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What to Use In the Email Subject Line

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When you're job searching, the Subject Line is one of the most important parts of the email messages you send to employers and networking contacts. Your email message must include a Subject Line. If it's blank it's probably going to end up in a Spam mailbox or being deleted.

When you're applying for jobs, make sure you list the job you are applying for in the Subject Line of your email message, so the employer is clear as to what job you are interested in.

When you're networking, use the Subject Line of your email to let the person you are contacting know what you are interested in and/or who referred you.

In all cases, the more specific you are, the more likely it is that your email message will be read.

Email Subject Line Examples:
-Managing Director Position
-Job Code 1234: District Sales Manager - Your Name
-Communications Assistant Position - Your Name
-Application for Customer Service Job
-Social Media Expert Seeking New Opportunity
-Meeting Follow Up - Your Name
-Meeting Request - Your Name
-Referred by Name
-ABC College Informational Interview Request

Be Clear and meaningful to the recipient, as in:
-"Application for graphic designer position listing 84G11"
-"Follow-up to our meeting of February 21 at Virginia Tech job fair"

A blank subject line is unacceptable. You've given the recipient a good reason to ignore or delete your e-mail.

"Read this" and "information" and "for your consideration" and the like are meaningless. (Aren't all e-mails supposed to be read, and contain information, etc.?)

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