Loyal readers have heard me say this before – you simply cannot underestimate the power of perception in your online activities! Online, those you e-mail do not have eye contact, your firm handshake, your body language to decide your sincerity and professionalism.
They only have how you communicate, the words you use or how you approach them to decide if you are someone they want to communicate with – or possibly hire. With the economy a bit sluggish and many seeking new opportunities, here are a couple of considerations for your online employment communications.
I’m posting this reminder for those seeking employment here @NetManners and I did a similar post on my Business E-mail Etiquette Site due to the increased number of e-mails I receive at my WordPress Consulting firm from those inquiring about possible opportunities. Most of which have been surprisingly informal and unprofessional in approach.
Every key you hit in a business e-mail will give to, or take away from, a positive perception. How you approach prospective employers online can go a long way to getting that all important follow-up.
If you are going to use technology to job hunt, you have to make sure you show the skill set to do so impressively or you could end up be excluded right out of the gate.
- Take the time to check the prospective employer’s requirements on submitting your r’sum? or CV for consideration. Not doing will show a lack of attention to detail, not to mention the inability to follow instructions.
- Never send unsolicited email resumes! Most sites will offer an available opportunities area on their site and if they don’t pick up the phone and find out — before you send without notice.
As a pretty visible WordPress consultant, I receive on average 3-5 unasked for generically addressed resumes through my site each day. What type of impression do you think that makes? A courtesy email addressing me by name, asking if there are any opportunities and requesting permission to send your r’sum? first is highly recommended in lieu of blindly sending it along. That’s called making a good first impression.
- Send your r’sum? to the specified address given or provided on an employer’s site for resume submissions. Do not send to any email address you find or worse yet send multiple copies to multiple addresses. Take the time to check the employer’s site to find the proper address to use. If you are not sure — ask first!
- Send your r’sum? in plain text, .rtf format (Rich Text Format) or PDF format to make sure cross-platform viability. By doing so your information will display as you intended regardless of the word processing software used by the employer or recruiter. Keep your r’sum? limited to a brief cover letter stating your interest in that specific opportunity and r’sum? of no more than two pages that highlight your experience and previous job experience. You can note you are happy to offer more information? upon request.
- Refrain from formatting with colors or adding photos or graphics to spruce your r’sum? up.
- Do not use Return Receipt to track when/if your r’sum?. This is intrusive and will most likely be declined anyway.
- Have a friend or associate review your cover letter and r’sum? to catch any misspellings or grammatical mistakes that you may have missed. (You wouldn’t believe what I’ve seen on resumes sent to me!)
Just e-mailing your r’sum? willy-nilly certainly isn’t a professional or effective approach. By taking your time, using common sense and doing your due diligence you’ll rise above other applicants that disregard?paying attention to detail! Good Luck!