Times are always changing, and the world we live in can sometimes seem to have evolved beyond all recognition. The job market is no different, and many find themselves in the position of having skills they see as outdated or obsolete. Writing a well-crafted job application letter seems to be one such skill as most jobs these days have online application forms to be filled out, or allow a resume to be sent via email. Never fear, though, as we are here to tell you how to use this invaluable skill in the modern age.
Email your way to success!
Email is the new letter; it’s faster, free and harder to lose, but oftentimes it seems to be very informal and inappropriate for such important things! This just isn’t the case anymore, though. An application email can be made to seem as formal and professional as a letter if you just follow the same protocols. Start your email with “Dear ____” and end with “Yours sincerely” while avoiding colloquialisms and abbreviated terms in the body.
Brevity, clarity, and polish should be your key words here. Omit needless words and information, ensure that you communicate clearly, and double check your grammar and spelling for maximum effect. Include only the skills and strengths you think will be useful in the job in question, but do make a point of building yourself up. If you have any huge gaps in knowledge or skills that will hurt your chances note them and communicate a plan to overcome them! This is your chance to make a great impression and separate yourself from the pack.
If you don’t hear anything back from your prospective employers within a week or so after the closing date follow up with them. This will show initiative and eagerness, but if you’re unsuccessful will also allow you to get feedback so that you may improve your technique for the next go round.
If you have any hints or tips you think may be useful then be sure to leave them in the comments section below.