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Essential etiquette for online job applications

Date: 30 May 2011

Are you applying for jobs online? Do you know how to conduct yourself so as not to appear an ignorant electronic oaf? Trever Symons from Selby Jennings gives his advice on how to write the perfect cover letter.

“A covering letter is good, but we don’t ask for one as standard,” says Trevor Symons at recruitment firm Selby Jennings. “The best covering letters aren’t too long winded and simply outline your technical capabilities,” he adds. “”They should also be tailored to the job you are applying for and not just one huge body of text regarding your motivations for a generic role.”

Symons advises against appending it as an attachment to an email. “”With the volume of applications recruiters receive, an attachment is very easy to miss, and I would suggest that hiring managers are the same” he says.

If you’re applying direct to employers Baptiste advises definitely appending the covering letter as an attachment AND posting it in the body of the email. “If you send a covering letter as an email, it may get lost,” he points out. “In order to save it, hiring managers will need to paste it into a word file and they might not do so.

“I’d write a synopsis of the covering letter in the body of the email and append the full covering letter as an attachment,” he recommends.

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