You might have the perfect skills and the best-looking resume. But none of that matters if you use bad e-mail manners when contacting employers.
Silly or Offensive E-Mail Address
Your friends might know you as “VampireSlayer@email.com,” but that is not a person employers want to hire. If need be, create an e-mail address just for job seeking and professional purposed. Use an e-mail address that is grown-up sounding and easy to read. Employers pay attention to your email address and will judge you if it is inappropriate.
- A variation of your first and last name or initials is preferable
- Don’t use more than four numbers
- NEVER use a funny nickname unless it relates to your personal brand
- Use words that describe your career identity
GOOD: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
BAD: willow1997-2003 @gmail.com; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Attaching Your Cover Letter
Unless the employer asks for something different, write your brief cover letter into the body of the e-mail. Send your resume as an attachment (text or Word 97-2003 doc). Attaching your cover letter decreased the chances of it getting read. Don’t make the employer work too hard to find out why you are the best candidate for the job.
Being Too Casual
Any e-mail you send to an employer is a professional document. Do not assume that you can be more casual in an e-mail. Communicate in a professional, respectful way. Your e-mail is an example of your business writing and will be used as part of the screening process.
- Write in complete sentences and paragraphs, the same as you would when sending a letter in the mail.
- Don’t use online acronyms (IMHO, LOL, etc.).
- Check and re-check your spelling and punctuation.
Bad Name on Your Resume File
Name your attachments clearly. Employers can receive dozens, if not hundreds of e-mails and attachments for one job opening. You want them to easily find your resume and know who it came from. Give your resume file a title that lets employers know it’s yours.
GOOD: WillowRosenberg.doc; Harris-resume.txt
BAD: myresume.txt; version4.doc
Your Move: What other tips do you have for sending your resume to employers?