Your subject line is likely the first contact you have with a potential employer. So, if this content is awkward, vague or poorly written, you’re unlikely to get a good response. Here are some tips for communicating with recruiters in a way that’s clear and effective and ensures your message doesn’t get buried.

Look at Your Length

Do you have a habit of writing multiple-sentence, rambling subject lines? If so, you should know your recipients might not be seeing the whole message. Email inboxes show only about 60 characters of a subject line, and mobile phones reveal just 25 to 30. If you want to improve your odds of getting read, aim to create subject lines that are short, sweet and straight to the point. For best results, eliminate filler words like “hi” and “please” and focus on saying something of value.

Be Specific

A good subject line is specific and unambiguous. Because recruiters might receive as many as a thousand emails for a single position, you want to ensure your message stands out from the pack. Rather than including a general subject line, such as “job application,” choose a more specific message, such as “Experienced administrative professional with Excel skills.” This gives recruiters a reason to open your email and send another candidate’s to the trash bin.

Focus on Keywords

Hiring managers often set up filters to help them sift through the applications they receive. As a result, it can be helpful to include keywords in both your subject line and email body. Phrases like “job application” or “job candidate” can help ensure your message is easily searchable later.

Improve Your Odds of Landing Your Dream Job

Tired of jumping from one less-than-satisfying career opportunity to the next? Sick of sending quality resumes and never hearing back from recruiters? At Bolder Staffing, Inc. and Bolder Professional Placements, we are passionate about helping job seekers find the positions of their dreams throughout Denver and beyond. Call today to speak to one of our recruiters or start searching for jobs online.

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