Today, it is inevitable that at some
point during your job search you will be communicating with your potential
employer via email.
Email by nature tends to feel less
formal than more traditional forms of communication and that can be a problem. Here
are 5 rules to help you avoid common email mistakes.
- Don't get too comfortable. You should always
treat email correspondence the same way you would if you were writing a
traditional letter. Always use a standard greeting and a closing in every email,
every time. I always thought it was rather rude when a candidate couldn't even
take the time to include a salutation at the beginning of the email or in
closing didn't bother to thank me for my time or at the very least wish me a
- Don't be mysterious or vague with your subject
line. It's not unusual for hiring managers to receive dozens, or even hundreds
of emails if they are handling several open positions. Subject lines like "job
application" can get easily get lost or passed over in a busy inbox. If you want
to increase the chances your email will be read then try to be as specific as
possible in your subject line. "Experienced family NP for urgent care position"
or "PA with 5 years of surgical experience for inpatient position" is much more
- Watch your spelling and grammar. Remember, you
are applying for a job not texting your BFF. Do not use abbreviations or
expressions such as LOL. And never, ever
include a smiley face. J You should always write in full sentences, use
spellcheck and go easy on the punctuation!!!
Exclamation points have no place in a professional email.
- Please write an actual letter. Emails that say
only "I am interested in your job" or "my resume is attached" are an epic fail.
Seriously, if you can't bother to write any more than a line or two you might
as well just come out and say "I don't value your position" in your email.
- Re-evaluate your email address. If it's not
professional sounding then create a new one. The best email addresses are your email@example.com. Oh, and if you are
currently employed don't use your work email when you are applying for a new
job. That just looks bad. And lastly, check your email often if you are job