Is Your Job Search Missing Something?
Do you have an email signature appended to your emails? If not, you are missing a huge opportunity to remind people of what you do and how to reach you. When you had a job, you most likely were required to use the company-approved signature. Your employer knew if was a form of branding and it was good customer service because it made it easier for people to contact you.
Why Do You Need One?
How many emails are you sending out during your job search? Each email you send provides an opportunity for you to advertise yourself. Consider your signature a mini banner that everyone receiving your email will see. And imagine if they were to forward your email along? How many more people would see your banner? These are four reasons you should start using an email signature today:
- It makes you appear more professional
- It makes it easier for people to contact you
- It supports your professional image/reputation
- It shows you have some amount of technical knowledge
What Should Your Signature Include?
Jacob Share wrote a very helpful post on how to write an attention-grabbing email signature. This is an excerpt of the information he suggests should go in your signature. Required elements are bolded, the rest are recommended where relevant:
Website/social media profiles
Do You Want to Get Really Jazzy?
If you really want to kick you signature up a notch, consider adding WiseStamp. Hubspot says: “WiseStamp is a browser addon that lets you create an awesome Email signature that includes your social media profiles, latest blog posts, images, and a bunch of other cool things.”
Wisestamp works on most web mail, but does not yet work on Outlook; however, Outlook already gives you the ability to create your signature.
If you don’t want to use the same signature on every email you send, the free version of Wisestamp let’s you chose between two different signatures (perhaps one is personal and one is for job search).
Now, what are you waiting for? Go create yours today!
About Hannah Morgan:
A speaker and author providing no-nonsense career advice, Hannah guides job seekers and helps them navigate today’s treacherous job search terrain. Hannah shares information about the latest trends, such as reputation management, social networking strategies, and other effective search techniques on her blog, Career Sherpa.
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