When you’re job-seeking, getting a person of influence’s email is like getting the number of a girl or guy who you know is out of your league. Where do you even start when crafting perfect job application emails/first text?
Email turns 23 this year and what was once a game-changing discovery that basically re-invented the wheel of communication has now become the bane of the working person’s life.
According to The Radicati Group Email Statistics Report (a riveting read, by the way) roughly 100.8 billion emails are sent across the world per day and the average ‘business person’ receives 79 legitimate (meaning non-spam) emails in a 24 hour span.
With that in mind, and taking into account how lax you are with your inbox, you can understand that when you send off a job-application, it might take a while to get a response if you even get one – silence is just the quietest ‘no thanks’ you’ll ever receive online.
The trick to increasing your chances of getting a response to your job application emails is looking at some sort of informational graphic. Well, you’re in luck. This slice of informative goodness from Boomerang has collated a mass amount of data from varying email sources and looked at things like subject line length, amount of questions, tone and reading ease relative to how likely you are to get a response.
I’ll elaborate. Did you know, for example, that emails that are written with a slightly to moderately positive or slightly to moderately negative tone elicit between 5-15% more responses than those neutral, on-the-fence emails. It’s not suggesting that you exaggerate your tone but rather inject some personality into the email – art imitating life, and all that.
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So there you have it. Hopefully you’re feeling more informed about the best way about sending those pesky job application emails. Keep at it and never give up, with mathematics on your flank, you’d be hard done-by to fail!