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Upgrade your job search email strategy

Veronica C. | August 1, 2012

While in the past walking into a company’s front lobby or directly calling a hiring manager were the best ways of showing initiative when applying for premium entry level jobs and internships, today, email is the chosen means of communication. Because of this, you may need to upgrade your current understanding of this avenue when corresponding with potential employers. Here are three things to keep in mind.

Professional address
If you thought up your current email address in middle school and the name you chose reflects that age’s typical level of maturity, chances are you won’t be hearing back from many employers. Make sure your chosen address is simple and professional sounding – a variation on your name is often the best course of action.

Informative signature
A great way to demonstrate your familiarity with the email portion of a job search is through an impressive signature. In addition to providing your name and career direction, this can include links to your website, social media accounts, writing samples and more for employers to easily access.

Alternate address
Whether or not your email address is appropriate for submitting job applications, you may want to create a separate account to contain all of your relevant career emails. This will allow you to keep this correspondence distinct from your personal email so nothing gets lost or confused down the line.

 

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