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7 Secrets to Making Recruiters Find You

Get on the radar

The best recruiters out there pride themselves on being able to find you, not the other way around. So what if they haven’t called yet? Instead of calling them and coming across as desperate, do your best to get on their radar by following these 7 tips.

1. Get Active on LinkedIn
Here’s a surprise: recruiters use LinkedIn more than emails. In fact they probably click on the LinkedIn site about a hundred times per day minimum. So just by being on LinkedIn you’ll be able to be found by recruiters. Make sure you use the right keywords on your profile, get active in Groups and Events and you’ll be targeted very quickly.

2. Get Active on Twitter
Recruiters love Twitter as they can spray out their new roles to the market. Finding job opportunities on Twitter is very swift and takes very little effort. Follow the recruiters you know have the positions you want, by searching for your skill + recruiter + your location. Start adding value to them by doing some retweeting of their tweets, help them out with potential referrals etc. Before you know it, they will check out your online bio and see if you are keen on a new position as well. This requires you to have an employee friendly Twitter profile, clearly stating what you do and a link to your online bio somewhere.

3. Write and get read
Everyone likes to write but very few get round to it and publish anything. With the advances of technology, it’s never been easier to reach out so embrace this to the fullest. You can write an article in your favorite industry periodical, a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, a post on your company blog or your own blog. The key here is to write something that will get read by the right people (in this case recruiters). Ensure that you are credited with your name, title and company at the end of your piece to make it easy for the recruiter to look you up.

4. Speak and get heard
Next time you go to an industry event, try to secure a speaking slot either as giving a speech or just participating in an open forum, whatever it takes to get listed in the event’s directory. Recruiters are known to sneak in to these functions and to make contact with prolific people in the industry; public speaking is a brilliant way of being included on the hit list.

5. Get Referred
Being referred by an authority in your industry is a great endorsement for you. Even if you are not exactly what the recruiter is looking for, they will be interested in you have come recommended by somebody they respect. It’s easier than you think to get referred as recruiters pester their candidates asking for referrals all the time. If you make it known to the right people that you are looking around, they will be very happy to tell the recruiter as it gives them future kudos. To make yourself seem more sought after, pretend that the referral was made without your knowledge and you “weren’t actively looking for job, but will listen to what they have to offer”.

6. Online Resume
This is an optional one and not exactly a secret. Some would say don’t list yourself or upload your resume with online job sites like Monster, as you may come across as desperate. Other will say it’s the quickest way to get found. If you do it, be prepared to be bombarded with calls and emails from myriads of recruiters scouring online resources every day. To avoid irrelevant job offers, a good tip is to get the right keywords in your resume as it will be indexed and searched. And do activate the anonymous name and contact details setting allowing you to respond only to the relevant enquires.

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Why You Should Think in Reverse to Find a New Job

Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing

Sometimes you can achieve a breakthrough by thinking in the opposite direction. Take 7-Up, for example. It became hugely popular in the ‘60s by branding itself as the Uncola. 7-Up went in the reverse direction from other soft drink companies, who were competing with Coke and Pepsi in the cola market.

Or how about the Volkswagen Beetle? Back when Detroit was pumping out big, fast, hot muscle cars, VW was selling the small, slow, ugly Beetle. They went in reverse — and found huge commercial success.

Success in your job search might be right around the corner, if you’re willing to do the opposite of what the hordes of other job seekers are doing. Here are two examples of “reverse thinking” that could help you find a job faster …

1) The Reverse Personal Commercial
You may have heard that you need to develop a “personal commercial” about yourself when networking — a sort of 30-second advertisement, like: “I’m a sales manager with 11 years’ experience, who’s looking for a job at a Fortune 500 company.”

The trouble is, if every other job seeker has a commercial like this, you may find it hard to stand out when networking or attending a job fair, for example.

Well, here’s a new take on that idea, adapted from “The Little Black Book of Connections,” by Jeffrey Gitomer.

It’s called the “Reverse Personal Commercial,” strategy. And if you follow it, you can engage more people while networking. All you have to do is ask questions, instead of spitting out a canned “commercial” from memory.

The questions that make up your Reverse Personal Commercial might go like this: “Hi, my name’s Fred. Say, how many (insert your field here) companies in Minnesota do you know that are growing? What companies do you know that need to improve their (insert your expertise here)? Who do you know that I should be talking to?”

Now. Why do questions work? They’re hard to ignore — they force listeners to pay attention. Plus, questions let you gather valuable data, so you can quickly tell whether or not you’re talking to someone who can give you a job lead.

So, I have two questions for you:

•What questions could you ask about your industry and your expertise that would engage listeners?
•Whom could you meet and try your Reverse Personal Commercial on today?
2) Reverse Engineer the Job Posting
Reverse engineering is taking an object apart to see how it works, in order to duplicate or enhance that object.  When you reverse engineer a job posting online or in the newspaper, you can see how the mind of an employer works, which will enhance your job search!

According to career expert Carole Martin, hiring managers put a lot of time and effort into writing job postings that list the qualities and skills of their ideal candidates.

