Free Email Accounts
There are a variety of free web-based email services, like Gmail and Yahoo, that you can use. You'll be able to check your email online from any computer, so using web mail is a good way to stay on top of your job search.
Do be sure you have an email account name that is appropriate for business use i.e. email@example.com not firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you've set up the account send a few test messages to make sure you can send and receive mail.
Then use this email account for all your job search communications - to apply for jobs, post your resume, and connect with your contacts. Be sure to check your email frequently so you can respond immediately to employers who are interested in hiring you.
Your Work Email Account
Don't use your work email address for job searching or networking. Don't send resumes and cover letters from your work email account or use that email address when you apply for jobs online. Many companies monitor email communications and you don't want to get caught job searching from work.
Job Search Email Etiquette
Job search email etiquette including what to write in your job search emails, how to format your email, how to make sure your email message is read, and sample job search email messages.