Not Getting Called For Job Interviews? Here’s How To Send Job Applications

In a country such as ours, with a sluggish economy and an unemployment rate at a staggering 27.7%, the job market is very competitive. Looking for a job is a very challenging and expensive exercise, and at times, those interview calls are too far in-between. Social media junkie Theodorah Manjo recently shared a vey helpful Twitter thread on how to apply for a position; in the daily hustle of searching and applying for anything and everything, we could easily overlook the basics of ‘how’ to communicate with potential recruiters.

Here is an edited version of the thread;

When applying for a job, its not always that we don’t fit the criteria or that we lack the required skills to at least get called for interviews, it could be how we communicate with potential recruiters. Here are some tips on how to send job applications;

Firstly, your e-mail subject is very important – this is the heading of your email. It tells the person what they are about to read. Try to be as descriptive as possible, remember you are likely not the only person applying for this job and the employer maybe expecting scores of CVs.

The employer could also be hiring for multiple positions, an admin clerk, graphic designer and project manager for instance, you need to be specific about which position you are applying for; you use the subject line line to specify.

It is always a good idea to add your name to the subject line – this adds character & could set your application apart, for example; “Videographer Position | Name Surname” or “Application for a Bookkeeper Position”.

Now that we know what your email is about, we need to know a bit more about you and why you’re applying for this position;

Briefly introduce yourself in the e-mail by telling a very concise story of who you are, what you want and what you need from the employer (for them to view your CV) – this is a tricky balancing act. Here are a few examples:

Try to only mention your name, position applied for, availability, how much you earn and then close with a bold ending. Remember all you need at this point is for your CV & portfolio to be looked at; Just wet their appetites with enough info, your CV should then do the rest for you. It is generally acceptable to send an e-mail at night and during the weekend – as long as you don’t spam the recruiter.

Telephonic communication after sending your application is just as important as the application itself, to better manage this, create a spreadsheet of all the jobs you have applied for. Avoid submitting mass job applications and when you do get the call, you have no idea who it could be. Another mistake to avoid is forwarding your CV every time you apply for a new position, it is lazy & unprofessional, make an effort with each application.

You’re welcome to ask if the position has been filled and remember to thank the employer for their time.

I hope this was helpful.

*Originally written by entrepreneur, writer & digital marketer Theodorah Manjo. More about her here

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