I sent an important email to a large number of jobseekers this morning, requiring a quick response from interested individuals. It concerned a job that needed to be filled by the end of the day, if possible. I received a couple of responses back from emails I didn’t recognize, and they didn’t sign their names at the end of the email.
Knowing I sent this email to people on my caseload, I didn’t want to respond by asking, “Thank you for your interest! Who is this??” and besides, I was under a time crunch, so I went through my different contacts list until I found the email addresses and could match them to names I recognized. Then I could respond more directly.
Here’s a tiny tip for the end of the week: if you have an email specifically for job search (and I hope you do), create a signature that automatically appears at the end of every email. All email accounts have that capacity (at least, I would be very surprised if they didn’t). Also, it would look much more professional if you named your email address so that, when your recipient receives the email, they see your name instead of just the email address.
When you do, use proper capitalization. Seeing “kim myers” just doesn’t look professional.
Remember, you might be judged on every communication you have with an employer! Make your name recognizable – for all the right reasons!