It’s an email world

In today’s technology-driven world more employers are using on-line systems to manage the hiring process. This places pressure on job-seekers to demonstrate mastery of technology in all of their interactions with hiring managers.

Employers are constantly making assumptions as they wade through applications. A poorly constructed email message can send the same message to an employer as the dog-eared, mustard-stained resume of yore. 

Guy Kawasaki maintains an interesting blog that has a post regarding the proper use of email that should be essential reading, whether you are looking for a job or not.

Out of the loop ?

It is fairly common that people will be out of the workforce for extended periods of time. Illness, family responsibilities and other reasons can result in extended absences from the world of work. People in this situation are often concerned about the “gap” in their resume once they decide to seek employment.

While this is not an insurmountable problem this article from the Wall Street Journal does point out that there are still many employers who get concerned when they see a resume that features a lengthy gap between jobs.

As the article points out there are several strategies that can be used to overcome this problem.

Take refresher classes. This will help you to get up to speed on the latest news, regulations and technological developments in your industry.
Build a new resume. Make sure it includes skills used and acquired during leave from work force. If you’ve managed people for projects or volunteer work or done tasks with tangible results, list those on your resume.
Anticipate potential employer’s concerns. Make sure you address any worries about a skills lag or your time away in your cover letter and then address these issues more in-depth in the interview.

 See the article for the rest of the tips.

The “stickyness” of email addresses

email.gifRemember when we had to choose our email address many years ago ? Few people might have been aware that our email address would “stick” to us like glue as we moved through our careers.

An address that might have made sense to us as a teenager or young adult may now send the wrong message to employers as we carry out our job search. Addresses that are overly descriptive, informal or just plain odd may confuse an employer or send the wrong message. An article in today’s Times-Colonist gives a few examples of addresses that could be viewed as being unprofessional.

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