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?

  • I wouldnt use emojis, but you are right, you need to stand out in your subject line... In all honesty, it would probably serve you better to call companies instead of emailing them. They cant ignore you as easily on the phone then they can on an email. – Zoe Howlett Jan 26 '19 at 18:31
  • @ZoeHowlett I am not in favor of call. I feel it would be hard to call companies asking for a job. They’ll most probably ask me to send an email with my resume and wait for them to contact me. – Lod Jan 26 '19 at 18:51
  • Totally agree, i dislike phone calls as well. But what you get from a phone call to HR is the recognition when they read your email they may think 'oh yes, I talked to that person' and pay more attention to your email... – Zoe Howlett Jan 26 '19 at 18:57
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    What is your location? Couldn't you just apply for a job online instead of sending cold emails? – jcmack Jan 26 '19 at 19:43
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    @Lod - I wouldn't expect that there would be a meaningful number of unadvertised jobs that a new graduate would be suitable for. If a company is looking for junior people, they're going to advertise. A company might not advertise some senior jobs if doing so would cause issues (i.e. you don't advertise for a new CIO if you haven't fired the old one, you don't advertise for a machine vision specialist if you want to keep your self-driving car plans under wraps), because there is an internal candidate that they want to put in the position, etc. – Justin Cave Jan 26 '19 at 20:55

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!

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    Thank you. I appreciate your nice and understanding response. I’m just sharing an idea I had in mind since emojis are now used extensively for marketing purposes. And you’re right I don’t have much experience in job seeking, but I’ve shared my cv and cover letter with experienced professionals and have made sure they’re standing out and truly representative of my skills. However as I mentioned earlier, I was worried my problem was in the fact that perhaps my emails are not read in the first place due to the subject line. – Lod Jan 28 '19 at 7:55

I’m wondering if it would be professional to use emojis in the subject line

No, it would not be professional. Emojis are mostly for scams and children - not for professionals seeking jobs.

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