.com?

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  • @JoeStrazzere neither of those links say anything about your personal domain name – Lynob Feb 27 '14 at 13:35
  • @SeanDuggan please read my comment – Lynob Feb 27 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 14:12

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 '14 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. – Sean Duggan Feb 27 '14 at 13:59

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