No debate about the fact that emails are a big part of today’s job search. Data shows that 183 billion email messages are sent every day. That’s about 2 million per second. Since about 70% of the emails might be spam and viruses, Recruiters, like most email users, are very quick to decide what’s relevant and what should go.
These 3 tips will help job seekers keep job search emails professional.
1. Grammar and punctuation still matters.
Some students take the time to write a great resume and cover letter together, only to send them to an employer attached to a poorly written email. Everyone makes errors, but proofreading your email before sending will increase the chances of your resume actually being seen. Use the spell/grammar check feature in your Microsoft Word program.
2. Make sure the email subject line includes your name and the document attached.
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.Here is an example – Joe Jobseeker; List of References.
3. Think seriously before adding quotes to your professional email address.
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. Think about how your quote could be interpreted by the reader.