When you are looking for a job today, most people would agree that a certain amount of time is going to be spent sitting in front of a computer and using email to apply for positions on-line. Having said that, it stands to reason that you are going to be getting some pretty important emails which literally could change your financial position, and without too much drama, could therefore change your life.
I am constantly amazed therefore at the number of people I am working with to gain employment, whose email Inbox is cluttered up with spam and junk mail, dating websites, promises of immediate wealth and emails from friends saying nothing terribly relevant or important. What if you are job searching, checking your email everyday for a response to a job you really want, and you actually miss it because of all the junk you’ve got in your inbox? This actually happened with a client of mine.
I was asked one day to look over an email that he was just about to send and while there, I was immediately struck by the fact that he had over 1300 emails in his inbox. “Oh I never get rid of anything”, he said, “I might need those one day if what if I deleted them?” What indeed I thought. We looked at his emails together with his permission, and there were some sent daily giving him his horoscope, some more from a dating website promising him the match of his life, a few about contests, more about working from home and making thousands a day, and some from a friend with atroucious bad grammar and foul language in it that was all about girl who had turned him down some weekend – a year ago! What was the point in keeping any of these?
Here’s a recommendation for you the job seeker. If you are intent on getting the volume and kind of mail that I described above, that’s really your choice of course. It’s not for everybody, but if that’s what’s important to you, then keep those emails. However, in addition to this email address, please oh please create a second email address that you keep exclusively for your job search. Use this address only to apply for jobs, networking with people about employment possibilities and use the email you’ve always had exclusively for EVERYTHING else.
Quite honestly, if you are getting help from some professional, your emails show the person helping you where your time and energy is really spent. If you aren’t taking your job search seriously, why should anyone else? I would also suggest to any Employment Counsellor or Career Adviser who works with the unemployed to take a look at your clients email inbox and see what’s going on to avoid missed opportunities.
Some people honestly don’t know how to stop the garbage from arriving in their email. First of all, when you first get junk, don’t open it if you recognize it for junk. Delete it without opening it. If you do open it, the sender knows they have a real person to send their junk to. Secondly, if you do open your junk mail, go right to the bottom of the email and you’ll probably see the word, “Unsubscribe”. Clicking on this will remove you from the list and the sender will stop sending you their junk. Of course another way to avoid junk is chuck the entire email address, advise your family and friends of the change and be more discreet about what you agree to in the first place arriving in your inbox.
Get your email under control and don’t let email control you!