In other words, the typical job posting is a wish list. If you can match its language in your resumes and cover letters, you’re much more likely to get called for an interview.

Here is an example, provided by Martin, of desired traits found in six job postings for the position of Executive Secretary:

“Confidential” (used in all six postings)
“Ability to proofread and edit” (used in all six)
“Organized, attentive to detail” (used in all six)
“Excellent written and verbal communication skills” (used in four of six postings)

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How Saying Thanks Can Get You a New Job

Harness the power of saying thanks

“When you thank someone, like a friend who gave you a job lead or a hiring manager after an interview, for example, you help satisfy that person’s need to be appreciated. Not only is it an ego boost for them, it can propel you faster toward employment.”

You may have heard it said that the most beautiful one word in any language is your Name.

And the most beautiful two words? They might be Thank You.

Because, as the American psychologist and philosopher William James once said: “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

When you thank someone, like a friend who gave you a job lead or a hiring manager after an interview, for example, you help satisfy that person’s need to be appreciated. Not only is it an ego boost for them, it can propel you faster toward employment, too.

And it all begins with two words: Thank you.

Here are four ways to harness the power of “Thank you” to shorten your job search.

1) Thank More People
Of course you know to mail a thank-you note to hiring managers after every job interview. But that’s the bare minimum. You can spread more goodwill — and start more positive conversations about you — by writing and saying, “Thank you,” to every person you met while visiting a potential employer, including the receptionist.

If you can’t get business cards from every one, at least get their name. Then, call the receptionist when you get home (or from your cell phone in the parking lot!) and ask for help in spelling names. You’ll avoid mistakes while generating a terrific post-interview impression by making that phone call.

But don’t limit your thank-you notes to just after interviews. Mail them to anyone who does you a good turn during your job search: friends, relatives, neighbors, past co-workers, et al. If you mail at least one thank-you note per day, you’re on the right track.

In his excellent book, You, Inc., Harry Beckwith writes: “Handwritten thank-you notes feel like gifts because you took the time to find the paper and envelope, write the note, affix the stamp, and gift-wrap your note in its package.”

Why not mail more thank-you “gifts” to those who assist your job search? You’ll surely get even more help in return.

2) Email? No Thanks
A brief word about sending thank-you notes by email — don’t.

A thank-you email has about as much emotional staying power as an emailed Christmas card or birthday greeting — you read it, you delete it, you forget it. All in less than 30 seconds.

Instead of taking time to send your best regards when you mail a short note, you’re copping out and saying, “You’re not important to me,” when you email.

Solution? Write and mail your thank-you letters on real paper using real stamps. Really.

3) Say the Right Thing
So that you have no excuses, here’s exactly what to say in your next thank-you note, written in your best printing or handwriting:

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank you very much for taking the time to meet with me this morning.

I want you to know that I am extremely interested in the position of INSERT JOB TITLE we discussed. Based on the needs for INSERT BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION you outlined in our talk, I am sure that my skills in INSERT 2-3 SKILLS can help you in this area.

In any event, I want to thank you for your time and consideration. It was a pleasure to meet you and INSERT ALL OTHER NAMES.

Sincerely,

Your First and Last Name

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Job Interview Etiquette: Mind Your Ps and Qs

Manners matter

Manners are not only important at the dinner table (use your napkin, please), on the telephone (listen as well as speak), in a theater (refrain from talking during the performance), but also during a job interview. Yet many job seekers forget the importance of being polite. They jingle the change in their pocket, click their tongue, stare at the wall or at their lap, or cut in when the hiring manager is speaking.

Nerves can throw you off. Your heart races, your palms perspire, your mouth goes dry. You may even forget what you want to say. But none of these experiences are reasons to forget your manners. To give yourself the ‘edge’ when it comes to sitting across from a potential employer, review the following polite practices and then go over them with a spouse or friend before the in-person meeting.

Arrive ahead of time.
It may be fashionable to come late to a cocktail party but it’s bad manners to walk into an interview after the agreed-upon time. Always arrive at least ten minutes early so you can freshen up, catch your breath, sit quietly in the lobby reviewing your notes.

Maintain good eye contact.
You probably know what it’s like to speak with someone who is shifty-eyed. You might wonder what he has up his sleeve or what she is hiding. Looking a man or woman in the eye when speaking is not only polite, it’s good business practice. It assures the other person of your sincerity and genuine interest. And it will remind him or her to return the eye contact.

Listen well.
Focus your mind and take in what the interviewer is saying. If you miss a detail or don’t understand what is said, ask politely for it to be repeated. It may help to have a small notepad and pen in your hand. Jot down items that are of importance to you. You might even tell the interviewer ahead of time that you’ll be taking notes because you don’t want to miss anything. That too, is a sign of good manners. You’re letting the other person know that you’re serious about the job in question.

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How to Prepare for Your Interview with Body, Heart and Mind

To fail to plan is to plan to fail

‘To fail to plan is to plan to fail’, one of my favourite quotes and no where more true in the area of interviews.

