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    Any advice on typing up the email, should I state "unpaid"?, what duration would they be willing to provide etc?

    Short email about you, what you do, what you're interested in and how long you can come for. Just say work experience.

    Generic but applicable:

    1. Apply to a name, not ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ or ‘To whom it may concern’. Ring the firm and ask who you should direct your application to. It gives your email a better chance of being reviewed.Your phone call could go something like this: ‘Hello I am looking to write to your firm to express an interest in working for you. Who would be the best person to apply to?’

    2. The opening and closing of your email are places where you shouldn’t lapse into informal email habits; treat it like a professional and formal letter. Ideally you would have the name of the recipient and make sure you get their title (and gender!) correct.Always start with ‘Dear…’At the end of your email thank them for considering your application, note any times when you won’t be contactable (eg if you’re going on holiday shortly) and say that you look forward to hearing from them.If you know their name, you should end with ‘Yours sincerely’. (If you don’t know their name, you should end with ‘Yours faithfully’.)

    3. Be very clear about what you want and how long for. Are you applying for work experience and for how long? Do you want to undertake some work shadowing (observing)? If you are willing to undertake some short-term unpaid experience in the property industry, then make this known to the firm. The first sentences of your email could run along the lines of:‘I am writing to express my interest in undertaking work experience with you – a week would be ideal. I am currently studying [X] and would like the opportunity to gain an insight into [eg residential property].’If you are looking for a job, it might be worth asking for work experience initially. They might be more willing to hire you when they’ve ‘tested you out’ first.

    4. Do your research on the company and make it clear why you’d find it valuable working for them in particular. The chance of getting a response from a generic application is very slim. At a minimum, research:the type of market the firm operates in: commercial, residential or rural?the type of services the firm offers, eg agency, valuation etcthe firm’s mission statement, values or business aims recent new stories about the firmr ecent or high-profile work it’s undertaken, eg a notable acquisition for a client company In your application, you need to use your research to back up your claims about how much you admire the firm, share its values and would learn from working there. This will show the recruiter that you are genuinely, specifically interested in them and that you would fit in well at the firm.

    5. Make it clear what you can offer them in terms of your skills, knowledge and general attitude. It is not enough to say that you are ‘enthusiastic, hard-working and have great time management skills’; you need to give evidence. Here are two examples of how you can do this:‘I’m confident that I’ll be able to build on my existing property experience when working for you. While completing a two-week placement at [name of firm], a property development consultancy, I worked alongside a surveyor and learned about the research and analysis that goes into deciding the best possible use of a site.’‘My part-time job as a customer checkout assistant meant that I have been able to develop my customer service skills, so I can effectively communicate with customers. It also shows my excellent time management skills, as I am able to balance my time between work and studying. I will be able to use these skills when working for you.’

    Taken from targetjobs.co.uk

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