I’m a recent Electrical Engineering graduate who’s currently looking for a job. I have been sending cold call emails but getting no responses. I’m thinking it is because my email doesn’t have a unique subject line (usually I use: A Job Opportunity at XYZ). I’m wondering if it would be professional to use emojis in the subject line to get my email noticed by HR representatives. What are your thoughts on this?
In my experience, job inquiry emails are not simply disregarded. It's just that they often prefer to not answer at all, rather than answering negatively. Cold call emails mean that there's usually not a position they could put you in. You being a recent graduate means you probably don't have enough experience to make you stand out against other potential employees, so I wouldn't be surprised if you're mostly not hearing back from them. I know it's frustrating, but unfortunately that's just how things are lately.
That said, I think emojis in the subject line could make your email look unprofessional to several companies, so it's generally not a good idea. Not to mention that you might get caught in badly designed spam filters.
Your initial thought, to make the subject of your email stand out a bit, is good. If you haven't already done so, you might also want to try working on your CV with someone more experienced to make it stand out as well, or work on your cover letter trying to convince them that you're a good fit for them, etc.
Good luck in your job search, hope you find a good company soon!