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Tips for Applying for Graduate Positions by Email

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: Career Advice

Recent findings have shown that there is an average of 83 people applying for each graduate job. Find out how to improve your job application success rate via email.

In this highly competitive environment, impersonal email applications make it even more complicated for you to stand out as a potential employee. However, a good email application is the only chance we have to differentiate ourselves from the rest. So keep this in mind: first impressions count!

The best and main advice is to put ourselves into the shoes of the advertiser. Think of the reader and the company. What are they looking for? How many applications might they receive?

Your attitude towards any email application has to match their needs and expectations. The easier you make it for them to see what your overall profile is, the more chance there is of your graduate job application being successful.

Here are some good tips worth following when applying online:

  • Write a memorable personal statement. Otherwise your email can be easily confused, lost or even worse, disregarded without even being looked at properly.
  • Make sure that there are no grammatical and spelling errors in your text, this is likely to make them cross you automatically from their list without even looking at your CV.
  • Don’t be lazy. Read the advert fully and carefully and respond to all its key requirements. That’s what they are looking for, so give them the information they want if you want them to select you.
  • Don’t attach covering letters; include it to the main body of the email. Too many attachments are more likely to be ignored.
  • Make it an easy read. Write clear and in single-sentence paragraphs. They have lots of reading to do, so get to the point and don’t waste their time.
  • Make sure that your CV is short and contains relevant details. Supplying it as a PDF (Portable Document Format) is recommended.

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