Text and Email Etiquette When Applying for a Job

In today’s world, email has become one of the most popular and predominant forms of communication. Email is frequently used by job seekers who are applying for a job or in the midst of a job search. If you’re a job seeker and you’re going to be using email, you need to make certain that you follow proper email etiquette so you do not turn off potential hiring managers.

Some good email rules to remember during a job search include:

  • Keep it professional. While email is a more casual method of communication, you should not treat your email communications casually when you’re looking for a job. Write in a more formal tone, and avoid using slang terms, swear words, overly colorful or personal language, or any type of language that could be off-putting to a hiring manager. 
  • Proofread your emails. A professional email sent as part of a job search should be written with proper grammar. Make certain you avoid spelling errors. You should proofread your email carefully to find any problems — do not rely on spell check alone to catch mistakes, as spell check can miss things including misused words (think from vs. form or their vs. there). If you’re not certain your grammar or spelling is correct, consider asking someone you trust to read the email before you send. 
  • Follow instructions for communication. While it is tempting to want to communicate by email as much as possible, you need to follow the hiring manager’s instructions. This means if the hiring manager asked you to call to set up an interview, pick up the phone instead of sending an email.

Knowing the rules for email is important, but you ultimately need to make contact with companies in person in your job search process so you can impress hiring managers. SmartTalent has relationships with companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, and we can help you land interviews with employers who are ready to hire people with your skill set. Contact us today to find out more about how our staffing service can make applying for a job easier.

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