16 Tips for Job Search Email Success

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Email plays an increasingly important role in our lives both in and out of the office. In fact, the most popular web mail service, Yahoo! Mail turned 10 years old in October, 2007 with 250 million users. TechCrunch reported recently that Yahoo leads the pack followed by MSN with 228 million accounts and Gmail with 51 million. Needless to say, many people are relying on email in their job search as much as they rely on it for personal entertainment or communicating with friends. The following tips will help job seekers to use email effectively in the job search.
  1. Be professional with job search emails. Grammar still matters and punctuation is still important. If you had help with your resume from a career counselor, resume writing software or from anyone else, your resume and cover letter probably look really good. Your emails need to maintain the same high standards and should look as edited and proofed as your resume does.
  2. Make sure the email subject line includes your name and the document attached. E.g. Joe Jobseeker – List of References.
  3. Think seriously about not adding a quote to your email address for the job search. If you chose to add a quote, think about whose quote you use and what the recruiter might think about you as they read your chosen quote.
  4. Read and follow email application instructions from employers carefully. If they require that you respond by email, do so. If it states otherwise - do otherwise. Some employers might even give you instructions for the format, document type or font size to use when submitting resumes via emails.
  5. Use an email address that you will check often when communicating with employers. Recruiters hate to have emails bounce back for closed accounts or full mailboxes.
  6. If you are using a signature with address and contact information, as you should, there is no need to add your email address in this signature again.
  7. Be sure to remove recruiters’ emails from your email lists. The last thing you want to do is inadvertently send inappropriate jokes, chain letters or a virus on to a recruiter or hiring manager.
  8. It's a good idea to email the latest copy of your resume to yourself. This way you can always pick it up in cyberspace from a web mail account like Yahoo!, MSN or Google at any time.
  9. Email is not for everything. Do not use email for urgent messages such as getting directions to an interview or to inform the recruiter that you will be late. Make a phone call instead.
  10. Remember that email is not private. Once you write it down it is on record somewhere. Be careful what you say.
  11. It is acceptable to write a cover letter in email. No need to write an introduction and then add a cover letter and a resume. Use the body of the email as your cover letter.
  12. Pay close attention to the tone of your email. It is almost impossible to tell how someone will react to an email, even with all kinds of emoticons, which you want to limit. Save drafts and read again later for tone before you hit the send button.
  13. Avoid creating your resume in Microsoft Works or older versions of Microsoft Word which the recruiter may not be able to open if you send it as an attachment.
  14. It is recommended to use 10-12 point fonts in black and avoid textured backgrounds.
  15. Watch use of graphics in your emails and avoid the instant messaging chatter and abbreviations.
  16. Write your email content and subject line before adding the recipient's address. This will help you inadvertently send the email off before it is complete.
Bottom line? Stay professional and remember that even though we are in the instant messaging age, your job search emails must represent you well.

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  • Dawn L
    Dawn L
    I thought it was pretty informative.  I learned from it.  Great job and thanks!
  • matthew h
    matthew h
    I think it's very informal .
  • John S
    John S
    Good info, thanks for posting
  • Richard M
    Richard M
    Very good information Thank you Rich M
  • Anna M
    Anna M
    I learned something I had never thought of.  This information is a good source.Thank you,Anna M
  • Rick P
    Rick P
    This list is full of fluff and pretty useless to me. #11 should be way up at #2. The rest are mostly general guidelines that apply to all business correspondence, not just job search emails.
  • Senon M
    Senon M
    This article is excellent. Surely  will help those people looking for job.  
  • Bernadette M
    Bernadette M
    Thank you for this information.
  •  Eleni V
    Eleni V
    Thank you for a great article.  The information you provided is very helpful.
  • Francisco M
    Francisco M
    Thank you for the info you are giving. I appreciate it very much.
  •  Patricia P
    Patricia P
    I found this article on e-mail and how to e-mail jobs very good. I have been wanting to know if e-mails for cover letters and other information would be proper when wanting to make contact with potential employers. I was also wanting to know the best way to approach a potential employer. this article covered, and answered many of my questions. Thank you.
  • Kaylene T
    Kaylene T
    In previous positions I worked as a Recruiter the 16 steps are a great reminder.Thank you!Kaylene Taylor
  • Dana H
    Dana H
    I appreciate the advice. It was really helpful.
  • Clara M
    Clara M
    Well thought out. Useful information for all professionals, not just job seekers.
  • Debra H
    Debra H
    The article was very helpful.
  • subramani k
    subramani k
    Thank you for the tips and all very good points of reference.
  • Doreen M
    Doreen M
    Great information
  • Kathy F
    Kathy F
    Thank you for the tips and all very good points of reference.  Whilst I've followed these pointers on my emails, covers and resume, I'm still in the hunt for that perfect job!!  I do agree with Eric J. that this internet era of  job hunting is a bit faulty in that a prospective employer can't possibly review all the resumes and also get a "feel" about you from an email and the few words you say about yourself.  The submission process can also be a bit challenging as you apply via a sometimes complicated form-fill.  The most frustrating though to me, is not receiving an acknowledgment that your resume was actually received.  Good luck everyone and good hunting!! k
  • John O
    John O
    This is good information which i can depend on and it's nice for point  it out. thank you for your advice on the issue of resume.
  • Lorraine H
    Lorraine H
    Great article!
  • Stacey L
    Stacey L
    Good info. I think I have it covered, in part because I don't know how to do some of those things!
  • Cora V
    Cora V
    To Tanya M. Employers DON'T look at every resume; that's why you need to make your cover letter stand out and make them WANT to read YOUR resume. Format important words to catch the employers' eye. In some companies your resume is not seen by human eyes so if you don't use some their job description words and/or phrases your resume will be kicked out. You have to give yourself an edge over other job seekers. Good luck!!
  •  Marie C
    Marie C
    This information was very helpful . Thank you very much.
  • robert r
    robert r
    I found the information very helpful.
  • Ben
    i'm pleased to see that some one cares about me and show me how i can do a proper & professional job search! it's very helpful.

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