When it comes to searching for a job, email is your new best friend. With just a few clicks you can:
- Submit your resume and cover letter in response to an online job advertisement;
- Reach out to contacts in your network;
- Send thank you notes to recruiters or hiring managers following an interview.
And, while email may be commonplace, there are still benefits to utilizing proper email etiquette as a job seeker. To help you put your communication in the best possible light, and make sure your email gets the attention it deserves, we’ve put together a list of the top email etiquette tips for job seekers.
Before we get into the details, let’s look at what general email etiquette entails.
Always write in full sentences, keeping paragraphs short. Brevity is king, so keep your message concise.
- Include detailed information on who you are and why you’re sending the email.
- Avoid using emoticons, slang, acronyms, or ALL CAPS; and,
- be sure to use a professional signature such as ‘Kindest regards,’ or simply ‘Sincerely.’
The subject line of your email is potentially the most important part of your entire email message, especially if you are sending an email to someone you haven’t dealt with before. Make it easy on the person your emailing by clarifying the contents of your message. For example, if you’re responding to a job advertisement, a good subject line is: Application for Accountant Position: Jane Smith
The one real downside in email communication is misinterpretation. It’s easy for something you’ve written to be misread. You might think your comment is endearing, but your reader might find it condescending or unprofessional. To avoid potential misunderstandings try to make your email more formal than casual.
Have a Professional Email Address
Ideally, an email address that has the same name as your application is the best; consistency is good when it comes to applications. But if that’s isn’t possible, a straightforward email@example.com email will always put you in a better position over an application that comes with firstname.lastname@example.org
And here’s another tip: many businesses use Gmail as their server. If you use Gmail make sure the photo you have on your account is professional; your potential employer might be looking.
Proofread. Then Proofread Again
Sometimes applying for jobs can feel like you’re doing a hundred things at once. It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum, but do yourself a big favor and take a breath before hitting the send button. Even the best of us make occasional typos, so it’s worth your while to reread your email before you send it off. And if you read your message out loud you’ll find it easier to identify misspelled or wrong words included in your message. It might feel like an extra step, but it’s worth it. You can’t hit ‘unsend’ on an application for your dream job.
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