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How to write a job application email that will land you an interview

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So after you have perfected the best version of your resume, you have to seal the deal by making the best first impression via the application email you send. Job applications can be via an online portal, submitting a paper copy or applying via email

So this post will help you master the act of sending an application via emails.

Email Subject

The greatest blunder you can make while writing an email is not including a subject for the email. The greatest blunder for job applications via email is using a vague email such as "yourname Resume” e.g Abidemi’s resume or “myCV” as this subject. It is unprofessional and may end up in spam.   
   
A good format for an email subject is “Application_for_title_of_the_job_position.” E.g. Application for the Administrative assistant position.
     
Email body

After writing an appropriate subject, move on to write a short summary of yourself in the body the email. Below is a sample:

Dear “insert Hiring officer’s first name”,

(It is nice when you make an effort to search for the name of the HR contact and address the email to them. If you can’t find them, use someone’s name on the team. If not, “Dear hiring manager” is fine. Please do not use “to whom it may concern.”)

Paragraph 1
My name is “ABC”, I am a recent graduate of “ABC University” with a “Bachelors of ABC” in “insert course name”. I am interested in the “insert position” at “insert company name” because it is a great fit for my experience in “blah blah blah” or for my passion in “blah blah blah.” (Find a way to state why you are genuinely interested in the job. e.g. “I am passionate about educating people on how to make financially sound decisions that’s why I want to be part of the “insert company name” team). I know money is a motivation but organisations want to feel like you are in for more than the money.

Paragraph 2
Kindly find attached my Curriculum Vitae and Application letter. Feel free to reach me on “+234 000 000 0000” or “abc@abc.com” if you have any questions.

Paragraph 3
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Please, Switch out everything in quotes to information applicable to you.

Include an email signature
Always include an email signature. Below is a sample;
First name last name
B.A., Business Administration (Use applicable degree and course)
The University of ABC (Enter your university name)
Phone number
LinkedIn link or website (if applicable)
“A favourite quote that has to do with hard work or success.”

In conclusion, the job search period takes time. Never stop reviewing your resume with the few tips I have shared in these series. I really hope they help you get the job you want.

If you need a second set of eyes to look through your resume, I will be more than happy to take a look at it. Follow this link and leave your information. I will reach out to you to get the process going.

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” -  H. Jackson Brown, Jr

With love,
Bibi.


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