Need an email subject for sending resumes or a job inquiry? This is how job seekers should send resumes to recruiters over email.

Awesome Email Subject Lines Job Seekers Are Using For Results
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One of the most common job seeker frustrations is not getting a response when submitting a resume to recruiters or simply sending a job inquiry email of any kind.

But for recruiters to respond in a meaningful way, they first need to read your messages. With that in mind, what can you do to improve your email's chances of getting read?

I contacted recruiters following me on Twitter to ask: “Of all email you've ever had from job seekers, which had the best title?”

They came through in a big way, sharing dozens of memorable, occasionally funny, subject lines that got their attention and piqued their curiosity to the point where they had to keep reading.

Bookmark and share this list, but above all, start using it as a template for your own email messages to companies.

Which email account do you use most for job search?

Free bonus: Download a PDF version of this article to use as a handy reference.

70+ best sample subject lines for job application emails

Montreal Recruiter, @mindhr: I think the best subject title was “Demanding work!”.
andrea clarkson avatar Andrea Faye Clarkson, @AndreaFClarkson: My personal favorite is “Your Next Hire.” I've seen it a few times and I always respect the confidence that is exuded through that tagline.
gavin walford wright avatar Gavin Walford-Wright, @walfordwright: The best was simply: “I've done my research… You need me!”
melissa lynne avatar Melissa Lynne, @melissa_mlynne: “John Doe – The Best New Addition to Your Team”
ken taylor avatar Ken Taylor, @citrixrecruiter: “Superstar looking for new challenges and opportunities.”
nader-mowlaee-avatar Nader Mowlaee, @headhuntingclub: I had a guy who said “I'm different” in the title
david-bradford-avatar David Bradford, @DavidBradford: The title of an email I received one time read: “From the World's Greatest Salesperson” – That one I had to open and read.
rubicon-consulting-avatar Rubicon Consulting, @Rubiconrecruit: “You need me as a candidate!” by a C# programmer
praveen it recruiter avatar praveen IT Recruiter, @praveenendla02: “I am looking for opportunities, keep me in mind.”
francesca arcuri avatar Francesca Arcuri, @p2pFrancesca: “Hello… is it me you're looking for?”
malcolm louth avatar Malcolm Louth, @MalcolmLouth: “You've won the lottery: I'm available immediately.”
chris russell avatar Chris Russell, @chrisrussell: It was something like “I should be your next Sales Executive”
team tcg avatar Team TCG, @TeamTCG: “Reaching out to my network”
team tcg avatar Team TCG, @TeamTCG: “HR exec looking for next role”
team tcg avatar Team TCG, @TeamTCG: “Award-winning HR pro seeking opportunities”
genesis hr solutions avatar Genesis HR Solutions, @MyGenesisHR: “How can I make a contribution at Genesis HR Solutions?”
genesis hr solutions avatar Genesis HR Solutions, @MyGenesisHR: “I am highly motivated, hard working and really interested in your internship position.”
sandra jackson avatar Sandra A Jackson, @SandraJTResumes: They all seem to just put, “Need help with my resume.” And I eagerly open it.
new to hr avatar New To HR, @NewToHR: “12 Things You Didn't Know About Chris.”
new to hr avatar New To HR, @NewToHR: “Don't Miss Out On This Opportunity To Hire Me. I Am Just A Phone Call Away”
new to hr avatar New To HR, @NewToHR: “You were looking for that People person… Well, Here I Am Really Human!”
new to hr avatar New To HR, @NewToHR: “Would hiring Peter help with your team and business goals? Available now.”
new to hr avatar New To HR, @NewToHR: “9 Reasons why you should move forward with me as your new talent Manager. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-Lori”
andrea cornez avatar Andréa Cornez, @AndreaCornez: “you have the job I'm looking for :-)”
kathleen teixeira avatar Kathleen Teixeira, @KathleenToronto: The best email subject lines are clear and concise. “Resume – Coordinator, PR”. Anything that seems like spam will get filtered there. Something that doesn't sound like a resume or application I don't read.
rory trotter jr avatar Rory C. Trotter Jr., @RoryCTrotterJr: The best? “Hiring me will change your company because…” I had to click it. 🙂
heidi bannister avatar Heidi Bannister, @ArthurEdwardRec: … mention being “recommended by [trusted name]” … have a role reference number … or include “champagne and cupcakes”. I'll know they've researched our web site!!
lara haskins 360hr avatar Lara Haskins 360HR, @LaraHaskins: Recruiting for interns, “Some people want to be rock stars, some people want to be superstars, but all I want is to work for XXX”
gail tolstoi miller avatar Gail Tolstoi-Miller, @GailTolstoiMill: when they do research on my website best ones are “I am addicted to Diet Pepsi too” or “I hate self-proclaimed experts too” they took time
