I use a nickname that makes me identifiable anywhere on the internet. As neither Stack Overflow, nor most of the SE sites are related to my "internet persona", I decided not to register with that name here, but kept my full name instead.

My e-mail address, however reflects to this nickname. To be precise, it is (something like) [email protected], and I use it practically everywhere, even for receiving messages from the university.

Now, however, I have to apply to a job to gain experience (I can't have a degree without it) and I was asked for sending a CV via e-mail.

Would it ruin the image about me, if I use katamori123 as usual? Is it recommended to make an e-mail like [email protected] or it's safe to keep using the other one?

  • @JoeStrazzere it's not a regular job, but rather about being a trainee or something. Couldn't find a better way of explaining; just my lack of proper English, I'm sorry. But anyways, it's general here,maybe even in the entire country. Feb 8, 2016 at 16:05
  • @JoeStrazzere also, I've already checked the answer you tagged, but was unsure if I can consider that nickname unprofessional. Feb 8, 2016 at 16:06
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    I wouldn't worry about it. It isn't offensive, and I promise you they've seen much worse geekery.
    – keshlam
    Feb 8, 2016 at 16:13
  • That name is not offensive to me but I am not a recruiter. In the name of privacy and fraud I would not want an email name that could be guessed.
    – paparazzo
    Feb 8, 2016 at 17:13
  • Does your university provide an email address? Since you are applying for trainee positions where they are presumably hiring university students, consider just using your uni-assigned address for this.
    – Brandin
    Feb 9, 2016 at 10:29

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Definitely change it to something more professional.

Imagine the recruiter looking through a stack of resumes. Anyone with a [email protected] type of email is probably not getting a second look.

Additionally, when someone looks at their e-mail and sees a communication from "katamori12" they may just delete it thinking it came from some kind of spam bot.

Give yourself the best shot at any given job by having a clean, professional e-mail address listed.

Note: And definitely consider making your resume e-mail a g-mail one. I've had recruiters set up my interview appointment through Google Calendar.

  • Yes, that very last sentence explains perfectly, why I was skeptical - even if user keshlam among the comments of the question is right. Feb 8, 2016 at 16:18
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    If you're nervous, setting up a new mailbox more directly attached to your name certainly won't hurt.
    – keshlam
    Feb 8, 2016 at 16:20

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