Tuesday, March 23, 2010
3 Tips to Keep Job Search Emails Professional
These 3 tips will help job seekers keep job search emails professional in a tight job market.
1. Grammar and punctuation still matters. Too many people spend a lot of time getting a great resume and cover letter together, only to send them to an employer attached to an email that is poorly written. Everyone makes errors, but proofreading your email before sending will increase the chances of your resume actually being seen.
2. Make sure the email subject line includes your name and the document attached. Eg Joe Jobseeker – List of References. Since 70% of emails are spam or viruses, many suspect emails with attachments do not get opened. Increase your chances by having a clear subject line. The email marketing industry actually suggests a strong subject line of about 5-7 words.
3. Think seriously about not adding a quote to your professional email address for the job search. If you chose to add one, think about whose quote you use and what the recruiter might think about you when they read it. The quote WILL inadvertently say something about you. There will be time for them to get to know you after you are hired.