How to Email a Response to a Job


If you've found a job posting online, you'll want to email your response as soon as you can if you are interested in the job. When someone posts a job prospect online, he often gets hundreds of responses. Therefore, if you want to be sure to be called in for an interview, you'll need to know how to reply to a job posting correctly and efficiently.

  • Narrow your search and only respond to jobs that you know you have a chance of getting. When an ad is posted online, many applicants see it, so the field is already tight. You want to be sure you have the best chance at getting a good job.

  • Write to the email address that is listed with the job posting. Include a greeting, a little bit about yourself and where you found the job listing, just in case it was listed more than once. You'll also want to be sure to list the exact title you are applying for, in case the company has more than one job currently being offered.

  • Send your resume to the address, but be sure to do exactly what the job listing specifies. If the job listing just says to send a resume, feel free to attach one or include it in the body of the email. If the job listing asks for a resume in a particular file type, copy and pasted in the body of an email or sent as a separate email, be sure to follow the instructions.

  • Wait for several days before you write again to inquire about your application. Double-check the application close date and don't inquire again if the applications haven't closed. Many employers wait until they have all of the applications to send out emails or make phone calls.

  • Reply promptly to any email messages you get back, or return phone messages as soon as you can. Even though a company has posted a job offer online, it still wants you to treat it as you would treat any other job posting.

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