5 Ways (NOT) To Apply For A Customer Service Job
Have you ever posted or applied for a job on Craigslist? It has actually turned out to be a fantastic place to find AWESOME customer service professionals. The only problem is that along with some great candidates comes a lot of crap to sift through. Pardon my French but I’m hard-pressed to find a more appropriate word.
What so many applicants don’t realize is that their interview for the position begins the moment they press send on the email. Some REALLY don’t realize that. If you are applying for a job that requires you to email a resume, here are five ways to put your best foot forward.
1. Follow the instructions- It is important to follow the instructions in the job posting. It shows that you have the ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions–all critical customer service (and life) skills. I have received a few emails asking “How do I apply?” when it clearly says to email your resume and gives the email address to send to.
2. Your email is your cover letter- A huge percentage of the emails I receive have one of the following:
- A very poorly written email
- The contents of the resume pasted into the email with no introductory text
- An attached resume with nothing written in the email
This is your opportunity to write a professional and friendly email that connects with the person doing the hiring. Always include a proper greeting, signature and a well-written message that shares why you are ideal for the position. I’m not looking for pages of proof–just one or two paragraphs.
3. Proofread your message- Always proofread your work. Even the best writers have a second pair of eyes review their writing. If the message is time sensitive with no one available to read your work, read it out loud. Your ears have a way of finding typos that your brain might gloss over.
4. Follow the instructions part two- When the post asks you to email your resume, don’t dig up our phone number and start harassing our customer service team. True story! Yesterday a guy called our customer service line three times and sales once to demand an interview. A well-placed call to confirm that we received the resume is within reason. Harassing your future coworkers is never a good plan–especially at a company that asks them for their input in the hiring process!
5. No pictures, please- I’m sure you look really amazing in that Hollister jacket but you can go ahead and leave that picture on Facebook. I really just want to see what qualifies you to be a part of our awesome customer service team.
Thank you for hearing me out. After reviewing hundreds of these emails in recent days, I needed to share these pet peeves. Now back to the task of hiring AWESOME customer service representatives at Phone.com!