Your e-mail address is a valuable tool when looking for work. Aside from the fact that almost all, if not all, job applications are now submitted by e-mail, it is best practice to consider the following when sending your application.
- Your e-mail address – just like your phone number – must be indicated on every page of your document; just in case your e-mail gets deleted after your document is downloaded or printed out.
- Create a special e-mail address that connotes a professional name instead of using your old e-mail address that you created for your social contacts. email@example.com is a cute name for your friends but not as professional sounding for your job search. firstname.lastname@example.org is more appropriate.
- Don’t use numbers or special characters for quick recall. Your e-mail address must be easy to remember; particularly when recruiters or hiring managers want to communicate quickly with you without having to search for your document.
- Write a catchy and interesting words on the subject line that would hook in the reader right away. Instead of putting “Résumé of John Doe”, use “Certified General Accountant with 10 years experience”. Right away on the subject line, and even without opening your e-mail, the reader already knows your education and experience. Another way is to put in the most essential specification on the job posting that you possess: “Engineer with Oil-Industry Experience.” If this is a rare qualification, your e-mail will definitely get opened first.
- Never use your employer e-mail address when sending or receiving or communicating with prospective employer. Not only is it unethical but accidentally intercepting your communications is definitely embarrassing and may cause you your job.