- Email subject lines can be tricky to get right.
- When you’re looking for a job or applying for an open position, the pressure’s on to write a stellar subject line.
- Here are some tips on how to craft the perfect email subject line for job hunting— with examples.
With an estimated 269 billion business emails sent every day, it’s harder than ever to get yours noticed.
And since email is often the first point of contact for job seekers and hiring managers, the subject line can make all the difference.
It not only communicates who you are and what you want but also can be a marketing tool that shows off your qualifications and helps you stand out.
So how do you motivate a reader to click on your email and give you their time?
Depending on the context, career and communication experts offer the following advice that job seekers should bear in mind when crafting their job-search subject lines.
Here’s how to write the perfect subject line for your next job search, complete with some examples:
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Keep it short
A typical inbox reveals about 60 characters of an email’s subject line, while a mobile phone shows just 25 to 30 characters, said Amanda Augustine, career expert at TopResume.
With such limited space, eliminate any unnecessary words like “hello” and “thanks,” and get right to the point in about six to eight words.
Example: Human Resources Assistant Application
Place the most important words at the beginning
A whopping 50% of emails are now read on mobile phones, said Dmitri Leonov, a VP at email management service SaneBox.
Since you don’t know how much of the subject line hiring managers would be able to see from their smartphones, it’s important to put the most important information at the beginning of the subject line. Otherwise, compelling details could get cut off.
Example: Marketing Manager with 8 Years of Experience
Be clear and specific
Recruiters spend just six seconds reviewing a resume, said Augustine, so they likely spend even less time scanning a job seeker’s email.
The subject line should communicate exactly who you are and what you’re looking for without a recruiter needing to open the email.
Don’t use a vague subject line like “résumé for opening,” and instead specify which opening you’re applying for.
Example: John Smith Following Up on Sales Position