Making a Good Email Impression During Your Job Search

The job market is tough. In order to find that job you want, you have to stay diligent in your job search. This means staying consistent in contacting jobs, pursuing the appropriate career opportunities and calling back on job leads. It simply means that in order to find the best job for you, you have to ‘work’ for it.

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Changing the nature of the job

In the past few years there has been a transition in the way that we look for jobs. Now, instead of constantly going out and applying for jobs at the physical address; more and more of us are opting to contact employers online. Newspaper ads have faded in popularity as opposed to online advertisements and classifieds while running all over town has turned into typing various online applications. Fortunately, you can apply to twice as many jobs online as you can at the physical addresses. This transition has apparently been very successful, more easily finding jobs for the unemployed. one of the very best ways to find a job is through your email correspondences.

Pivotal moments in email correspondence to prepare for

When you get that first email response, think carefully. The second email that you send out will be the one which makes or breaks the deal. It is just a matter of fact that the first email is never as hard to write as the second one. The reason the second email is so hard to write is because the employer now wants to know why you want the job. Your qualifications may be clear but your reasons and desire for the job must be just as clear of a reason. Always be prepared for the second email. It means you have a chance but it also means ‘don’t blow it’!

First Impressions

Making a good first impression takes both professional and casual skills. It is very important to showcase your abilities but it is also just as important to keep a casual tone when writing your email. No one wants to hire a writer who is not going to be interesting enough to grab attention. Keeping a slight casual tone also lets your prospective employer know that you are confident in your abilities.

Referrals

One of the best ways to get the job of your dreams is to have the right referrals. The best references can help you to prove your qualifications by affirming your job performance. These referrals can either be former employers or close friends. This all depends on the references that the company needs.

Referrals dos

It is a very good idea to use former employers as referrals. When offering these references, be sure to provide phone number and email address for each references. If you have ample ways for the employer to contact your references, then they will be able to confirm your qualifications in a timely manner.

Referral dont’s

Employers usually do not like to see relatives used as references. In some cases this is stated in the employment application. This shows unprofessionalism.

Cold Calls

Cold calls aren’t necessarily bad, they just need to be done at the appropriate time and the appropriate manner. You can actually find new jobs with cold calls that you may have otherwise not know about.

Call dos

It is okay to call an employer that you are interested in just to ask them if they have any job openings. Other than that, you should visit the physical location or simply send that email inquiry.

Call dont’s

Do not call a company about a job and ask various questions about job details. If the employer says that they are not currently hiring, then you should take your correspondences to online options such as with emails, or applications.

Follow up

Following up on job leads, especially by using your email, can lead to great success. Follow up shows your perseverance in your desire to work for the company. It can also show your professional online presence.

When it is important

It is quite alright to call an employer back after submitting an application. This shows dedication and a desire to work. Calling a couple times a month is efficient to show your interest in the job.

When it is appropriate

Do not make a habit of calling the employer everyday. This can be disastrous. Even calling every single week can be a little too much. Employers do not need to think that you are bothersome and desperate. It is very important and appropriate to limit your number of call backs to your prospective employer. You want them to remember you but you also want them to have a good memory of you and not a bad one.

Absolute worst things that you can say

Never tell the employer about your shortcomings. It is not good to lie about your qualifications but take care and not volunteer any information that will give you a negative presence. Your email should convey a positive impression of you and your work.

No matter what mistakes you make in your email, you should never ever say negative things about the prospective employer. This is always a big mistake. You should also never use aggressive language when trying to convince someone to hire you.

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