Thx 4 Ur Consideration!

Thx 4 Ur Consideration!

In an age of fast-talking, high-tech communication, it’s still a sin to be casual when e-mailing an employer. Remember, it's an application, not a post on your Facebook wall!

Common sense says it’s wise to write to employers in a respectful tone. There are obvious things that you should do: start your covering letters with "Dear..." and end with an eager statement that supports the selection process, such as "I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me if you need any more information".

All of this may sound obvious, and yet it’s far too easy to forget the niceties, particularly when you’re writing in a less formal medium. E-mail is a particularly good example. This is important since some recruiters now forgo the covering letter altogether and merely scan your e-mail to decide if your CV is worth downloading and reading – particularly if you're applying on spec.

Here are some tips on what to do when applying via e-mail... and what you should not do.

Subject: graduate surveyor job (1)
From: (2)
Sent: 31 July 2013 14:42:31
Attachment: CV.doc (50.3 KB); cover_letter.doc (30.4 KB) (3) 

Hi Charlene.
I've heard that you're looking for graduate surveyors. Is that right? I've seen your ad and would like to apply. Here is my CV and cover letter. Please look at them and let me know if I'm what you want. (5)

James Wee (6)

1. Remember the subject line

Don't use an overly-general and informal subject line like this. "Application for graduate surveyor position," for example, is informative, stands out in a full inbox, and looks suitably professional.

2.  Funny e-mail addresses are no fun!

Use an e-mail address with your initials and surname, or your full name. Kooky names, no matter how witty, won't ever cut it with graduate recruiters.

3. Check your attachments

Always check that you’ve actually attached your CV before hitting "send", and give your CV a file name that includes your name. "James Wee – CV.doc" is less likely to get lost in the recruiter’s inbox.

With every CV, send its best friend – a covering letter. Don't forget to check the file name for that, too!  Always refer the recruiter to your attachments when you write your e-mail.

To read part 2 of the article, click here.

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