Emails like firstname.lastname@example.org are the quickest way to send your resume to the shredder. For business owners the standard is even higher. Non-personalized emails from major providers like @gmail, @hotmail, or @mac tell customers that you don’t have your act together.
Luckily, Google Apps provides a simple solution to hook up a custom domain to their excellent email services and more.
First, go to Google Apps.
Click on the ‘Get started’ button. If you own your own domain enter it into the open field. If not, Google will register one for you for $10/yr. Three basic tips to a great domain:
- Incorporate your name. Duh, it’s your email! You aren’t soccerchica7 anymore. Let potential employers see that your name is important to you.
- Use initials to find an available domain. The 10,000 most popular last names are already taken so you will likely end up using a combination of initials.
- Avoid incorporating a play on words. You’ll have plenty of time to show people that you’re clever and witty. You don’t need to in your email address. Stick with your name and you’ll be able to use the same email for any recipient.
Once you have your domain fill out a few fields for Google. In return you will receive a powerful mail client for personal or business usage.