laura merkle avatar Laura Merkle, @LauraMerkle: The best email title always explains the skills of the candidate. In other words a good example is “John Doe Project Manager”.
patricia sinacole avatar Patricia H Sinacole, @psinacole: It is not that cool but “[firstname] [lastname] – [opportunity of interest]”. Example – “Jane Doe – CEO”
shay clinch avatar Shay Clinch, @ChezShay13: Why you should employee mewhy you should employee me
jeff battinus avatar Jeff Battinus, @jeffbattinus: “Interested in being a value add for [company]”.
kirk baumann avatar Kirk Baumann, @kbaumann: “Make a Great Decision Before Your 2nd Cup of Coffee: Hire Me (Here's Why)” Still sticks with me!
melva avatar Melva, @thecareercoach: Two of them/: Subject Line: (1) Hey Miss Lady (2) My Mom Said To Contact You
amy mcgeachy avatar Amy McGeachy, @AMcGeachy: Goodness, I can't say there has been a ‘best' title. I can tell you the worst is ‘hire me'. I'm selfish, I want to know what's in it for me. ‘Hire me' does nothing to tell me if a candidate is a fit for the job. So, I guess the best one would tell me a bit about the person… title, certification, etc. that would entice me to open their resume.
david oliver avatar David Oliver, @ldavidoliver: Probably one of the best subject titles I have received was, “Your Next Great Sales Hire – I'll Show You Why”. Really got my attention.
cody mcclelland avatar Cody McClelland, @TechRecruiterIT: I'm a sucker for good subject lines. “How much does a polar bear weigh?” And then in the email they quipped “enough to break the ice”
jeffrey shapiro avatar Jeffrey W Shapiro, @JeffreyWShapiro: “Confidentially: I work for your direct competitor”
jeffrey shapiro avatar Jeffrey W Shapiro, @JeffreyWShapiro: “I only need 3 minutes of your time”
jeffrey shapiro avatar Jeffrey W Shapiro, @JeffreyWShapiro: “What my resume doesn't tell you”
claudia lucio avatar Claudia Lucio, @RecruitingGeek: “I'm Your Next Superstar; here's why.” Subject lines like this might pique the curiosity of a recruiter.
stephan von malortie avatar Stephan von Malortie, @vonmalortie: I could say what would raise my interest: “Put me in a team rather than an interview”.
hr chick avatar HR Chick™, @HRCultureClub: “Passionate, Leadership, Superwoman Extraordinaire”. Caught my attention 🙂
shannon pritchett avatar Shannon Pritchett, @SourcingShannon: “Hi, it's me, your LinkedIn friend”
steven davis avatar Steven G. Davis, @Recruit4u: “Will do anything for my boss”
steven davis avatar Steven G. Davis, @Recruit4u: “I was valedictorian of my class” – a couple all-time bests!!
sean koppelman avatar Sean Koppelman, @talentmagnet: “Rare Talent Requires Exceptional Representation”. It was eye-catching, distinguished the job seeker + played to my ego. All of which made me curious to open the attached resume.
francois guay avatar Francois Guay, @GuayFrancois: “Results Guaranteed”, followed by a cover letter for a specific opportunity & a targeted resume with examples of success.
monica bua avatar Monica Bua, @monica_bua: I will give you my immediate no's which are: “seeking employment”, “looking for opportunities”, etc. It's best to call out a connection immediately like “Fellow Anderson Alumnus” or “Sandy Gould suggested we connect”. Finally the other strategy that works well is to have someone in common introduce and recommend a candidate. That recommendation will merit a quicker response.
erica dionn wright avatar Erica Dionn Wright, @Ewright1285: “Head Sales of Poultry” “Evil Genius” “Cat Herder / Maxwell's Demon” “Professional Dreamer” “Arkitecht” “Juggler” “Escape Artist” “Heretic” “Code Janitor” “Mad Scientist” “Company Psychic”. Just to name a few.
charlie judy avatar Charlie Judy, SPHR, @HRFishbowl: “Why You'll Work for Me Someday”. For real. General Counsel role.
matt buckland avatar Matt Buckland, @ElSatanico: From a digital marketer: “See Why This Growth Hacker Could Be The One For You, In Just 30 Seconds”
chad laskey avatar Chad Laskey, @ChadLaskey: A fancy title doesn't grab me – with the email a recruiter gets and has to manage, less is more – “Seeking _____ jobs in _____ ” is GREAT, and a direct letter, a decent resume, and your availability to connect is the best way to get the attention of a GOOD recruiter. If you're trying to be witty or clever, or to write something outlandish to get the email opened, it might not always translate well
ibro palic avatar Ibro Palic, @ibro_palic: “For Ibro; referred by [firstname] [lastname]” It's the first one I opened that day, the guy didn't make it but I gave him a shot.
gail houston avatar Gail Houston, @ghouston: This is one of my favs, tells me who they are, what they want and why open: “John Doe Product Manager from Amazon, Bay Area applying for #####”
Wesley Madziva Wesley Madziva, @WeszMadz: “Unemployed Graduate seeking Employment”
CFM Recruitment CFM Recruitment, @CFMRecruitment: ‘I don't think outside the box, because for me there is no box' 😀 Profile of a Marketing Executive for a role we advertised.
Paul Freed Paul Freed, @paultalks: Cute doesn't work. I want to see a one-line resume: name + title + past companies.

