You may think, "Who cares about my email address? Like an employer is really going to look at that!" However, an unprofessional email address can make all the difference in whether they call you back for an interview or not. Your email address could be a factor in your job search.

In today's technology-driven world your email address is your first impression. A potential employer will see that even before they have opened your CV attachment! Having an inappropriate email address such as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the same as showing up to a job interview in your PJs or a bikini, completely unprofessional.

Many people have had their email addresses since they were much younger. They may not even recall when they first got it and their age at the time may have significantly influenced their choice – a choice that would undoubtedly NOT be selected now they are an adult. Now is the time to make a change to your email address because it is the very first thing people see when they communicate with you online, even before your name. You don't want to get your application automatically deleted because their first impression of you is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Here are a few best practices when it comes to choosing a suitable email address for a successful job search.

Keep it professional: Avoid email addresses which incorporate your nickname, pet’s name, hobby or any other personal information besides your name.

Keep it simple: The best email addresses are those which are simple and easy to read and understand. Avoid using numbers and symbols because these can cause confusion as they are easily typed incorrectly.

Keep it appropriate: If you're having a hard time finding a suitable combination of your name, don't give up. A professional email address could really help you land an interview and maybe even the job. Instead, expand your options to include your middle name, initial or a word related to the job field you're looking at.

Creating a new professional email address also shows potential employers that you are a serious candidate, it's easy and more importantly, free. Take your time and create an email address that you're not embarrassed to share with employers because with so much competition out there, you've got to be sure you do everything you can to land the job. Don't let an inappropriate email address make a negative first impression on your potential employer.