For most of us, sending and receiving e-mail is simple and fun. While we are unguarded in our tone when we e-mail family and friends, a professional tone should be maintained when communicating with prospective employers.
E-mail is a powerful tool in the hands of a knowledgeable job-seeker. Use it wisely and you will shine. Use it improperly, however, and you will brand yourself as immature and unprofessional. Try to succinctly get your point across - then end the e-mail.
Be aware that electronic mail is often the preferred method of communication between job-seeker and employer. There are general guidelines that should be followed when e-mailing cover letters, thank-you notes and replies to various requests for information. Apply the following advice to every e-mail you write:
Your e-mails say far more about you than you might realize, and it is important to always present a polished, professional image - even if you are sending your phone number and a time when you can be contacted.
THANK YOU NOTES
If you have had an interview with a prospective employer, a thank you note is a good way to express your appreciation. The note needs only to be a few sentences long. Remember, a thank you note is just that - a simple way to say thank you. This gesture is sure to make a good impression on your prospective employer.
Excerpted from NewsLinks, a publication of International Schools Services.