#1. Get a professional Email address
I remember telling a friend last week that my first email address ever was email@example.com, this was far back as the year 2000 when the internet was pretty new to me. Of course, as time evolved, I have accumulated loads of email addresses which I used for various purposes. However as a job seeker or a fresh graduate you want your email address to be something worthy of getting an interview slot from a recruiter. You should know your email address is the first contact a recruiter has with you just before your CV so you have to ensure it is professional and reflective of your image. Examples of ideal email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org
Email addresses which have phases such as baby, babe, sweet, star etc. are often taken unseriously, so kindly stay away from using such so you don’t self-sabotage your chances of getting a job. Just imagine if I had applied for jobs with email@example.com in this century, do you think the HR manager would take me seriously? I guess not…
It is also good to know that in cases where your email address has been taken you can opt for a dash between your name or a dot such as Firstnamefirstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com while some people opt to add their year of birth to their email addresses- well I would not like to do that as everyone who has my email would know my age, but then again it is totally up to you.
#2. Use a Gmail account
Apart from being a big fan of Google, I strongly advise you use a Google account when considering opening an email for the following reasons.
- Google has an awesome spam filter which automatically moves all unwanted and unsolicited emails to a spam box.
For those who do not know what Spam means, Spam means mails which are randomly sent to you as a means of marketing products, services etc, Spam could also be very detrimental to your inbox, if opened it could penetrate your contact list and send out emails to your contacts without your knowledge. So you see why Google is definitely king over spam control.
- Gmail offers a two-way verification, this means that if in the future someone finds a way of gaining access to your email account, with the two-way verification Google sends a message to you via text to inform you about this unauthorized entry and even gives you the location. I particularly like the verification process because it gives me peace of mind regarding my email account. To use the two-way verification, you would have to attach your phone number to your email account. It’s pretty simple and easy to do.
- Gmail gives you a free storage of 15GB
With Google Drive-which comes with your Google mail account, you have a storage space of 15GB to use to store your documents. With 15GB you can store your CV (in different formats), scanned copies of your certificates, your cover letters and even your graduation pictures. Pretty awesome right?
#3. Get a Linkedln account
Linkedln is a social network for professionals, I joined Linkedln about 5 years ago and I have met so many wonderful professionals there. Linkedln is free and for a job seeker who is looking to secure a role soon, you should definitely use Linkedln to your advantage (I will do a post on that soon). To open a Linkedln account, you need to visit the site https://www.linkedin.com/ enter your email address and your other details. Once that is done, you can fill up your profile with your education, experiences, voluntary work and others. Linkedln is your CV on one page so make sure all the details your fill in are accurate and true. For your profile, you would also need a nice and professional picture of yourself- a headshot against a white background of you dressed in corporate wear would be appropriate.
As a new job seeker, you need to build your network with people who can help you achieve your goal faster. You can do this by attending professional events and seminars which your target audience would be at, by target audience I mean HR managers, CEOS, MDS, HR professionals and Personal Assistants to top executives. At networking events always go with a goal in mind- either to get a job on the spot or to get introduced to the contact person to give you the job. Always have your CV both in a hard copy and also saved on your Google drive. Have your pitch ready and be ready to sell yourself on the spot.
So a good pitch would be “Hi Mr Ade, my name is Tola Dada, I am good at solving IT problems such as…. I have exceptional communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills developed from my internship at C&D and also my university studies at XYZ University, I would like an opportunity to apply this skills at ABC Plc while working for you because I am very confident that my skills would bring improved productivity at your organization”
And a bad pitch would be “Hi Mr Ade My name is Tola Dada and I have a BSc in Computer Science and finished with a first-class and would like to work at ABC Plc” I hope you see the great difference in both pitches.
The first impression matters a lot and it is very important to always be ready to sell yourself. For example- you don’t see a woman shouting I sell bread on the streets of Lagos, instead, you either see her with her bread on her head (chanting to people to buy) or in front of her (if she sells at the market).
I hope these tips have been useful to you and I look forward to reading from you in the comments section.