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Guide to Job Hunting – Is your email technique scuppering your job search?

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It’s easy to take email for granted – However, it is one of the sharpest tools in your job seeking toolbox and it can define the decision about whether your CV is read, or binned.

Job seekers should remember that, like any powerful tool, E-mail should be used appropriately, especially when connecting with potential employers, communicating with networking contacts or submitting your CV as part of an application process.

Even if you think you’re on top of E-mail etiquette, refresh your memory with the following:

Choose your email address / name carefully – It was really cute when your E-mail address was “PlayBoyBunny88” at university, but a potential employer or networking contact is going to find it tacky and inappropriate. When in doubt, the best E-mail address is a combination of your first and last name.

Don’t forget the subject line – Would you open an E-mail from someone you don’t know that contains no subject line? Stay out of the spam folder by addressing the topic of your E-mail in your subject line. The more specific you are, the more likely your E-mail will be opened.

Ban the slang! – LOL, JK, ROFL, and other web jargon you have up your sleeve belong on Facebook and SMS, not professional E-mails. Using jargon, emoticons (smiling faces) and text slang tells an employer two things: first that you are not able to conduct yourself in a professional manner, and secondly that you might not be that serious about your application. Or, look at it this way: Most jobs today need some form of written communication. If you can’t be professional in this, your own most important written communications, how will you reflect on the company’s corporate image?

Keep it short and sweet – Stick to the point. Most people have very little time to read through emails, and usually have reams of them in their Inboxes.  Devise a strong written elevator pitch to support your application if you are sending your CV, or to make your point if you are introducing yourself. Again, this reflects on professionalism and the ability to express yourself concisely – By writing a powerful but short covering email, you are helping yourself through the screening process.

Make your signature your own – Include your name, E-mail address, phone number, web address, and hyperlinks to your social media profiles. Not only does an informative signature make for a good professional finish to any E-mail message, it also provides all your contact information in one place, making you immediately accessible. It proves attention to detail and a professional approach.

Use an appropriate sign-off – “Yours truly” is old hat! If you don’t know someone, is “Best wishes” appropriate? I prefer “Sincerely” or “Kind regards”. Be careful here – less might be more.

REMEMBER THE ATTACHMENT – This has to be the most common mistake ever. Check it over before you press the Send key. Lack of attention to detail at this point can ruin all your best efforts. If your email goes into an automated system, it will not flag back that you forgot the attachment so you might think you have applied for the job, but without the attachment you obviously have not. If a human being receives your e-mail, they might be kind enough to ask you for a resend. Or they might just think “Fail!” and send your CV to the recycling bin, because all the other applicants included their attachments and they don’t have time to waste. A false start here can lose you the race!

Follow the 24-hour rule – E-mail is immediate. No need to wait for the postman or scramble for a stamp. It’s a quick click and done! However, procrastination and overflowing inboxes will often slow down the effectiveness of E-mail communication. Follow the 24-hour rule. Make a point to deal with each E-mail message you receive within 24 hours. When an E-mail requires your response, act on it within a day, even if only to acknowledge that you have received their message and need a day or two to compile the requested information. Someone is waiting for you to answer them, and your appreciation of their time and consideration will send a strong message that you value them and will respond as requested.

It seems like such a simple thing, but it is because E-mail is so simple that the quality of our communication suffers.  We sometimes forget common courtesies and dismiss E-mails with a single click.  Be careful.  You could be dismissing your next job.

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Written by Cathy Richardson

November 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

Posted in Recruitment

eBay recruits into the parts Aftermarket – Excellent opportunities in the UK and Germany!

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We are delighted to be working with eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace. They have a powerful online presence for the sale of automotive parts and accessories across Europe, managed by a passionate community of individuals and small businesses. The size of the European automotive and motorcycle replacement parts market for eBay in Europe is measured in BIllions of Euros.

In line with recent developments in the parts aftermarket, with several of the OE parts manufacturers, factors and distributors developing online parts sales strategies, eBay are now looking to maximise on this trend by developing a new vertical offering to market in Germany and the UK.

This will be focussed entirely on the automotive and motorcycle aftermarket parts channels, offering a platform for factors, distributors and sellers to utilise.

This exciting opportunity requires a sales professional with a real in-depth knowledge of the automotive aftermarket. You will understand the commercial drivers as well as the complex relationships that exist in the aftermarket. You will also have a strong sales profile, with a real drive to develop fruitful and long standing client relationships. Working form ahome based location but reporting into the head office in Berlin, you will also be able to develop commercial proposals based on client needs.

In return, they offer an outstanding opportunity to diversify your skills away from the mainstream parts aftermarket whilst still maintaining a detailed relationship with the industry. There are also excellent benefits, career prospects and a world class working culture from which to benefit.

For more information, please send your CV to recruitment@cathyrich.co.uk, or call 0845 269 9085 to discuss this exciting opportunity in more detail

Exciting new automotive jobs in Coventry – Advertised in the Telegraph Online

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We are very pleased to be partnering with DENSO Sales UK to recruit Account Managers and Applications Engineers for their Coventry site.

DENSO is a leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for most of the world’s major automakers. Operating in 35 countries, employing approximately 123,000 employees, DENSO has a significant global presence.

DENSO Sales UK has seen rapid growth in the development and sales of DENSO products including thermal systems, powertrain control systems, electronic systems and electrical systems, to a wide range of manufacturers in the mass and luxury vehicle, off-highway and motorcycle sectors.

All employees work towards a common goal: developing innovative automotive systems. The key to this process is quality. To achieve this we believe that ongoing investment in both the quality of our products and our people is what ensures our position of leadership.

In the role of Sales Application Engineer and/or Account Manager you will take responsibility for commercial and / or technical liaison with the customer in relation to specific new and ongoing projects, based on particular product areas.

The main focus of the role is the management of the lifecycle of automotive manufacturing projects from business acquisition to phase out. You will handle issues relating to the commercial and / or technical aspects of customer projects, liaising with both our customers and DENSO internal departments, including DENSO Japan and manufacturing sites worldwide.

Key commercial aspects of the role will involve you in the development of product sales strategies, sales expansion activities and developing effective customer relationships.

Application engineering activities include, project planning, measurement/analysis of data, prototype management, design validation activities, vehicle installation checks, engineering sign-off and promotion of DENSO technologies.

The ideal candidate will preferably have a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering or similar qualifications/relevant experience and have a passion for technical products. Experience of working in the O.E. automotive sector (Tier 1 supply) in engineering or in a similar application engineering/technical sales role would be highly desirable. Past experience within automotive powertrain, thermal, HVAC, rotating electrics, or similar product areas are of particular interest, however a good depth of commercial or technical product management experience in a Tier 1 context with other products will also be considered. Strong communication and negotiation skills are essential.

There will be a requirement to travel in the UK on a frequent basis and occasionally to European and Global locations as business needs dictate.

For more information, please forward your CV to recruitment@cathyrich.co.uk, or call 0845 269 9085 for more information.

This link will take you to the Telegraph Online:  http://bit.ly/uwZfFL where you can also apply

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