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When on the lookout for a job, use these technology etiquettes to
increase your chances of getting hired

Digital technology has proved to be a boon for professionals. Social
networking websites, emails and smart phones help in tracking job
openings. But think twice before picking up that BlackBerry and thumb-
typing a message to the hiring manager whose e-mail address you uncovered
online. Often, landing the right job hinges on old-world skills. Here are
some tips to avoid common mistakes made by tech-savvy job seekers.


AVOID E-MAIL BLASTS
Resist the temptation to respond to each online job listing in your
field; focus on those that fit the best. Use the Web to research
potential employers and get informed on key facts about that company
should you land an interview.


EMBRACE SNAIL MAIL
E-mails, with ‘hire me’ pitches and attached resumes are too easy for a
hiring manager to delete. With snail mail, you control the appearance of
your cover letter and CV.


GET PERSONAL
When e-mailing, make it personal. If you’re introducing yourself to a
hiring manager you’ve identified via a professional colleague, type that
colleague's name in the subject line. The manager is less likely to hit
delete.


AVOID FOLLOW-UP FOIBLES
If you land an interview, pay attention to the hiring manager’s
specifications on follow-up contacts. Don’t follow up with an e-mail sent
via a handheld gadget - there’s too great a chance you’ll thumb-type a
typo-ridden message. Don’t type without regard to grammar and
capitalisation or use smileys.


OBSERVE BOUNDARIES
Even if you manage to track down a hiring manager’s cell phone number,
don’t call it unless given permission.


STICK WITH LAND LINES
For phone contact with a prospective employer, use a land line. With cell
phones, there's too great a risk that you'll get a spotty connection,
lose it altogether, or end up with excessive background noise.


NETWORK THE SMART WAY
If you identify a professional you’d like to connect with on a networking
site, don’t merely send an electronic invitation without explaining the
reason.


MANAGE DIGITAL FOOTPRINT
Hiring managers can be expected to go beyond your resume and references,
and perform a background check online. So be judicious about what you
post on social networking sites. Likewise, think before posting political
opinions or personal information in blogs or other online forums.

Source : Mumbai Mirror

				
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