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Bonus: what not to do

Martin Dangerfield avatar Martin Dangerfield, @MDangerfield: “I know where you live” …from a recruiter person who as it turned out did know where I lived along with a bunch of other information.
marysimmonshr-avatar mary simmons, @marysimmonshr: “I need a job please hire me!” I try to caution job seekers not to act desperate but this one missed the memo

Bonus 2: when recruiters email you

Daniela Borquez Daniela Borquez, @Dani_Borquez: I recruit a lot on LinkedIn and what I've found out is that not mentioning the company in the title has a high response [from candidates] for executive level positions. Titles such us “Executive Director, Digital” or “Media Sales Manager” make people curious. For younger crowds, I've experimented with something like “It's time to boost your career!” without much success as simply “sales account executive”

Bonus 3: what if you don't have the recruiter's email address?

Timur Daudpota wrote The Most Complete Guide to Finding Anyone’s Email, and it includes some tricks that I use and others I'll definitely try. Very handy.

Question of the article

Which email subject line has worked best for you? Share it with us here in the comments for the benefit of other job seekers.

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Jacob Share

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This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Dorlee


    Thank you for sharing this great list of best subject lines that recruiters have received from jobseekers.

    In today’s times, we are all inundated with far too many emails. Therefore, jobseekers seeking to be noticed by recruiters or trying to network with others would benefit from taking the time to be creative with their choice of email subject lines.

  2. Jacob Share

    Dorlee- that’s a great point. Getting your email read is harder than ever, so you really need to step up to make it happen.

  3. Todd Porter

    This is some of the worst advice. Not really.

    The last comment by Paul Freed is probably the closest to the best answer.

    People don’t want cute. The subject line should be a quick pointer to the e-mail, which should be a hook to what the reader needs.

    You have 5 seconds, 10 tops, to gain the readers interest.

  4. Jacob Share

    Todd- Judging by the responses, quite a few recruiters do want cute! Perhaps to break the monotony if nothing more.

    Paul’s tip works if a) you have experience and b) from companies that will impress the recruiter. I don’t think candidates should be damned by working for the other %99 of companies, but if you do your homework and meet those two conditions, I bet the targeted recruiter will notice. Same goes for knowing which recruiters want cute.

  5. Andy Burke

    Hi Recruiters / Hiring Managers:
    I have liked enoyed some subject lines thus far. Would this one work on you? (because it is true and I can back it up with my experience):
    “I never miss work (my wife is a nag) and other relevant facts which make me your next great Proposal Writer.”

  6. suraj revalkar

    How to wright email subject for job applying fresher to hr

  7. Jennifer

    Jacob – these are awesome! I learned a long time ago, even before smart phones where all people see are subject lines, that the subject line has to be absolutely clear on what’s needed. So, I use subject lines like “CATHY Action Required” or “Team provide input by tomorrow!” or “URGENT PLEASE READ” or “FYI on Google’s new search method”
    Those catch my eye and indicate what’s needed. I do the same when I email job stuff – if possible, I try to put a reminder of who I am in the subject line!
    I bet this wasn’t easy to put together, but I appreciate your time in doing this for all of us 🙂

    1. Jacob Share

      Thanks Jennifer, for such a useful comment / tip 🏆

  8. This was intriguing, and it’s a reminder that recruiters are individuals with varied preferences so there’s no absolute rule. But to be both clear and attention-getting, I coach my clients to include the target job title plus at least one of their key selling points, e.g. “award-winning marketing guru” or “technical prowess + a great listener” or whatever makes them uniquely valuable.

    1. Unemployed grad

      Hi Thea,

      What should I write when writing to hiring managers of engineering teams? I have no idea what kind of titles are they recruiting for currently so I cannot put names of positions. I just have their email id’s. I’m a recent graduate looking for entry-level jobs!

      Unemployed grad

  9. Kevin Hosey

    Great subject lines. I’m curious, how many of them did they actually hire?

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