Written by Sophie Down | October 8, 2014
An effective way of boosting your job search is adhering to the right etiquette, this can be the difference between your application being reviewed or immediately dismissed. The following five rules are fundamental for any application, and are not to be missed when searching for your next opportunity.
1. The Art of Communication
First impressions can mean a lot, and hiring managers can be put off pretty quickly by a badly spelt email and CV. If you are writing a letter, an email, or putting together an application, ensure a professional layout and a thorough spell and grammar check.
Be thankful and appreciative of the employer’s time, and remember that a thank you can go a long way. Personalise these and try to steer clear of a generic ‘Dear Sirs’ message; find out the names of those hiring and put together a formal thank you email or letter.
3. Politeness and Positivity
Always be upbeat, if you’re having a down day don’t take this out on the recruiter or employer you may be in contact with. Stay punctual by being on time, and respond promptly to contact to keep yourself in the loop with the hiring manager, and your application status.
4. Body Language
Body language and facial expressions can provide an important part of your communication during an interview with the hiring manager, including your eye contact, tone of voice and posture. Your appearance must also match up to this professional image.
Etiquette does not end at the interview, or the job application. Be consistent from the initial email, to the final contact leaving a great impression before the final decision is made. It is also essential to be enthusiastic without going overboard, to show your interest but avoid bombarding the recruiter with emails about how much you want the job.
Remember that whoever you speak to during your job search can affect the next steps in your career development. Impression is key, hence it is important to consider the way you communicate and act throughout the job application stages. Think about the skills and personality portrayed during this period, and whether these will be something employers want to work within their organisation.
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