I am always amazed how people use their employer’s email for “jobsearch”.
For example, LINKEDIN.
If you suddenly become a newly minted turkey (i.e., get nuked from your current job), then do you really want your LinkedIn account tied to your old employer’s email address?
I’d suggest “no” is the answer to that one.
Also, but slightly less passionately, just slightly, I would assert that you don’t want your ISP to control your email.
There’s a reason they give you and your family free email and it’s not for your benefit because they are “nice guys”. Account control! You can’t easily change ISPs if they have control of “your” email address. Intelligent Designer forbid, you can even use their “free” webspace to put your content under their control. That’s another barrier to changing.
(It’s really bad if your employer is your isp. But, that’s a different discussion.)
Nope, I suggest that you buy your own domain and hang your email off that.
If you really want to use your ISP’s email, you CAN forward the email from your domain email at the WSP to your ISP email account. BUT, I suggest that you “route” all your email thru “your” email account at the WSP.
Don’t give anyone a chance to lock you in. Buy internet access from your ISP. Buy webspace from any reputable WSP.
[Mine is 1and1 http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9113251 and disclaimer I get a pittance if your sign up from this link. It’s no big deal to me if you do or don’t.]
You should get lots of truly free email addresses with your webpage service provider.
Use your domain email to prevent “lock in” to your ISP and (more importantly) “lock out” from your employer’s email should you get fired or quit.