Example emails to use in your job search

Email can be a powerful tool during your job search. Knowing exactly what to write can be hard though. Here are some example emails you can use to help get started.

Letting friends you are looking for a new position.

Hi Friends,

I hope this email finds you well. As some of you may know, I recently decided to switch to FIELD\INDUSTRY.

As I dive into the job search across LOCATION, I’d love it if you could keep your eyes open for people I could connect with and/or positions that might be a fit for me. Below is a bit about my background and what I’m looking for, and you can view my full resume on LinkedIn (INSERT LINK). These are a few of my ideal scenarios, but if anything related comes to you please keep me in mind!

Take care,

Telling specific people you are looking for a new position


I hope all is well! I saw the photos of the conference you held last month on Facebook—it looked like a fantastic event.

I’m reaching out because I’m currently seeking a new position. As you know, I have been COMPANY for TIME, but I’m ready for a new challenge in FIELD world.

I know that you used to do work for COMPANY, which is on my short list of dream companies. Do you still have any contacts there, and if so, is there someone that might be willing to do an informational interview with me? Any introductions you could make would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Status of application

Good afternoon,

I recently applied for your POSITION, and I just wanted to reiterate my strong interest. I think it might be a great match, and I’d love to talk with you about it when you’re ready to begin scheduling interviews.

Best regards,

Thank you for interview

Dear NAME:

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me this past Tuesday. After speaking with you and learning more about the JOB position, I am even more enthusiastic about the possibility of working at COMPANY.I particularly enjoyed hearing about TOPIC. I believe my experience with AREA could help your TEAM reach its goals.

Please let me know if I can answer any more questions about my application.


Follow up after interview

It was wonderful to talk with you on DAY. You’d mentioned that you were hoping to be ready to move forward on the POSITION by DATE, so I wanted to check in with you. I’m very interested in the role, even more so after our last conversation, and would love to know what your timeline looks like moving forward.


Networking follow up


We met briefly at EVENT WHEN, during the WHAT. To refresh your memory, I am changing careers from being a CAREER to being a CAREER. You were kind enough to give me advice on companies that might appreciate my background.

Since we last spoke, I’ve decided it would be helpful to get EXPERIENCE. COMPANY is one of the companies I admire in the online world and I noticed that you have a first-degree connection to PERSON, a TITLE THERE. Would you consider making an introduction for me? My email is ADDRESS.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you might be able give.

Thanking a new contact


Just wanted to thank you again for meeting with me earlier. I’m definitely going to get in touch with PERSON like you recommended. I’ll keep you in the loop, and of course, please let me know if there’s anything I can do to repay the favor!


A career coach can help you with specific emails that can help in your job search.

The most important 34 seconds in a job search

It takes 34 seconds to get a job! Well, technically on average it takes 43 days from submitting an application to receiving a job offer but within those 43 days there are 34 seconds that are the most important. (Don't worry, you don't have to do those 34 seconds of work all at the same time!)

Networking - 20 seconds.

A recent survey found that 80% of jobs are found through networking. Step one is connecting with people who might be able to help. Step two (and the most important part) is to give them your 20 second elevator pitch. It doesn't matter how good the connection is if they don't walk away knowing (a) what your superpowers are and (b) how you can use those superpowers to help other people.

An "elevator pitch" is a 20 second spiel designed to sell something. The name comes from the idea of bumping into a key decision maker in an elevator and trying and sell them on an idea by the time they reach their floor. Elevator pitches are traditionally considered a tool to pitch products but they are just as effective at pitching people as well.

It takes some serious thought to write a good elevator pitch because you have to really know what you want. Vague, generic, elevator pitches rarely work because you need the other person to walk away with some specific ideas about you.

This is how to create an elevator pitch.

Start with a one line explaining who you are.
Then describe what you do.
Move on to what kind of company you want to work for.
Explain what is unique about you.
Finally, tell them what you want to happen next.

An example would be: "Hi, I am Sam. I am an experienced accountant with 20 years of experience working for a big 4 company. I am looking to move to a local business in the metro area. I really want to use my tax experience to help a company maximize their investments. Do you know anyone I should talk to?"

Once you have your elevator pitch written out, share it with some trusted advisers and get their feedback on it. When you have finalized it, practice at home until you are comfortable and then set yourself a goal of using it at least once every day. The more you use it, the more natural it will become.

So, who should you give your elevator pitch to? The short answer is everyone! Some specific examples are:
Former colleagues.
Current colleagues (if appropriate.)
Fellow club members.
Friends of friends (or friends of colleagues) at companies you apply to.
People you meet at social events (or anywhere for that matter.

If you don't feel comfortable just blurting out your elevator pitch try one of these conversation starters.
"What line of work are you in?"
"What brought you here today."
"Do you mind if I join you here where it's a bit quieter?"
"How long have you been with the organization?"
"How are things in your department?"
"That looks good. Where did you find it?"

