The email subject line for a job inquiry is a prime piece of real estate. It’s often what will either drive a hiring manager to open an email and review your resume, or ignore it. As a job seeker, you need to do everything possible to make your email stand apart. So, think about what you want to convey to a hiring professional, and write your way to a new career with a powerful job inquiry email subject line!
Check out these six email subject lines for job inquiries and applicants:
1. Drop the name of a heavy hitter
If you have a connection to the hiring manager or the company to which you’re applying, consider using the person’s name in the subject line. Of course, ask them for permission to use their name first so they’re not caught off guard if the hiring manager contacts them. Using the name of an individual within the company or who has esteem in your community could ensure that your email draws immediate attention.
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Example: Referred by David Samuelson for Senior Vice President of Sales
2. Use the position title and job number
HR managers are often bombarded with responses to job postings and are usually hiring for many positions at the same time. If they’re sorting through their emails for one specific position, it would be wise to include the position you’re applying for, the posting number, and your name in the subject line so they can easily find your email among the many. This is especially important for positions at larger companies that could have hundreds or thousands of openings.
Example: Data Entry Specialist, ID# 550894 + Your Name
3. Add your most critical skill or professional credential
Use the subject line of your job inquiry email to feature your most prominent skill or professional credential that makes you ideal for the opening. On the flip side, you can also use this tactic if you want to get your name and skills in front of an HR manager for future openings. Add your credentials, professional designations, or information about your degree after your name in the subject line.
Example: Nurse Case Manager I – Nancy Luther, RN
4. List your experience
If you’re a seasoned professional with significant experience, use the email subject of your job inquiry to bring this to the HR manager’s attention. Hiring personnel are always interested in meeting with professionals with considerable experience, and featuring this information front and center is sure to catch their eye.
Example: People and Culture Manager with 10 years’ experience
5. Include helpful keywords and phrases
Concisely use keywords or phrases in your job inquiry’s subject line to help the recipient immediately decipher what your message is about. Whether you’re applying for a position that was posted online or if you were referred by a friend, include phrases like “job application” or “job candidate” to ensure your email gets attention.
Example: Job Application: Linda McCarthy – Editorial Assistant
6. Express your intent and gratitude.
If you’ve already had your job interview with the HR manager, show that you’re a diligent job seeker and follow up within one week to thank the hiring manager for meeting with you. Mention your meeting and intention in the email subject line to refresh their memory that you’ve already had the job interview and express your interest in securing the role within the body of the email.
Example: Sam Sutherland – Interview Follow-Up & Thank you
Whether you’re inquiring about a full-time position or part-time and freelance work, FlexJobs can connect you to countless opportunities across the United States and beyond.
This article originally appeared on FlexJobs.
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