If you have been sending CVs for a long time now online and you haven't been getting feedbacks, it might be because you are doing it all wrong. These are ten tips to
take into consideration when next you are applying for a job through an electronic mail.
These ten tips may be the reason why you are not getting a response of
acceptance or no vacancy. Here are the ten tips below:
- Don’t send an empty
mail with your CV attachment. Anyone can engineer a CV with qualifications and
to any level of education they want and most times, people pay to have their CV
written for them and organizations know that. A message body directly describing
yourself, how you heard about them and why you are interested in working with
the organization would be perfect. Not only can they tell you can write
complete sentences & spell but if it’s a Bot review system they are using,
then you need to be on the safe side.
- Don’t send your CV
through your phone. A lot of people who work in these organizations you apply
to, pay attention to some details you might not see as necessary. Most people
can use a phone, but only few can use a computer. We are in the digital age and
they want to know you are a computer literate without having to ponder too much
about it. Using your phone would come off as you are not that serious in working
- Don’t sound too
official or too amateur. It’s a job application, not a press release or a
journal article. Find a mark between coming off official & active, and
stick to that. They want to know the business and personal side of you, not a
tailored profile of you.
- Be mindful of Cc &
Bcc. These are usually found on top of a mail, when creating one. Cc means
Carbon Copy and Bcc means Blind Carbon Copy. You can use any of them however
you choose to, but it would be great to note that using Bcc when sending a mail
to a group of people would prevent those people from seeing who & who you
sent that particular mail to but Cc doesn’t do that.
- Have a Cover Letter to
go with your CV. Your cover letter is basically the lettered format of your CV,
without the titles and qualifications. It’s more of who you are, how competent
you are and why you chose to apply to that particular company.
- Have a proper subject
title for the mail. It should be the title of the job you are applying for.
Keep it short & simple as possible and straight to the point.
- Make proper research
about the company, what it does, the CEO and the role you are applying for. The
visual popular representation of this can be seen in beauty pageantry. Most of
the times, you hear questions directed to some models on stage about the
organization hosting the beauty contest or the name of the MD or CEO of the
foundation sponsoring the pageantry they are currently contesting for and 6 out
of 10 people would fail that particular test. This is a huge turn-off for the
organizers. Your mail should have that knowledge with it and so do you, in case
they invite you for an interview.
- Your CV and Cover letter
should be in a PDF format. Thousands of CV gets submitted for every vacancy. You
know how bored you get writing and submitting CV upon CV? Well, HR Personnels
get bored reading all of that. Anything written and saved in PDF format,
remains the same way you wrote and arranged it when opened in most medium and
in the case where it’s a Bot that has programmed to read CVs for the company,
it would be great to remember the first thing science said about computer – it is
an idiotic machine. It can only execute as programmed.
- Attach your picture to
the mail if it’s not already included in your CV. This can sometimes be overlooked but a
picture still bears a thousand words. It won’t be used to judge you or
anything, but it feels great to be able to put a face to the name on the CV &
- Use a proper mail
address. A mail address can still say a thing or two about you. You can’t be
applying for a job with “ManKiller@yahoo.com or PlayBoyKamso@gmail.com. We know
you are all of that and no one can take it away from you but for the sake of
getting that job you’ve always wanted, you might consider a mail that bears
your real names.