Personal or University Email while Networking?

Pretty straightforward - should I use my .edu email account for networking emails (alumni, cold, everything) or just stick to my gmail? I know the benefit of using an .edu account includes the receiving end might see that .edu domain and hopefully (if they're alum) that'll hook them, but are there any downsides to using your university email? Besides the fact that all your emails are one big muddled mess, for those of us who like to compartmentalize. I prefer using my gmail, but it's so overridden with junk and spam that it's just about as neat as using my school ID, which is also overridden with junk & spam (except from real people). Regardless, it's still separate from using an email specifically for on-campus business. Any advice is welcome...

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Jun 27, 2016 - 3:23pm

I think you're overthinking. Just use whatever email you frequently use on a daily basis. Don't switch over to .edu just because you think alumni will look at it and think of you highly. If your school is on your resume, they will already take note of that.

Jul 7, 2016 - 11:46am

College E-mail Address Domain or Gmail? (Originally Posted: 06/29/2017)

Hey all,

I am a finance professional with ~5-6 years of experience - previously did IB and now on the buyside. Since graduation, I have been using a college affiliated domain for sending personal e-mails (e.g.,, but wanted to know your thoughts on whether it begins to look unprofessional or somewhat childish as you move through the years.

I am a little weary of creating a new e-mail address just to appear more in line with what others have, but wanted to get some opinions on this. I am beginning to reconnect with headhunters, which prompted this thought. Thanks.

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Jul 7, 2016 - 11:50am

Gmail/Hotmail vs. Uni mail (Originally Posted: 09/11/2012)

Hi all,

First of all I would like to thank you for all the articles and forum postings, as they helped me a lot so far in terms of internship acceptances. Usually I am searching the forum but I couldn't find a specific answer to the following questions:

1) What looks better (more professional) on a resume: [email protected]/ or [email protected] ? (yes I am attendending a Dutch Uni :) )

2) At the moment I have [email protected]. Is it better to change it to [email protected]? (or is there even a better combination?)

Furthermore, my uni is a non-target school.

I know that this is a somewhat subjective question and that better is a broad and relative term, but I really hope you can help me out with some tips.

Thanks in advance!

Jul 7, 2016 - 11:57am

If you have an, that is ok too

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Jul 7, 2016 - 12:00pm

Gmail or Uni, i dont think it matters. It matters more on the content of your email and what you're requesting imo.

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Jul 7, 2016 - 12:01pm

Hahahahaa, the bangbros comment made my day :)
Of course an email account doesn't land you an interview, but I was just optimizing my resume and I stumbled upon that.
Thanks for your replies, they answered my question.

Jul 7, 2016 - 12:02pm

gmail vs. college webmail for networking after graduation (Originally Posted: 12/28/2011)

Would it be useful to retain the .edu address for reaching out to alumni or should I create a gmail account for email/networking after graduation? I've been using my school email address to do almost everything for almost four years...

Jul 7, 2016 - 12:03pm

Gmail and have your old school email forwarded to your gmail account. Your email should say where you went to school possibly the subject line as well.

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Jul 7, 2016 - 12:05pm

Do Bankers' emails automatically filter out ".edu" email addresses as spam? (Originally Posted: 06/07/2016)

Title says it all, I heard from a classmate that many bankers autofilter ".edu" emails and I'd be better off using a gmail account. I am currently interning for a commercial bank that gave me an email, but I might not be able to take time off it to get coffee with an IB hiring manager, and I'm worried the email address will get disabled after the internship ends.

What type of email do you think I should use?

Jul 7, 2016 - 12:07pm


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Jul 7, 2016 - 12:10pm

Your classmate is either giving you shit or completely talking out of his ass (more likely). In general, don't listen to your fellow undergrads about shit like that.

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Jul 7, 2016 - 12:12pm

If u have a .com email u will get ignored

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Jul 7, 2016 - 12:13pm

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