Once you have got the conversation started, make sure to share your elevator pitch with them. A 20 second elevator pitch to the right person will land you a job. You just never know who the right person is until after the fact so share your elevator pitch with everyone!

Resume - 7 seconds

Congratulations, thanks to your brilliant elevator pitch someone is going to look at your resume.!Your resume is arguably the most important document in the job application process. It is what will convince a recruiter to bring you in for an interview - or pass on your application immediately. On average a recruiter spends just 7 seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether the candidate is a good fit for the role.

There are a few things you can do to help your resume stand out.

Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for.Adapt your resume for each position you are applying for. Use the same terminology as the job description. The recruiter may not know the technical ins and outs of the job. They need to see word matches to realize you have relevant skills. Your resume may also go through a computerized Applicant Tracking System - and computers are dumb. Lastly, take out irrelevant information so the reader sees the most important information in those 7 seconds.

List skills at the topMake sure the most important information about your application is the first thing the recruiter sees. List your relevant skills. This is a quick and easy, as well as very effective way, to tailor your resume to ensure the recruiter knows you are a good fit for the job. This is also an opportunity to add keywords to help your resume get through the Applicant Tracking System.

Get someone to proof read your resumeYou cannot proof read your own work, your mind will skip over the errors because it knows what it is supposed to say.Get someone else to proof read your resume. One typo or mistake can send your application straight to the "no" pile. An error-proof resume shows you are detailed oriented.

Interview - 7 seconds

Research shows that within 7 seconds people will have a solid impression of who they think you are. Once that impression has been made it takes weeks or even months to change that impression. You probably won't be in an interview for weeks so you have to make those 7 seconds really count! The good news is there have been hundreds of studies in to making good first impressions.

Good eye contactStudies have found job candidates who make strong, lasting eye contact when meeting their interviewer were offered jobs more often. Eye contact is viewed as a sign of self-confidence which triggers the brain’s trust response. Don't over do it though, it is best to look someone in the eye when you greet them and then return regularly to short but noticeable lengths of eye contact.

Strong hand shakeA recent study found that candidates with firm handshakes were viewed more favorably. A good handshake should be firm, but not hand-crushing. Its also good to make sure your hand is warm and dry. Warm hands are give the impression of a warm personality. Dry hands aren't sweaty and not sweaty makes you seem calm and confident.

Authoritative voiceMake your voice sound more authoritative. Lower tones and dynamic volumes have been found to convey authority. As you practice your interview answers beforehand make sure to practice your voice too.

Similar dress stylePeople like people like themselves. One of the first signs that someone is like us is what they are wearing. It is often said that you should dress to impress but in an interview you want to give the impression that you are similar to the person interviewing you, not better than them. Ask your recruiter what the dress code is at the office beforehand. If you have time you can also take a trip to the location and look at what most people are wearing.

Tall, open postureStand tall with an open posture. Keep your chin up, your arms at your side and your back straight. These are all signals that you are a warm and friendly person. On the other hand, hunching over and give the impression you lack confidence or have something to hide.

SummarySo there you go, the 34 most important seconds of your job search are your elevator pitch, your resume and your first impression in an interview. Spend some time perfecting those seconds and increase your chances of landing a job!

How to use social media in your job search

A recent survey found that 80% of jobs are found through networking. The good news is with the advent of social media it is much easier to network with a larger number of people than ever before. But how do you use social media in your job search?

1. Be on your best (social media) behavior.

70% of employers surveyed recently said they use social media to screen employees. Keep anything you post online during your job search "grandma proof."

2. Share your contact information on social media.

Make sure you have a way for potential employers to contact you in your social media profile. Make your email address or phone number public.

3. Keep your Linkedin profile uptodate.

Linkedin is THE social media platform for job searching. Make sure your profile is uptodate and your posts and likes reflect the type of work you are looking for. This is the first place that potential employers will look for you.

4. Expand your Linkedin network.

Connect with everyone you know on Linkedin. Connect with current and former colleagues, connect with friends, connect with people you know through hobbies. Make the connection before you need them. Change the generic welcome message Linkedin sends to something more personal.

5. Reach out to people you know when you have applied for a job.

When you apply for a job, find out who you know at that company and reach out to them. Ask them about the company, ask them about the job, and if appropriate ask them to put in a good word for you.

6. Optimize your Linkedin SEO.

Just as you want to optimize webpages so they can be found by search engines, you want to optimize your Linkedin profile so recruiters can find you. Make sure any keywords a potential employer might use to find you are in your Linkedin profile.

7. Reconnect with people.

If you are just starting your job search, reconnect with people you already know. Rebuild bridges and let them know you are looking for a new opportunity.

8. Make the appropriate parts of your social media profile public.

Social media sites make it very easy for you to pick and choose what information is public and what information only friends can see. If your social media profile isn't 100% safe for work, make limited (safe) bits public. Even if a potential employer can't see everything, its still good for them to be able to find you.

A career coach can help you make the most of social media in your job search.