Job Seek­ing ‘Ne­ti­quette’

NOW Magazine - Career Companion - - FRONT PAGE - List pro­vided cour­tesy of Hca­reers Hos­pi­tal­ity jobs and job seek­ers www.hca­reers.ca

10. PRAC­TICE SAFE EMAIL­ING > Up­date your virus pro­tec­tion soft­ware. You don’t want to send an em­ployer a virus.

9. SEND REF­ER­ENCES LATER > One at­tach­ment is enough. Your ref­er­ences will be looked at if you get past the in­ter­view stage.

8. DON'T SHOUT > When post­ing your re­sume or re­spond­ing to a job post­ing, use the up­per & lower case let­ters. Do not use ALL CAPS! No one likes be­ing shouted at.

7. SEND A COVER LET­TER > Yes, em­ploy­ers do read them. Just keep them short, and spe­cific to the em­ployer and their post­ing.

6. ONE AP­PLI­CA­TION IS FINE > Don't keep send­ing your re­sume. Re­mem­ber it is way too easy to use the delete but­ton. Re­send­ing it af­ter 90 days is fine.

5. FOL­LOW IN­STRUC­TIONS > Re­spond in the man­ner in which the em­ployer re­quests. Em­ploy­ers think, “If they can't fol­low in­struc­tions now, then when will they?"

4. USE WORD or PDF > if e-mail­ing your re­sume. Why is this so high in the rank­ings? Imag­ine your chances if the em­ployer can't open your re­sume.

3. DON'T FOR­GET WHERE YOU WORK > Em­ploy­ment de­tails are the most im­por­tant thing on your re­sume.

2. STAND OUT, BUT MIND YOUR MAN­NERS > Be clever, but re­mem­ber that most em­ploy­ers re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate cor­rect spell­ing, gram­mar, man­ners and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Your email should not be ladykiller@hot­mail.com.

1. AL­WAYS SEND A THANK YOU NOTE > Most em­ploy­ers say a post-in­ter­view note is valu­able to can­di­dacy. Maybe even con­sider a thank you note for re­ceiv­ing a re­jec­tion let­ter. You never know....

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