In this age of emailing, texting, and “twiteering,” it’s easy to forget that employers are still looking for candidates who know how to communicate in a professional, business-like manner. Their reasoning—if someone can’t communicate effectively in something that’s as important as a job search, how are they going to do on the job?
Thus, it’s extremely important that all of your job search correspondence be absolutely error-free. This includes your email messages (no texting shortcuts), as well as your resume, cover letters, etc. Just one small grammatical or spelling error will usually lead to rejection—before you even get a chance to sell yourself in person! And don’t rely on spell-check alone. It’s a good tool, but won’t pick up errors such as using “manger” instead of “manager” or “costumer” instead of “customer.” The key here is to PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD AND PROOFREAD again—and even having someone else review your communications wherever possible.
Also, make sure you are using a professional email address. Addresses like “sexycollegegirl” or “partyanimal” may be fine for your social contacts, but they won’t send the right message to a prospective employer. Instead, use one that includes some form of your name, but don’t use your work email. You don’t want employers to think you are using company resources for personal gain!
Voice mail messages can also lead to rejection. Make sure your message is professional and business-like. This isn’t the time for those “cute” messages that may be fun for your friends and family. Employers won’t find them amusing at all—and will likely lead them to cross your name off their candidate list without leaving a message!
Finally, check your social networking sites to make sure there aren’t any stories, pictures or other information that could be viewed negatively by employers. An increasing number of employers are searching these sites or “googling” candidates to help them make their hiring decisions. As noted by many career experts—if you don’t want your parents or grandparents to see your site, DON’T put information out there for others to view! Fair?—maybe not, but when you put something out there on the Internet, it is available for anyone to see.