Applying for jobs via email

Applying for jobs via email

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Hi I’m Steven and this is Let’s Get Working. There are multiple ways of applying for a
job. One of the most common is via email. It’s easy to over think how you phrase things
or what is and isn’t appropriate. A poorly written email can create problem so here are a couple of tips when it comes to applying for a job via email. There are several parts to an email, the subject
line, the greeting, they body of text, and the signature The first thing that will be seen is the subject line so what you write here and what you don’t write here is important. As long as you have a professional tone, it’s
unlikely that you’re going to get rejected simply for what you put in the subject line. But what you write can affect the reader’s
opinion of you. You don’t want the interviewer rolling their
eyes because you tried to be clever and it backfired For example if I was applying for a reception
position, a professional sounding subject line could be Reception position,
Application for Reception position or Application for Reception position – Steven Last. These are all professional subject lines and
there are many others variants you could use. Basically your subject line should communicate
that this email is a job application for a specific position Keep your subject line short and specific. If it’s longer than one sentence, 10 words
or so, then it’s probably too long. “I would like to apply for the reception
position I saw advertised on SEEK” is too long for a subject line. Avoid making yourself stand out in the wrong
way. Make yourself standout is always the advice
you hear when it comes to the job application process Some people go too far though, or do it the wrong way. While a creative subject line is intended
to stand out, it can have the opposite effect. It could make it harder to understand what
the email about, or worst case come across as spam While I don’t think you have to worry about
an employer ignoring your emails if they looks like spam, they may not give your email
their full attention. Things like – Your next great receptionist I’m the perfect candidate for the job your search for a receptionist is over, or HIRE
ME! These are all definitely different, but they aren’t
the way to go. Next comes the salutation. Depending how formal you want your email to
be determines what salutation you should use. Think who you’re sending the email to, and
how it should be addressed. Formal language is often used when speaking to those in a higher position or when you don’t know someone well. If you’ve never spoken to the recipient
or been introduced, as is common with job applications then formal is a good choice. For example, a formal salutation would be
– Dear Mr Smith, or Hello Mrs Brown. In contrast informal language is used to communicate
with those you’re familiar with. A simple Hi Fred, or just Hello will often
do when communicating informally. Match your audience with your language type
and you’ll come across as polite and respectful. The email’s body of text is where you talk
about yourself, what you can offer and why this makes you suitable for the position. Keep in mind that your resume and cover letter
are going to be attached to this email, so don’t just copy paste that information here. Briefly introduce yourself and what the purpose
of the email is in this case it’s applying for a job in a specific position. You could highlight the most relevant point
from your cover letter to grab their interest and then direct them to your attached resume
and cover letter. The final thing you need to do is attach an
email signature. Your signature should include your name and contact information to make it easy for them to contact you That’s the basics of email writing, here’s
a few final things to keep in mind when writing an email. Don’t rush your email or you risk making
mistakes. Once you’ve finished writing an email proofread
it to make sure everything is correct. Spellcheck is good, but occasionally things
slip through. Don’t send emails when you’re emotional,
you could end up saying things you normally wouldn’t Come back with a clear mind and you’ll be
able to write better. And, be concise. Unless it adds something, there’s no need
to say something in a paragraph that could be said in a sentence. It also makes it easier to pick out the important
information. Thanks for watching and don’t forget to
check out our other videos. Remember to subscribe if you’re interested
in hearing more information aimed at helping you find, gain, or keep a job. Until next time, have a good week and I hope
your job search goes well.

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