Wednesday 16 April 2014

Write the Perfect Email Subject Line for Job Hunting

Email is often the first point of contact for job seekers and hiring managers. Make your subject line stand out! Apart from showing the recipient of the email who you are, what your position is, it can also be used as a marketing tool to show off your area of expertise which may eventually bring you new opportunities.

Muovo would like to share with you the following examples of witty subject lines that are sure likely to bring success!

1. Keep it short.
Try to get straight to the point. Avoid frivolous words. Six to eight words should be more than sufficient.

For example: Human Resources Assistant Application

2. Be clear and specific.
Recruiters are likely to spend less than 10 seconds on a resume, and even less if they are scanning a job seeker's resume online. The subject line should communicate exactly who you are and what you're looking for without having the need for the recruiter to open your email.

For example: John Gatt following up on Marketing Position

3. Use logical keywords for search and filtering.
Inserting keywords like 'job application' or 'job candidate' will make your email searchable later.

For example: Job application: John Gatt for Marketing Executive

4. If someone referred you, be sure to use their name.
State immediately that you have been referred by, possibly, a mutual acquaintance. Placing it in the subject line will get the hiring manager's attention straight away.

For example: Referred by Neville Psaila for Content Manager position.

Using all caps might grab attention, but certainly not the good way. All capitals in an email suggests that you are shouting, or do not simply possess enough email etiquette to know that this is considered as most impolite. Instead, use dashes or colons to separate your thoughts, and avoid caps and special characters like exclamation points.

For example: Job Inquiry: Qualified IT Marketing Specialist - Seeking New Opportunities

Adapted from Aol Jobs

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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