I've already gone over in a previous blog post that you should never send an e-mail from your personal account. You should create a separate e-mail address so that it is easier to keep track of your correspondences. But beyond that suggestion, there are some other things you should keep in mind. One of the most common problems that I have seen is creating an acceptable e-mail subject line. Job seekers will too often write something like "regarding your job posting." That is not nearly specific enough. An example of a good subject line would include the exact name of the position. For example:
- Fundraising Director Position, OR
- Fundraising Director Position, [your name here]
Finally, you should pay close attention to your salutation. If you don't know the name of the person, write "To whom it may concern" instead of something like "Hello." Use Mr. or Ms. if you know their name. Do not under any circumstances use their first name. Have any more suggestions that I missed? Leave them in the comments section.