Interviewing for a video editor position has been an eye opening experience. Looking at 20+ resumes in less than 24 hours from one job posting has given me real insight to a successful reply for an opportunity.
After an afternoon of interviewing editors for a "phase one" video, these are my observations for what a great reply looks like (perhaps for any opportunity).
1. Personalize the reply. Briefly make a case about why you want to work on the job, be in the show, or why this opportunity resonates with you.
2. Describe the job skills you have that fit the job.
3. Respond immediately. Don't wait. There may be so many other applicants for the opportunity that the requestor may stop looking.
4. If a phone number is included in the opportunity, phone immediately.
5. If the email is included, email immediately.
6. If the phone and email are included, do both. It shows you are really interested.
7. Include links to previous projects, artwork or other information that is relevant. An online presence including a web site is essential. Include multiple links if you want, but if you don't include this information right from the beginning your introduction seems incomplete.
8. Include your resume either in the email or as an attachment (even if they didn't ask for it).
9. Include your email address and phone number in the body or signature of the email. Yes, I know the email is at the top, but if a person is overwhelmed by the responses, it is very hard to keep track of everything. By including your email and phone number, it will be easy to contact you during the decision making process.
P.S. This is a super amazing antique pencil I found. The top has an enamel clip that says," Use the Atherton Coaster Brake for Bicycles." Pencils have a lot to say.