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I was looking on a person's resume and he has put his email like this: [email protected].

I am talking about that additional +resume. I want to know:

  1. How this type of email address works?
  2. How do I create email like that with my present Gmail address?

I tried creating an email address with + in between, but Gmail only allows letters, numbers and periods.

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Anything after the + sign in the email prefix is generally ignored by mail servers and resolves and sends to the address without the [+word]. It's a way to easily track who sends you email.

In your example, [email protected] would receive the email, and "+resume" would be ignored, but the recipient ([email protected]) will receive an email with [email protected] in the recipient (TO) list.

See Gmail reference: Using an address alias

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    You can't create an account as such. It must be an alias.
    – Jacob Jan
    Jan 13, 2013 at 8:39
  • @MacGyver Got it. Jan 13, 2013 at 8:43
  • It works with virtually all email addresses/providers as well, not only Gmail
    – shea
    Jan 20, 2013 at 3:09
  • @SantoshKumar You should probably also know that while this is part of the email standard and a great technique, you'll still receive an "invalid email" in a fair amount of web applications.
    – Alpha
    Jan 20, 2013 at 14:36

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