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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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Create your own website
The idea of creating a website to promote yourself and your skills was once a scary thought. However, there are free templates available online, free CMS sites including Wordpress and Joomla make updates easy, and even Google has got into the creative act by offering a new, web-based design facility.
By having your own web domain, you can upload a resume, document your background and skills, as well as explain the role you're seeking. If you are working as a freelancer, your own website is often a must to display a portfolio of your work.
If you also invest in an adwords campaign, then more relevant visitors may find themselves on your site.
If you're feeling creative, creating a website and then doing a targeted advertising campaign using Google AdWords or Facebook social ads to reach employers and get your credentials out there to people who may hire you is worth a shot.
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