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I find this a highly helpful article with great information and thoughts to ponder. I have also found value in many of the comments. I did have something to add. Knowing how to conduct the perfect interview is great, but if we are not dressed correctly, it could all matter nought. When you get that call for an interview, one of the questions you should ask other than where and what time is what is appropriate dress for this position? (I also ask where there is parking available for interviewees as getting there on time can often be sabatoged by no parking). You want to arrive fresh, calm, and ready to interview as well as be interviewed; not frazzled from driving around frantically searching for parking, and then having to walk several blocks, uphill, in heels!
1 year, 6 months ago on 11 questions you should ask employers before accepting a job
While I agree that many business people use their smartphones to get more business done, ie: multitask, and I agree that many people receiving such phone-sent messages do not immediately conclude that the sender is out of the office, I do believe that we need not overlook correct spelling and grammar. I also think that the person receiving a timely phone-emailed message while the sender is on his way to a meeting in a cab, at lunch, or even on their way home might show their dedication to providing timely responses to queries and to show a client that they are indeed important to the message-sender.
I do not think a "disclaimer" such as a rather cutesy end-message, is really a good idea, because it says, "hey, if I messed up any spelling or grammar or punctuation just overlook it all because, hey, I'm using my phone to message you and I haven't taken the time to really learn how to do it correctly on my phone yet, so you should cut me some slack on my lack of business acumen". I think it would be a better move to leave that OFF and just take the extra 3 seconds to proof-read your messages before sending.
A well-worded, correctly spelled and punctuated email, regardless of sending source, says a LOT about a person, just as excuses for sloppiness in these areas ALSO says a lot about a person.
Food for thought!~
1 year, 6 months ago on 7 tips for improving email etiquette
I really like your general rules of thumb and although I've never really put them into words like you just did, I do tend to follow them unless the ONLY way to communicate with someone IS through the written word. THANK YOU!~
Well, wujek, there are some jobs out there, just not enough jobs out there. That is one reason it is important to put your best "all" forward. I, too, am looking for work and have been since I completed my paralegal degree mid-August 2011. I've found that paralegal postions require 2-5 years experience IN THAT FIELD OF LAW in order to be considered. Now I am seeking any office-type position and volunteering as a paralegal for the King County Bar Association in order to gain experience. Wujek, you ask, "who cares" and I reply, "I care, and if you want a job you should care, too!" I admit you are right, though, if you don't care, there IS NO job out there for you. You have to care to have a shot at any job.I wish you luck and good fortune in finding a job, and I wish it for myself also!