You don't always get to apply for a job in person. Job postings often ask for e-mail applications. Your qualifications and personality must stand out so prospective employers notice you. Be professional and to the point.
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Things you need
- Cover letter
Type the name of the job posting in the subject line. For instance, if you are applying for a chemical engineering job, type "chemical engineer" in the subject line. Your e-mail will stand out as the employer scans his inbox.
Begin with a professional salutation. If you know the name of the person you are e-mailing, use that; or begin with "Dear Sir or Madam."
Place your cover letter in the body of the e-mail. Make it short and to the point--two or three sentences that highlight your accomplishments and strengths.
Sign the email with a signature that includes all of your contact information: your home and mobile phone numbers, home address and e-mail address.
Read through the entire e-mail to look for errors. Do not trust spell checking to make sure that your grammar and spelling are correct. Be sure you've used the professional tone a job application requires.
Attach your resume to the email. Note that the resume is attached in the body of the email so the prospective employer doesn't miss it. A simple line such as "Please see resume, attached." will suffice.
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