How to write a job application that gets you noticed.
1. The greeting / salutation should include the name of the recipient. Some applications will include the name of the Hiring Manager, so address it to that person. Check the email address as well to see the person’s name/surname.
This is important because addressing someone by their name immediately allows you to create a connection with them.
Do a quick search on LinkedIn if you have to. If all else fails, then address as “Dear Hiring Manager”.
Subject: Some job posts will have specific instructions on what to include in the subject line, so pay attention to that. If no details are given, then write the name of the position you’re applying for + your name. Eg. Application for Senior Project Manager | Julius Berger
1. Mention the role you’re applying for and relevant skills/experience.
“I recently came across the Senior Project Manager job opening on your website, and I was immediately intrigued with the opportunity to leverage my 6 years of experience in…
leading the successful execution of large-scale construction projects that accelerate revenue growth”.
“Having recently graduated from Harvard University with a BSc in Civil Engineering, I have demonstrated a particular aptitude for logistical planning, team leadership and maximisimg available resources to overcome barriers…
…I am excited to apply my knowledge and skills to the continued success of your organisation”.
“I’ve attached my CV and cover letter for your review / consideration. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like additional information.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
1. Do not forward a previous email conversation. Compose a new email.
2. Do not regurgitate your entire cover letter (or CV) in the body of the email.
3. As always, check for spelling errors.
If there’s anything else you’d like to add, please let me know in the comments.