Create A Job Search Email.
Create a dedicated job search email. There are many benefits to this. First of all, I don’t know what your email inbox looks like, but mine is just a mess. And don’t get me started on the mental effort it takes to clean up your inbox. In order for your job search emails to not get mixed up with all the promotions, newsletters and randoms that you have signed up for, it’s best to get yourself a dedicated job search email. Another advantage is the fact that you don’t have to scroll through rejection mail and get yourself depressed when you’re looking for something else.
Set Up Your Email Signature.
Set up your email signature. If you’re feeling unmotivated to do this, you should know that it actually saves you a bunch of time in the future. Your signature should include an email closing. Sincerely/Yours sincerely is best if you want to go strictly formal. Warmest regards/With kind regards/With best regards is less formal, but still suitable for a job search. Finally, your email signature should have your contact information for a possible response. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile if you have one. If you don’t, get one. And then include the link.
Send An Email After Interviews.
This is simply good manners. Send an email saying ‘Thank You’ for the interview, express your enthusiasm at the prospect of being in the role and why you are a good fit. This could be a way to stand out if other applicant’s aren’t sending one. And if they are, you are not standing out in a bad way. That would look bad. Keep the email short, and be sincere.
Send An Email To Follow Up On Applications.
After an interview, most interviewers end off with ‘you’ll hear from us’. We know that this is not always the case, though. If you haven’t heard back you should definitely send an email to follow up on your application. Stay formal, reference the application you put in, or the interview you went for. Express your desire to hear back from them. Even if the outcome is negative, a certain rejection is better than just constantly wondering if you’re going to be called or not.
Explore Connections That You May Have.
This is how you utilize the so-called links that you keep hearing that everybody has. If you know a relative that knows someone in a role that you would like to be in, get that person’s contact information. Whatever the relation is between you and that person, is something you can use to your advantage. People love to help other people that they feel they have a link to. In you email, address how you’re connected to that person, and then go straight to the point. Tell the person the role you’re interested in and ask the person to make any relevant introductions if that’s what you’re after.
Keep In Touch With Old Superiors.
During your time in school, you take internships to gather some experience. The same is true for your National Service Period. During these periods you form relationships with the people you work with. Send messages to your former superiors to see how they are faring. It can come off as self-serving if you’re only reaching out to them when you want something. Make sure to check on them once in a while, even if at those points you do not want a specific thing from them.
Double Check Your Messages Before You Hit Send.
It is maybe, just a little bit unprofessional to have typos and grammatical errors in your emails when you’re job searching. If this feels like a chore for you, get Grammarly. I got you the link, no excuses.
Good luck with the job hunt!