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Rules for email correspondence:

Using email to job hunt is a crapshoot on the best of days. Most job hunters don’t know how to give good email. Here are a few hard and fast Perry Rules to insure your message AND resume get through AND get read: Make sure your Subject line gives me a reason to read the message. “George Smith’s cover letter and resume” won’t cut it! It’s not a good enough reason for me to open it and read it. You’re cover email should get my attention within the first three sentences. Remember you only have seconds to make an impression. So do not waste it telling me you’re “Hard working and enthusiastic”. Address the email to a specific person Tell me why I should read your resume in the first short paragraph. Here’s an example of an email that got through to me. Got opened. Got read and Got a phone call back. What made the difference? I can’t cut and paste the note into the body of this blog but let me begin by telling you that it was actually addressed to me, David Perry – and not occupant or the email equivalent “hr@anycompany.com” The subject line got my…

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