I’ve recruited at nearly every job I’ve had. More so in the last couple of years and, recently, more so on the intern and entry-level area, so I’ve seen tons of young peoples’ enquire emails, cover letters, and resumes. I typically got at least 3-4 funny, frankly embarrassing, contacts a week. Dear Abby recently published these helpful hints for recently-graduated job seekers (that were submitted by a reader), but I think they are a good read for anyone who has any type of online presence:
“1. Present yourself appropriately. Every contact with a prospective employer is a mini-interview. I have received many inappropriate e-mails. Example: “Hey, when would this gig start?” Please remember to use a salutation and communicate politely and clearly.
2. Check the Internet. Many companies post a great deal of information about job openings on their Web sites. Read the site carefully before calling so I won’t waste time answering questions you could have answered on your own.
3. Communicate like an adult. Shortcuts may be cute when text-messaging your friends, but in business they are annoying and unprofessional. Avoid messages such as “Thnx 4 ur help. Talk 2 u later!”
4. Present clean copy. Because I must read your resume and application, please proofread it for spelling, grammar and typos.
5. Update your e-mail address. Many Internet sites offer free e-mail. Set up an account using your name or initial so I don’t have to e-mail “hotchick99” with an offer to teach young children.
6. Avoid distractions. If you have a phone interview, please find a quiet place from which to place the call. It is difficult to understand you above your roommate who is cursing over a video game.
7. Bite your tongue. Never, ever tell a prospective employer you are waiting to hear about a job you want more, that pays more or gives you more “fun” time. Simply say you are “exploring all your options,” and I will understand.”
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