Exercise E-mail and Phone Etiquette During the Job Hunt

It’s one of the most important things to know about and to practice when on the job hunt- etiquette. Etiquette can go a long way and speak volumes about a person, especially to potential employers that don’t know you and can only form opinions about you and your work ethics by your etiquette. Not showing good etiquette may lead potential employers to feel like that is your work ethic and believe that is they way you will treat other co-workers and clients, so it is always a good idea to show proper etiquette. This includes from submitting an application and a resume to your actual interview and follow-up phone calls.

Whether you are submitting an application and your resume to a potential employer or expressing an interest in a position, when writing an email to a potential employer it must be formal. Use proper writing in your email and be sure to address the person you are writing to with, "Mr." or "Ms.", according to an article posted on JobWeb. Another important tidbit to keep in mind is your email address- a juvenile email address or one that does not include your name may seem silly to employers and give off the vibe that you are not serious. Consider creating a proper email address with your first and last name to use when corresponding while on your job hunt. In addition, be sure to read over your email before you send it to ensure there are no spelling mistakes, typos, and that you have addressed your email to the appropriate person.

Phone etiquette is equally important as email etiquette when it comes to practices while looking for a job. Speaking well on a phone call can leave a positive impression on someone who doesn’t know you yet. How you conduct your conversation- with the words you use, your speaking style, and your voice can tell potential employers something about you and may offer them an insight into your identity, according to an article posted on JobsCentral. While on the phone, it is always important to be professional, polite, and show interest, without being arrogant, rude, or impatient. Also, be prepared with a pen and paper to take notes so that you are not scrambling for a pen and having to ask the person to wait or repeat themselves numerous times.

Essentially, exercising etiquette will only help you in your job hunt. Even if you don’t get one job, continue to practice etiquette and it should help you along in your job search. Other examples of job etiquette include sending follow-up thank you emails or phone calls to interviewers for their time, learning about the company so that you can ask more questions during your interview, dressing professionally and being properly groomed and clean, and showing up on time for you interview.

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