Unlike the old days where one was required to seal applications in an envelope, job applications now have to be done through emails. This has left some people confused as to how online job applications are done.
An example is whether to attach the application letter or to put it as the body of the email.
Speaking to Perminus Wainaina a Recruitment Manager at Corporate Staffing Services he confirms that a cover letter should be the body of the email and that at the same time it should be sent as an attachment.
“Sending a job application with the cover letter as the body of the email saves time for the employer as it’s easy to scroll through the letter as opposed to first downloading it and then reading it ,” says Mr. Wainaina
He adds that, “A cover letter should be enticing enough for the employer to want to open the attached CV. No employer wishes to open something boring or too lengthy; that’s why it should be brief. It is important for job seekers to note that the cover letter should not be a copy paste of your CV.”
He also notes that the attached letter serves the filling purposes incase future reference is needed as it can be downloaded and printed. The printed quality of the download is better than that of the body of the email.
Who should you address your application to?
“Job applicants should follow instructions given in the job advert. But just in case it’s not indicated to whom the applications should be addressed to, ‘Dear Sir/ Madam’ will work fine,” advices Mr. Wainaina
What do you indicate on the subject line?
Mr. Wainaina’s take on this is that, “Most job adverts indicate what should appear on the subject line of the email, some may tell you to indicate the position being applied for or the job reference number in the subject line. If it is not indicated I would recommend they go with the job title, use it as your subject line.”
“I have also seen very catchy subject lines that made me want to have a look at some applications. An example is ‘why I should be considered for this job’, others is the use of capital letters to make sure that the application catches the employers attention,” says Mr. Wainaina
Is there a recommended or standard font for the body of the email?
Mr Wainaina says that, “There is no standard font that’s stipulated for making job applications but I recommend Times New Roman as its simple and it also look looks official.”
Incase you were wondering how to make that job application, now you know.