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3 ways to score a new job with just 1 email

Anastasia Santoreneos
·3-min read
3 things your cold email MUST have if you want the job. Source: Legally Blonde
3 things your cold email MUST have if you want the job. Source: Legally Blonde

Cold calling or cold emailing is uncomfortable at the best of times, largely because you never know if you’re going to get a response or not.

But with technology such an integral part of our day-to-day lives, it can also be a really successful – and efficient – way to get a job.

According to finance influencer, Haley Sacks, known online as Mrs Dow Jones, cold emailing means the emailer needs to do all the heavy lifting in order to get a response.

That means doing these three things:

  1. Suggest specific/times dates for a call.

  2. Pitch them exactly how and why you could work together.

  3. Keep your emails short: “2 to 3 sentences max”.

“This is the only way you’ll get a response,” said.

And it’s true, according to job search engine, Indeed.

“The person you are contacting may not have time to read a long email, so try to keep it short and simple to make sure they read the whole thing and understand what you are requesting,” they stated.

What else should I do when I’m cold emailing?

  1. Proofread: Just like a résumé or cover letter, spelling and grammar matter – a lot. So, it’s a good idea to proofread your emails before you send them off to a prospective employer.

  2. Be convenient: Timing is everything. Sending an email at 10pm on a Saturday or 7am Monday morning could send the wrong message. Indeed suggests sending your email at mid-morning on any weekday.

I’m writing a cold email. What should I say?

If you’re struggling to think of how to pitch yourself, there are some cold email templates available online.

For example, Indeed suggests this:

Dear [NAME],

My name is [YOUR NAME] and I found your information on [HOW YOU FOUND THE INFORMATION]. I am currently seeking a new opportunity to sharpen my skills and gain experience in [SKILL] and [SKILL]. As of right now, I work for [COMPANY NAME] as a [POSITION], however, I am interested in applying for the open position of [POSITION] at your company. I think I could offer this organisation [VALUE].

I'd love the opportunity to discuss the opportunity over [PHONE, COFFEE, EMAIL, ETC.]. I am available [YOUR AVAILABILITY].

Please let me know if you are available to discuss this position further. I am willing to work around your schedule.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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