Email Job-Hunting Tips

Keli W. Rodriguez

E-mail is an easy, inexpensive and efficient way of handling certain types of business correspondence. For this reason, it is essential that job seekers know basic e-mail etiquette. the following e-mail tips will help make your e-mail box an effective job search tool.

E-mail Address
When you choose an e-mail address for job searching you need to pick something that sounds professional. The e-mail address you choose will appear on your resume and all your correspondence with recruiters and potential employers.

Restrict the use of this e-mail address for work purposes only, do not pass it out to shopping sites or friends and family.

Carefully Edit E-mails
First things first, when you compose your e-mails make sure you use an attractive subject tag. The subject line should be relevant to the e-mail topic, but it should look important. Remember when a potential employer is scanning their e-mail box they have a lot to read.

Your e-mail needs to stand out so that it gets read promptly. When you are composing your e-mails make sure you check them carefully for spelling and grammar.

Small mistakes with spelling and grammar can make you look unprofessional. Additionally, when you compose e-mails don’t write a book. Keep correspondence short, sweet and to the point. Lengthy e-mails are often skipped for the purpose of saving time.

Be Prompt
Make sure that you check your e-mail often so that you can respond to e-mails in a prompt manner. Time is of the essence when you get an e-mail regarding a job and you don’t want to wait around and give another candidate the chance to get the job before you. You should make sure that all of your e-mails are answered with a 24 hour time frame.

It is no different than returning a phone call, being prompt makes you look more professional. If you wait too long to respond it signifies a lack of interest – and it also makes you look unprofessional.

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