Friday, April 5, 2013

SMART Job Seeker Cheat Sheet: E-mail Etiquette

 By Mary Salvino, Career Management Coach

This easy-to-use cheat sheet pulls together the best tips, tricks, and advice from our archives.  It has been created to provide clear recommendations on how to address the most common areas for improvement related to e-mail etiquette during your job search:

  • Create/use a professional e-mail address that incorporates your name
  • Create/use a standard signature that includes your name, phone number and hyperlink to you LinkedIn profile
  • Do no use the ‘High-Importance’ feature when replying to an advertisement
  • When applying for a similar job with a different company, do not use the ‘forward’ feature
  • Include all required information, i.e. job title and competition number, in the subject box
  • Suss out the name of the hiring manager and use it - Send a copy of the documents you are sending to the e-mail address in the advertisement to the direct e-mail address of the hiring manager
  • Refrain from using all capital letters in your correspondence
  • Do not use company specific abbreviations
  • Do not use smiley faces or other emoticons
  • Check for correct spelling and grammar before you click ‘send’
  • NEVER apply for a job from your current place of employment

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