Emails have become the preferred communication method by recruiters and job seekers, particularly during the early phase of a job search. Communicating by email allows both candidates and recruiters to track their applications and have a digital record to refer back to.
1. The Basics
It’s important your email address is professional and has been updated since high school. Please avoid emails, like the ones some of the First Avenue team once had:
No doubt - You may be a soccer stud or rock, but in this context a concise professional email address will pay dividends.
A subject line is another basic email component sometimes missed. A subject line should be to the point and clearly show what your email is about. This will prevent your email from hitting the Spam box, or worse being overlooked and deleted. Always list the position you are applying for in the subject line - Marketing Manager Position
Always crosscheck the email address you are sending your application to. If possible, opt to send your email to a person instead of a generic info@ email account.
Lastly, something a lot of people forget to include with their personal email address is an email signature. This is a great back up in case you have left out your contact information, as well as closing your email professionally.
2. Read Instructions
It’s amazing how many emails recruiters and hiring managers receive from candidates declaring amazing attention to detail. It’s even more amazing when the same candidate has missed half the instructions mentioned in the advertisement. Be sure to answer all questions asked in the job posting, as well as email the correct person.
3. Keep it brief
Most recruiters and hiring managers are time poor, be conscious of this and keep to the point. It’s best to save your stories, consisting of all your fantastic achievements and skills for an interview, where it can come in person.
4. Never forget your attachments
Appling for a position you have fallen in love with is extremely exciting. However the worst thing you can do is speed through the application process. Far to often an email that covers all components of the job posting is sent; stating that a resume and cover letter is enclosed. Sadly though the applicant has forgotten to attach their resume and cover letter, don’t fall victim to this mistake.
5. Spell Check
The last thing to do before hitting send is to proof read and spellcheck your email. Rectify any red and green squiggly lines that appear, and then fire your application away.
Best of luck to all job seekers, we hope all of you find the career change you’re looking for. When you land an interview, read our blog post “Three critical things to remember on your first interview”, or for personal advice or help finding a career contact First Avenue.
Apps are at the front and centre of any smartphone experience, some are created for entertainment, social sharing or as an extension of a brand. The apps that really catch our eye though, are those not only disrupting but pinpointing issues in society and integrating technology as a solution. It's for this reason EmergenSee is this weeks Start Up of the Week.
EmergenSee is an app developed to increase personal safety. The application utilises your phones functions in the moments you feel threated or unsafe. Once you tap the EmergenSee App, Live Streaming Audio, Video and GPS Location Data is transmitted directly to your pre-selected safety contacts.
The App allows the user to discretely alert their safety contacts or professional security operator if they feel threatened or in danger. Not only does the application allow police, security or loved ones to track your movements, if you are in danger. EmergenSee allows users to report crimes anonymously, if you see a crime or suspicious activity, you are able to send a time stamped, GPS tagged, critical information sheet to a professional monitoring operator.
We love that EmergenSee are aiming to make millions of people feel safer, as well as provide software for users to easily report incidents that occur in their own community. If you want to download this App, click here.
I read something interesting today; stating that in 2016 more technology devices would populate Earth than people. That is pretty incredible when you think about it; our environment is so fast paced students are studying to work in jobs that are still on the brink of existence.
The recruitment industry is no different, although the core principles to staffing have remained true over time, vast changes have occurred in regard to screening and interviewing practices.
Here are some of the most innovative developments to occur in our Industry:
Social Media/ SAAS
Has sent trembles through the entire recruitment industry - Not only increasing the reach of recruiters, but also providing a platform to directly track and hunt passive job seekers.
Social Media also provides an alternative space to advertise opportunities and also target opportunities to a relevant audience. A quick check of candidates can also be conducted to get a taste of them, while still in the screening process.
Has been reinvented again – Previously applicants were asked to send in a video of themselves to compliment their resume. Now platforms exist that can compile the exact questions you would like to ask all candidates and have them submit short video responses to each question. The screening process is far more effective with both a resume on hand, and the questions the recruiter wanting answered delivered directly to them. This is a fantastic way to assess an applicant and has been proven far more effective than a phone interview.
Github & The Loop
Kudos, Github and The Loop, for crafting alternative channels for jobseekers to obtain employment. These websites allow individuals to create online portfolio’s containing their successful work. These portfolios are then displayed online for the world to view. This has opened up another outlet in which recruiters can capitalise and pinpoint the most talented workers in a field.
Is simply the wackiest recruitment innovation of 2015, step back psychometric testing a new player in assessing decision making, skills and personality has emerged. Basically particular computer games have been developed and implemented as part of the interview process. Decisions and skills relevant to the job being applied for are assessed throughout simulated experiences in the game, as well as personality traits. As the candidate is playing the game, data is being spat out of a different computer, which can be analysed.
If you are looking to be found or on the search for top talent reach out to First Avenue. We can assist you in building your personal brand or acquiring the best talent for your organisation.