My email address is '{initials}.{first name}@gmail.com'.

I created this when I was 15 and have used it through high school and 2 years of college. I sent an email to a friend the other day and he pointed out that I should change it because it is unprofessional and 'weird'.

I'll be applying for jobs soon and would like to know if what an email address really makes a difference. Would it give a bad first impression to an employer? Should I make a new one before it is too late?

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    i use my firstname.lastname@... and no one has ever commented on my e-mail. Unless your initials + name spell something weird then your friend is completely out of line.
    – AndreiROM
    Apr 8, 2016 at 14:52
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    If you can pick up a domain with your name and use that. But I can't imagine a situation in which an employer is going to care as long as it's not [email protected] Apr 8, 2016 at 15:16
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    I'd say your friend is "weird". Unless your initials spell something silly or offensive, there's nothing wrong with this at all. Apr 8, 2016 at 15:16
  • Too subjective to give a definitive answer but I'd stick with conservative/professional for an e-mail address unless your professional experience tells you otherwise e.g. for some kind of creative job. Apr 8, 2016 at 15:32
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    @uncertainty_principle If it isn't obvious, maybe that would be a reason to change it. Not because it's "unprofessional", but if it's obvious then it's better.
    – Brandin
    Apr 8, 2016 at 16:36