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Career counseling #12: the application e-mail

If you do a Google search on how to write the “perfect” cover letter, you’ll probably see articles saying that the cover letter is obsolete. This would be because most employers prefer to read a perfectly crafted email in which you could explain the same things as in the cover letter.

I quite agree with this up to a point. The e-mail is extremely important, but so is the cover letter.download

Situation 1:

– you apply for job X at company Y. The email address to send your application is hr@ycompany.com. In this case, you should focus on the cover letter. In a generalist email like this, nobody will read the text in the body of the message. Don’t bother with it.

Situation 2:

– you apply for job X at company Y. The email address to send your application is director.x@ycompany.com. In this case, you have the semi-private email address of the person in charge of the recruitment. Focus on both the cover letter and the email. The person might not download the cover letter or stop to read your email. You should cover all bases because of this. Continue reading “Career counseling #12: the application e-mail”

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Career counseling #10: The cover letter

There are thousands of templates on the web, all for the “perfect cover letter”. You can find templates for different jobs, different fields. But, in principle, they all look the same. Your name and address on the left, the employer`s name and address on the right, the date on which you are sending it just below and that “Dear Mr/Mrs.” right there.

The paragraphs all look the same. The first one is short telling where you saw the job. The second is that you are perfect for the job because you studied this and you worked on that. The third, well, is weird. You keep going on and on about your experience, trying to explain everything. And, then, you`re using it for all your applications.

And this is completely WRONG.

Here is what you should do. READ MORE TO SEE THE “CATCH” AT THE END.