Think about this as you’re composing and sending out job search email.
In your job search email, you’re reaching out to:
- a recruiter,
- a hiring manager at a company you’re targeting,
- someone in your network, or
- someone you don’t know at a target company, with whom you want to network.
The first things they will notice in their email inbox are your email address and the subject line of your email message.
Above all, you don’t want your email message to land in spam or cause the recipient to immediately delete it.
Either or both of these may happen, if you get the following 2 things wrong.
2 Job Search Email Mistakes
1. Off-putting Email Address
You are a professional. You want to be seen as such. Your email address needs to be professional and, if at all possible, support your personal brand.
How do you think an executive recruiter or hiring decision maker will respond when they receive an email from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org?
Take a look at the email address you’re using for job search.
Make sure it isn’t silly-sounding or profane, or that the letters come together to convey an unintended meaning. Don’t include your date of birth, or even just your birth year.
Set up a designated job search email account. Create a professional, brand-reinforcing email address – “your name” plus ideally some descriptive word about your work, or a credential, such as:
If your ideal email address is taken, try adding your zip code or the zip code of the area in which you’re job-hunting.
In addition, never use an email address associated with your current employer. Your privacy can easily be compromised and, when you move on, you may not be able to retrieve those email messages.
Want to further seal the deal that the recipient will actually open and read your email? Pay attention to the subject line.
2. Inappropriate or Non-Existent Subject Line
Think of this as a headline or teaser, marketing your qualifications and value. You want to entice people to read your email message.
Therefore, capture attention with the subject line and help the reader know immediately what your message is about. For instance, something useless like “Greetings” or “Hello” doesn’t do much. It’s nearly as bad as having nothing in the subject line.
Often in job search, your emails will be archived by recipients for future retrieval. Don’t let yours get lost in the sea of emails these people have on file. Make it easy for them to find yours in an instant.
They will likely search their archived emails using relevant keywords and phrases, so be sure to get those into your subject line.
A good subject line may read:
Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Finance Sector – Specializing in Security and Risk Management