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 Don’t Do It!

By Joe Stein

 Don’t Do It!

 I recently spent considerable time with my professional recruiting hat on. Whenever that happens, it appears I always compile a list of things job seekers do that they really should stop. This time was no different as my pet peeve list grew even longer. So, without further delay, let’s examine my newest additions to the “don’t do it” list.
 
Don’t provide an e-mail address on your resume that has a spam blocker. The last thing a job seeker should do is make things difficult for a recruiter. A person should place their e-mail address on his or her resume because they are open to receiving messages using this medium. At least that should be the case. If, as a Job Seeker, you are concerned about spam or other unsolicited e-mail, then don’t place your e-mail on your resume. Although, I would suggest that doing that would be shortsighted as you should provide as many different communication options to the prospective employer as possible. Best of all, select an e-mail address that is dedicated to your job search. That way when your search is done, you can deactivate it and be done with any unwanted e-mail.
 
Staying on the theme of e-mail, a job seeker should watch the tag lines on their e-mails. By this, I mean that some e-mail providers place advertising for their site at the end of e-mails sent using their service. Sometimes these taglines are inappropriate for business correspondence covering such topics as “being a better heartthrob” or “meeting singles”. Use a service that does not use this type of footer lines. Send a sample e-mail to a friend prior to using any service for business correspondence to make sure it is appropriate.
 
This next one is also on e-mail which must be a sign of how prevalent this medium has become. I have seen a significant decrease of the really inappropriate e-mail addresses. It appears like Job Seekers have become a lot savvier on this particular topic. What I still see is what I will call “business immature” e-mail addresses: anything from a person having “Barbie” to using a cute nickname takeoff of their real first name. If you are seeking a professional level position, use a formal e-mail address.
 
I swear this is the last one on e-mail addresses! Don’t use your work e-mail address. I know you might be spending a lot of time at work and this is the most efficient way to stay on top of your messages, but it causes real issues. One reason is it sends the message that you are job searching on the job using work resources. It is also dangerous for you as e-mails can be tracked and monitored by your current company.
Here is a real, but funny one. If you are screening your calls, then don’t answer the phone (although this is very frustrating for a Recruiter trying to reach you). The worst thing you can do is answer the phone and (because you think the person is a telemarketer) pretend you are someone else. A good recruiter does not give too much information on the phone until they know they have the right person as a professional courtesy. On several occasions, I have had someone pretend they are the father or son and then miraculously the person I need has just walked through the door. Or, the instruction to the Recruiter is to call back at a set time and then when they do, the voice on the other end is the same exact one as before.
 
Finally, age up your phone skills. If you are job seeking expect that any call received on both your land line or cellular phone might be a Recruiter. Drop the “yo’s”, the “what’s up”, or the “yeah” when answering the phone until the job search is over.
 
Recruiters understand that in today’s technological world they will have to deal with Job Seekers using their cellular phones. It provides an added convenience and flexibility for both parties during the process. However, the phone quality at times can be questionable. Try to always place yourself in a good zone for your mobile phone service when phone screening. Also, take it off speaker phone as this provides a distant connection with a distracting echo for the Recruiter - especially if they are using a headset as part of their job.
 
When a Job Seeker is in their search mode, every one of their actions associated with the process must be evaluated. In this era of declining etiquette, a savvy Job Seeker who emphasizes the finer aspects of decorum can really give themselves a competitive advantage.
 
 
 
As always, best of luck in your job search.
 
The following has been prepared for the general information of WNY Jobs readers. It is not meant to provide advice with respect to any specific legal or policy matter and should not be acted upon without verification by the reader.
 
Joe Stein
WNY Human Resources Professional
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