Set up a free email
Many employers expect you to email them when applying for a job. You'll also need an email account to use our online services.
Many employers now conduct most of their recruitment communication using email.
They expect CVs and covering letters emailed to them and usually reply using email as well.
If you don't have an email account, or want to set up a specific email account for your job search you can set up free email account. There are many organisations that provide free email, but the top three providers are:
- Google Gmail - requires a mobile/phone number to sign up
- Yahoo mail
- Microsoft Hotmail - requires an alternative email address or a mobile/phone number to sign up
When you create your account make sure the address you select for yourself is professional – eg firstname.lastname@example.org
Employers can get so many applications that they can filter out candidates for minor reasons, so a non-professional email address could exclude you from consideration.
A lot of job sites offer to email job vacancies straight to your inbox, keeping you up-to-date with all the latest opportunities. Make sure you sign up for these.