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3 Easy Steps To Break Up With Your Email (And Never Have to Think of It Again)

If you think you’re alone in hanging onto your middle school email address, you’re not. Eventually, the time will come where you’ve outgrown backstreeeetboyz4eva@yahoo.com and a more mature email provider (and address, hopefully) beckons. Here’s how to make the email break-up process as painless as possible. Though there are many wonderful email providers today, we’ll be exploring the two most common, Gmail and Outlook.


If you’d prefer the heavy lifting be done by professionals (expensively), you can always hire a service to migrate your emails for you, such as Aid4Mail or YippieMove.

Step One: Pack Up and Go (or How to Migrate Your Old Inbox Into Your New Inbox)

Migrating your emails will allow you to keep everything you once shared with your former email, but with a new, kinder, better-looking email.

Gmail

Migrating from Yahoo or AOL into Gmail is fairly simple using Gmail’s Mail Fetcher tool. Here’s how.

1. Sign into your new Gmail account (if you’re carrying over your Backstreet Boys branding, please do reconsider), select the gear icon, then Settings

2. Open Accounts tab

3. Select Add a POP3 mail account you own option from the Check mail from other accounts section

4. Enter your former email address, click Next Step, and enter your password

5. Select your preferred options, such as Archive Incoming Messages or Leave a Copy of Retrieved Message on the Server

6. Select Add Account

Outlook

1. Sign into your new Outlook account

2. From Settings, select Connected Accounts

3. Click Other Email Accounts

4. Submit your former email address and password

5. Hit Confirm

Step Two: How to Keep Tabs on Your Ex (or How to Forward Your Old Email)

Migration doesn’t take care of forwarding any new emails that come in from your old address, so if you still want to see flashes of your past from time to time, forward away with the methods below.

If you don’t want to see your old emails all of the time, you can create filters to leave the spam untouched. Find out how here.

Gmail

1. Open Gmail and select the gear icon

2. Click Settings

3. Choose the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab

4. Select Add a forwarding address

5. Submit new address

6. You'll receive a verification email at your new email address, hit the verification link

Outlook

1. Select the gear icon and click More Email Settings

2. Choose Email Forwarding

3. Check Forward your mail to another email account. Submit new email address

Step Three: Notify the World of Your Freedom (or How to Change Connected Accounts and Tell Your Friends and Family)

The continued integration of digital products into our everyday lives usually serves to make life easier for us, but in this case, it can range from a mild annoyance to an all-out fiasco. Here’s how to mitigate between the two.

Note: You don’t HAVE to change your email on the accounts you hold, but it’s a good idea to swap your email, should your former email encounter any issues, or, if you decide to let it die. (Again, it doesn’t need to, if you do all of the above).

If you use a password organizer such as DashLane or 1Password, shifting your accounts will be far easier, as you already have a list of all the places you’ve registered within these apps.

If you don’t use a password manager, you’ll need to hunt down all the places you’ve registered. Your life can be made slightly easier by searching through your emails for terms such as confirm your email, verify your email, new account, verify account, confirm account, etc...I know this is painful, but it’s almost over!

Lastly, be sure to send a note to anyone you want to stay in touch with from your new email address. And if there are others you don’t want to stay in touch with - then simply don’t inform them.

Be sure to download our handy guide here for a shortcut on all the info laid bare above.

Now go forth, prosper, and enjoy your new email address!

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

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Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

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How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

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10 Tips to Stand Out at a Virtual Job Fair

Your guide to preparing for virtual career fairs and making a great impression with recruiters

According to a LinkedIn survey, up to 85% of jobs are filled via networking. For job seekers, virtual job fairs make networking with recruiters more convenient. You can interact with potential employers from all over the world, ask them questions, and apply for jobs. Every event is different, but they most often include video conferencing features, chat rooms, and Q&A sessions.

Dilyara Timerbulatova, Virtual Job Fair Coordinator at PowerToFly explains that, "virtual job fairs have many benefits, namely connecting top talent and recruiters that would otherwise never cross paths. These events are a tool to help companies build well-rounded, diverse teams that align with the company culture and business vision."

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Pride At Work: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors at our June 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Pride At Work, three days of conversations and panels plus an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Pride At Work summit certainly made us proud! PowerToFly was thrilled to present talks by members of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside some amazing allies. Our conversations ranged from leaders at the highest levels of government positions to visionaries in the worlds of business & tech to artists from the music and entertainment industry. If you tuned in, and celebrated our speakers, thank you! And if you missed the summit or would like to re-watch any of the talks, those conversations will all be available to watch for free on PowerToFly.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors American Express, NGA, Smartsheet, S&P Global, Raytheon Technologies, PwC and Esri plus our media partner MMCA.

If you can, please consider donating to some of the amazing organizations we highlighted at the summit including GLITS, fighting for the health and rights of transgender sex workers; Garden State Equality, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in New Jersey, with over 150,000 members; National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, including people living with HIV/AIDS; and NYC Anti-Violence Project, empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Plus, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel. 100% of the proceeds from our sales will be going to TransTech Social, supporting transgender and non-binary people in tech.

Finally, registration for our July 12th - 15th virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Tech For Social Impact is now open! Join us to learn about founders from mission-driven organizations and their social impact. Register for free here
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