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  • Introduction
  • What’s Your Brand?
  • How to Create Your Professional Brand
  • LinkedIn for Professional Networking
  • More Networking Sites
  • Which Sites to Use
  • What to Include in Your Profile
  • Professional and Personal Networking
  • Writing a Blog
  • Personal Web Sites
  • Optimize Yourself
  • More on Professional Branding
  • Benefits of Networking
  • Networking—Then vs. Now
  • Who to Include in Your Network
  • How to Use Your Network
  • How to Connect
  • Connect with Relevant Contacts
  • Using Your Connections in Your Job Search
  • Searching for Jobs on LinkedIn
  • Getting Found on LinkedIn
  • Staying in Touch
  • Strategies to Build Your Network
  • Work Your Connections
  • Top Networking Sites
  • Choose Your Networks
  • Creating a Resume
  • The Details Matter
  • The Truth Matters
  • Resume Reviews
  • Writing Cover Letters
  • Review Sample Cover Letters
  • Sending Your Resume and Letters
  • What (and What Not) to Do
  • Saying Thank You
  • How to Start a Job Search
  • Job Search Plan
  • Email Accounts
  • Store Your Documents
  • A Place to Work
  • Job Search Tools
  • Get Organized
  • Get Help
  • Be Active
  • How to Apply for Jobs Online
  • How to Follow Up
  • Follow-Up Timing
  • When You Don’t Hear Back
  • Don’t Stop and Don’t Wait
  • •Company Web Sites
  • Company Web Sites
  • Job Search Sites
  • Top Job Banks
  • Job Search Engines
  • Top Job Search Engines
  • Local Job Search
  • Networking Sites
  • Niche Sites
  • Job Searching Tips
  • Keep Track
  • Passive and Active Job Seeking Overview
  • Use Passive Job Seeking to Your Advantage
  • How to Ensure Employers Find You
  • How to Get Jobs to Come to You
  • Build Bridges, Don’t Burn Them
  • JibberJobber
  • Online Job Search Management
  • Email Options
  • Calendars
  • Documents
  • More Tools
  • The Simple Solution
  • Email
  • Instant Message (IM)
  • Networking Site Messaging
  • Video Resumes, Profiles, and Interviewing
  • Video Interview Tips
  • The Benefits of Effective Communication
  • How to Not Find a Job Online
  • Protect Your Privacy
  • What Employers Can Find Out About You
  • Privacy Concerns
  • Social Networking Privacy Settings
  • How to Avoid Scams
  • Confidential Job Searching
  • Specialized Job Sites
  • Second Life
  • Candidate Sourcing
  • Merger of Networking and Job Searching
  • Video- and User-Generated Content
  • Professional Branding
  • Using the Latest Technology to Your Advantage
  • About the Author
  • Other Happy About® Books

When you’re send email, it’s important to keep your message short and
to the point. I’ve read that people don’t read beyond the first paragraph
or so, so you need to capture their attention within the first few sentenc-
es. Your email messages, just like your other correspondence, need to
be grammatically correct and not have any typos.

Most people are deluged with email. It’s hard to manage when you get
a very high volume of email and anyone who makes your life easier by
following proper email protocol will be appreciated.


•Subject line: If you’re applying for a job, put your name and the
job title you’re applying for in the subject line of your email
message. If you’re writing to a contact, describe what you’re
writing about i.e., Career Advice Request or Job Search
Assistance. Never send a message with a blank subject line. It
probably won’t get opened.

•Signature: Each message should include your signature. Your
signature should include your full name, your email address, and
links to your web sites, if you have them.

•Message Content: Keep the body of your message to a couple
of paragraphs of a few sentences each. Your message needs to
be focused and targeted, so the reader knows at a glance why
you are writing. Proofread and spellcheck your message prior to
sending it.

•Return Receipt: Turn it off. Hiring managers and others helping
with your job search don’t want to have to prove they read your
message. I automatically say “no” any time I get one.


Chapter 8: Online Communications

•Spam Blocker: Turn it off. Employers and contacts don’t want to
have to go online to verify who they are in order to read your

•Wait to Follow Up: Don’t send a message a few hours or even
a day after your first one, asking if the person received it. Be
patient and give them time to respond.

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