Sometimes when I blog about job search I worry that I’m picking nits.
Often, as is the case here, I’m trying to explain the subtleties of interacting with recruiters and hiring managers.
I call out behaviors that make me feel as though an applicant doesn’t see me or think of me — the troubling little patterns that we recruiters recognize negatively as we interact with thousands of applicants.
An AvidCareerist reader, Jefferson Phillips, wrote this in a comment here:
“A recruiting specialist looks beyond the surface scribe for telltales. Like how you write, what you accomplish in a few words, tact, respect for the reader and dignity.”
He’s right. We do. Whether we do it consciously or unconsciously, we do. As do our clients.
One of the Big Email Mistakes
So, for instance, when an applicant omits a signature block from their emails, it creates some unease about how else they might cut corners. Plus, it’s annoying to have to hunt up their contact information.
52% of people use signature blocks. 48% don’t. Be part of the 52%.
- First and last names.
- Mobile number.
- Time zone.
- LinkedIn profile URL or a link to your profile.
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Why an Email Signature Block Matters
Sure, the person you’re emailing might already have that information, but don’t make them look it up.
You only have to set up your signature block once to make it easy for everyone who gets your emails to contact you.
When they don’t know you, many people appreciate the opportunity to take a quick look at your LinkedIn profile before they call you.
Omitting a signature block from your emails might seem like a little thing, but it is a data point about how considerately you treat others and how easy it is to work with you.
Don’t send a recruiter an email that makes them want to call you and then make it hard for them to do so. Show that you’re easy to work with from the very beginning.
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Updated June 2017
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