For the vast majority of you this will just be a source of amusement but there are a couple of serious issues at stake. What is the point of applying for a legal job only to be knocked back at the first hurdle because you think your email address is creative and funny or your email is written like a 17 year old serial text pest. Legal employers are not looking to interview you for your sense of humour, unless of you course you are going to be the next Seinfeld.
- A professional e-mail address
I am constantly amazed, horrified and amused by e-mail addresses of jobseekers. To your friends you may be known as ‘sexkitten’, the ‘lovemachine’, ‘thunderpants’, ‘thebeast’ or some other pseudonym but to a law firm, accountancy practice or corporation you may just manage to raise a smile on the face of the HR manager on a bad day or just irritate them. Either way you are not going to get an interview with a serious job on offer. It is really not that hard to select a professional email address from the millions on offer and keep that for all of your correspondence with potential employers.
- E-mail style and content
Write your email as you would a covering letter or how you would write to a customer or client. Email is of course slightly more informal but it is still a reflection on you and your attitude to behaving professionally. Spelling mistakes are seen as laziness and unless you are applying for a job as an intern at a social media company or the latest advertising agency, write properly with proper words and sentences. This is crucial for professional services, for example legal jobs, where a spelling mistake or grammatical error can mean immediate rejection.
- Reply to emails quickly
There is nothing more irritating that sending a detailed email and receiving no reply or acknowledgement. Do not just assume that the sender knows you have received it, it only takes a second to acknowledge it and again sets the tone for all communication with your potential employer. It is a pet hate of HR managers. I have always had a rule as company policy that all e-mails must be acknowledged the same business day or within 24 hours at the very latest. Lastly when replying to or forwarding e-mails remember to delete all information which is not relevant.