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Generation Y are well known for acronyms, emoticons and typos, but when you're sending an email to a prospective employer, email etiquette is key.
There are a number of ways you can improve your email communication, including:
- Check for spelling mistakes.
- Use a professional email address, preferably with your full name.
- Use the correct salutation -- Ms., Dr., Sir, or Madam are usually acceptable -- but not 'Hey."
- Punctuation is important.
- Stay clear of emoticons and exclamation marks -- unless they do it first. If you receive a response, tailor your reply to their tone.
- Leave signature-based profound quotes about life on Facebook and Tumblr.
- Make communication easy -- send along your telephone number.
- Keep it short and sweet -- there is rarely much time in the world of recruitment.
- Don't forget to follow up.
A further tip is to avoid copying and pasting messages in contact forms online. Sometimes, due to differences in coding, the message will arrive garbled at the other end -- rendering it unreadable and immediately deleted.
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