Online Etiquette

  • Don’t leave the subject line of your email blank.
  • Don’t lapse into informality just because it is email. Use “Dear” not “Hi” and a formal closing greeting, not “thanks” or “best”.
  • Don’t save your CV as “CV.doc” - rename the file to include your name.
  • Do send the CV as an attachment, but make sure the covering letter forms the main body of the email.
  • Do double check you’ve attached all the documents before you hit send.
  • Don’t use a non-standard font. Do use a sans serif font like Arial that looks best on screen, which is likely to be how your CV is first read.
  • Do remove the witty and hilarious signature line from your email.
  • Do set up a new email account for job applications if your personal email address is not appropriate
  • Don’t use images on your CV - it is unprofessional and unpredictable as different software programs may scramble images.
  • Do make sure you have accounted for any gaps in employment history.