11 Steps Job Seekers Should Take Before Applying for a Job

“If you have a direct contact at the company, or are applying via email, don’t assume the person on the other end knows why you are emailing them. Make sure your email subject line includes the title of the job posting or a reference number that clearly shows you are applying for the job, says Sheila Musgrove, CEO and Founder of TAG Recruitment Group and Author of Hired! How To Get The Zippy Gig. Insider Secrets From A Top Recruiter.

A subject line like this would be appropriate: “Job application – Job #12345: Sales Manager at XYZ Company.” Without a subject line, “I have no idea what role you might be applying for and further, I have no idea if you can even construct a sentence,” says Musgrove. “Applying via email should be treated as a formal piece of business communication.”