The Don’ts: Avoid These Like a Plague
Avoid forwarding confidential emails. When you hit send, you lose control over where that email might end up. You wouldn’t want a potential employer to receive their own email back, would you?
Don’t ever use your current work email for job searching. This is a golden rule. Not only is it unprofessional, but it also raises questions about your integrity and respect for your current employer. Always use your personal email address, ideally one that is professional and current, as we discussed earlier.
Resist the temptation to reveal all your contact information. It might come off as desperate and unprofessional. Instead, stick to sharing only those contact details you’re likely to check often.
Remember, you’re not on a social media platform. Avoid “text-speak,” abbreviations, and casual lingo. Use proper sentences, correct grammar, and appropriate punctuation. Be professional; don’t let your email scream “amateur.”
Lastly, don’t let emotions get the best of you. Ensure your email remains factual and considerate. Avoid sounding defensive or reactive. Maintain a calm, professional demeanor even in the face of provocation.
In a job hunt scenario, you might have little control over many aspects, but your email communication isn’t one of them. Your email represents you, your skills, your etiquette, and your professionalism. Treat it with the respect it deserves. Make each job application email an opportunity to make a great impression. Avoid mistakes, and above all, keep it professional and respectful.
Just like a carefully crafted resume, a well-handled email can be your secret weapon in landing that dream job. Use it wisely.
Remember, “You’re just an email away from your next big career move.” Now get out there, and conquer the world of emails!