Emailing Your Resume and Cover Letter
The fact that you’ve done your homework and created a well-written resume and cover letter tailored to specific job opening is great. It definitely gives you better chances of being selected for the interview stage. However, what if many candidates did the same thing? That gives a pleasant headache to the hiring authorities to choose among strong applicants but that makes it harder for those applying. This is where details can make a big difference when you are considered to be hired or even be invited for a job interview. Your resume and cover letter then isn’t your only tools of getting the interview invitation. There are other things that can have impact on how employers view your candidacy.
Sending That Email Is Important!
There are tons of articles on how to write an effective resume or cover letter, while so few words are said about emailing hiring managers about a particular job opening. It seems like a small thing if compared to resume writing but the truth of the matter is sounding unprofessional in the email can become a turn-off for many employers. Knowing this may change your approach to how you write this kind of emails. Here are several mistakes that can cost you an interview.
Didn’t do your homework. This often happens with those who don’t care much to adjust their application packages to every job opening they apply. The homework in this context simply means researching information about a particular employer and applied job with the purpose of addressing the requirements in the application. Email letter to prospective employer is a great place to showcase your knowledge about the company and if you write generic text, the company decision makers may prefer another candidate.
Using one template. There are people who kind of like one email template and use it for all opportunities. Trust, hiring authorities do know you are using a template which means you were lazy to compose your own letter. Knowing that you didn’t put any real efforts into developing that email says a lot about your commitment.
Poor grammar. Because job seekers believe that their resumes and cover letter are the most important marketing tools, they tend to ignore the importance of an email to the prospective employer. But the fact is that if you’re writing such letters with mistakes, then you’re probably not ready to represent the company. You would be surprised to know how many applications are sent with ridiculous errors.
Using jargon or emojis. Writing to a prospective employer regarding particular job opening is much different from texting to your friend. At least it should be. The moment hiring managers see emojis on the email from a job applicant, they are usually done with him/her. Remember that you are writing not to your friend but to the one who can decide whether or not you will be invited for a job interview.