Getting a Hiring Manager to Read Your Email

Imagine being a hiring manager sifting through dozens of emails hoping to find the Holy Grail of applicants, but, more so, hoping to get a job filled and out of their hair. Just as you want that job, employers want to fill it but what can you do to get your emails read? Below you’ll find tips on how to beef up your email enough to get noticed and, hopefully, hired.

Avoid the dreaded deed of copying and pasting your cover letter into an email and sending it. Letters give you the opportunity to expand on ideas but emails should be short, sweet and to the point. Attach the cover letter instead. 

Look for ways to condense what you’re saying into a few sentences. Sifting through emails could be as simple as discarding wordy messages so make your email concise and easy to read. Don’t try to impress the hiring manager with big words, focus on getting the interview and impress them later.

Check the requirements of the job posting and emphasize the qualities you possess in the email. Even if you only mention a few, keywords can catch the eye of hiring managers and make them pause and take a second look.

Review the spelling throughout the email and make sure all links to online portfolios and blogs work effectively so the hiring manager won’t have to discard you for something small like a typo.

Rename all file names to include your first and last name. If the hiring manager needs to dig through stacks of resumes and cover letters on their computer, make it simple for them to locate your files. Whether they realize the extra effort you put in or not, it will eliminate your chances of being discounted because they couldn’t find your information.  

When it really comes down to it, making yourself readable and effectively showing your brand are qualities that will get you noticed and hired.  Look to www.bbb.org for more tips on building your brand.

Contributed by Casey Hunter, Communications Strategist

Casey is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Fine Arts. She loves to write, read and learn.

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