16 Tips on Sending Job Search Email

As a recruiter and a career coach, I receive hundreds of emails with attached resumes from executives every week. Not a day goes by when someone sends me an email with several errors, omissions and glaring mistakes. Here are 16 tips to consider when corresponding with people in your network and the hiring authority managers in the companies you have targeted.

1. Use a concise and informative subject line. It helps people prioritize their mail. Example: Introduction: Your Name or Following up to our 2/4 networking meeting

2. Make sure your email and your PC’s email software have the right date and time.

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How to Handle the Phone Interview

When you are being screened or interviewed over the phone, your communication skills and voice must carry the day. It is critical for you to sound confident, professional and relaxed. Avoid coming across as nervous, rambling or uptight.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Avoid being caught off guard by having the following items next to your phone in anticipation of the call:

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Business Card Basics

Should a job seekers have their own personal business cards?

My answer is yes! Yes! YES!!!

Business cards are your most versatile marketing tool! Let’s assume that you can get some cards for $50. Actually, you can get 250 business cards for FREE from http://www.vistaprint.com/ They provide many different templates and customizations features. Try to make your cards make your cards look “business like”. No bizarre colors. Create a separate email name specifically for your job search. i.e. YourName@yahoo.com. White cards are fine. No strange fonts like ComicMS. Don’t do them yourself on the cheap. People will know the quality difference. Include your name, category/expertise/title, address, cell phone, home phone, and email.

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Job Search For Executives Over 50

Exchange from the ExecuNet Online Forum

I just read an article in the local paper about job search for execs over 50 and it said to eliminate everything on your resume that suggests your age ie no jobs listed beyond 15-20 years ago, don’t list companies that went out of business some time ago, no dates for when college attended, military service, include working out or running as hobbies if you do them, write young, speak young and do your best to look young.

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Don’t be a nobody that nobody sent!

How to turn networking introductions into meetings. The following exchange took place in the ExecuNet Forum, where members can pose “Ask the Expert” questions and get them answered.

Q: I’m doing pretty well at: identifying existing opportunities, using my network to find the hiring manager, getting hiring manager contact info (phone, email) often getting email intro to hiring manager. What I’m having problems with is turning this into a meeting. I phone/fax/email, different times, different days, balance between aggressive and obnoxious, etc. But still, so few actual meetings. Any help/ideas on turning intros into meetings?

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How to Get Noticed by Recruiters

The Internet has been a mixed blessing for executive recruiters. While it allows them to gather resumes quickly and electronically from all over the world, it has also left them inundated with resumes with every job they post.

As a potentially qualified candidate for a recruiter’s search assignment, how do you get noticed among the thousands of resumes in a recruiter’s inbox? What can you do to differentiate your resume and help the recruiter jumpstart your career? Here are ten tactics to improve your chances of getting the kind of attention you want. Most importantly, you must first understand the role of recruiter. Recruiters don’t find jobs for people — they find people for companies! It’s an important distinction to know, if you want to be noticed and even placed by a recruiter.

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Career Coaching Questions Answered

When Should You Hire a Career Coach?

Many of you are able to see the value in investing money and energy into lessons, training or coaching for your hobbies like golf, tennis and skiing. You should also consider the high-value of such an investment for your career. Face it, you will make your next career move one way or another. Wouldn’t it be better to find the “right job” on your terms in the shortest amount of time?

Hiring a Career Transition Coach can be a wise investment for your immediate career situation and for your future, especially when you are already in career transition or job-search mode.

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Limiting Your Assumptions and Beliefs

What would you do for a living if you knew you could not fail?

A few years ago, I attended the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. Before the show started, I was able to walk around the grounds looking at the lions and tigers and all the other circus animals.

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8 Ways to Improve Employee Retention

What people want in a job these days is not about perks, it’s about possibility.

Today’s job seekers want more tangible rewards, like challenging work, skilled managers, company stability, sound ethical leadership, opportunities for growth, recognition for a job well done – and more cash. Smart job seekers know what defines a great job and a fulfilling career, what separates a quality manager from a dud, and what differentiates a real business plan from a diagram.

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The Golden Rule of Networking

The Golden Rule of Networking is simply this…

People will do business with people they
know, like, and trust.

That’s it! That is what it’s all about. When job searching, your main goal is to develop new relationships on a daily basis. But don’t forget to nurture those new relationships!

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