There was a time about 4-5 years ago when it was a job-hunter’s paradise. The economy was booming and there were jobs galore.
Before applying for jobs take a critical look at your electronic presence.
Your cute email address might be okay for your friends and family, but what kind of image does it communicate to recruiters?
The best advice is to create an email account as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org . It’s straightforward and has no potential to be offensive or send any message.
What does your voicemail message convey about you? Hopefully that you are professional. Don’t drive prospective employers to hang-up with joke, or even worse, messages for callers.
Social Network Presence
Companies routinely “google” candidates. Are those photos from parties in college going to pop up? Remove all questionable photos from your profile. If they were posted by others, remove the tag.
Add security to your accounts so searches don’t return images. Also restrict people from seeing your page unless they are friends.
The usual rules regarding resumes and cover letter still apply even when being sent via email or online applications.
Have friends and family proof both for spelling and grammar accuracy. You want to make it past the initial screening.
In today’s market there is a lot of competition for fewer jobs. Don’t put yourself out of the running by making a bad electronic impression.
Have you experienced any of these job-hunting mistakes as an employer or job-hunter?
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