But what should you be preparing? Mind, body and heart!

Prepare with your mind
You need to do a lot of research and thinking before any interview. You need to engage with the future employer and with the role. You need to work out what it is that you are expected to do to add value. What would you need to do in that job to make you ‘a stand out employee’?

Job descriptions can be rather broad and general so you need to try to work out from reading as much as you can about the job, about the firm and about the sector, what is the difference between a firm that is good at what it does and one that is excellent and how could you contribute to that excellence?

You need to be able to answer that question, how can I add, in this role , make a difference. If there was an advert you might find some clues in the wording of the advert. Adverts are written by people who are doing recruitment for people looking for jobs. Job descriptions are written for a whole host of reasons and often by HR people to make sure that they know what the job is worth.

You need to find other people who have done this job or a similar job. To find someone who has worked in the organisation or in that sector.  In the world of social media it is easy to track down people that you may know a little, it is much harder to get them to respond to your requests for a chat or to be joined to another of their friends. So you will need to be persuasive with your approach.

You need to think about the things that the interviewer is going to want to hear about.  You will need to talk about your experience and therefore you will need to choose which experiences to describe. Choose recent and relevant examples. Choose examples of doing those things that they will want to see you doing in the new job. Make sure your examples are recent and relevant (I know I’ve said that twice) and make sure you can tell these stories well.

You need to make sure that you have thought of all the really obvious questions and have got all your answers prepared. Rehearse so that you can sound confident and know what you are talking about.

Prepare your body
Obviously you’d expect me to talk about having a good nights sleep. You need to be alert and awake. But there are more physical preparations that you need to make.

You need to work out what to wear, make sure it is clean and make sure that it is ironed and looks smart. And you need to do all that the day before. You need to make sure you have smart shoes and that you look like someone who works in that business. Yes there are organisations that don’t wear suits and ties but if you have been down to the offices on your trail run of the journey, you will be able to see what the work dress code is. Unless you are very clear that it would be a mistake, wear formal business wear (suit, dress, skirt, etc) take off jewellery (except small pieces on women) remove piercings, cover up both cleavage and tattoos.  Get a hair cut.

Rehearse getting ready, don’t be standing in front of the mirror wondering what to wear when you should be at the bus stop.

Prepare your heart
The heart is said to be the seat of your emotions and they need some preparation.

You need to really enthuse yourself about this role. OK it may not be your dream job, it may just be a job but the future employer wants to know that you are really keen to get the job. Psych yourself up by thinking of all the advantages of having and doing this job. Enthusiasm will take you a long way.

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10 Killer Interview Tactics You Ought to Know

Job interviews can be a mystery. But you can find success if you follow the right job interview strategies. 

Job interviews can be a mystery. But you can find success if you follow the right job interview strategies. The following 10 tips are the best job interview strategies to follow if you want to ace your next interview.

1. Study the company
One of the best job interview strategies that most candidates ignore is to study the current events of the company. Knowing what the current events of the company is important so that you can ask pertinent questions. Doing so will show the interviewer that you have done your homework, and also have a genuine interest in the company. This strategy will definitely help your job interview.

2. Know your resume
As a candidate, you should be very familiar with your resume. In any job interview, anything on your resume is at the interviewer’s disposal. Implementing this job interview strategy will help build credibility with your interviewer. It is your responsibility to convince the interviewer that you can come in and do the job. Speaking intelligently about each of your previous positions will help do this, and is one of the best job interview strategies to follow.

3. Prepare an interview emergency kit
Many candidates don’t properly prepare for a job interview. Getting together a “job interview kit” is a great job interview strategy to follow. Suggested items for the kit include extra copies of your resume, directions to the office, a bottle of water, eye drops, pens, and notepad. But you should only bring the extra copies of your resume into the office with you, preferably in a portfolio.

4. Study the job description
After landing an interview, you need to study the job description to truly understand what the interviewer is looking for. If the description calls for attentiveness to detail, you will want to tailor the discussion accordingly. Knowing this, you can navigate the interview and discuss examples from previous jobs that will exemplify this trait. Do this for all significant traits or qualities that you identify in the job description. This is one of the best job interview strategies I have used, and know that it can bring you success.

5. Build rapport
You know the saying, “There’s never a second chance to make a first impression?” That holds very true in the case of job interviews. That is why building rapport is such an important job interview strategy. Shake hands, make eye contact, and smile. Put those three together when you first meet your interviewer and it will set a positive tone for the rest of the interview.

6. Make eye contact
Making positive eye contact is one of the best job interview strategies to follow. Eye contact is one of the strongest forms of nonverbal communication. A person’s qualities and personality can be detected simply based on eye contact. Making direct eye contact communicates confidence and high self-esteem, two key qualities employers look for in candidates.

Thus, it is very important that you make eye contact when you first meet interviewer and shake hands. And during the interview, it is important to make eye contact, not only when you talk, but also as you listen. Simply doing this job interview strategy will greatly help your chances of success in an interview.

7. Body language
Just as eye contact speaks volumes about you, so does your body language. Proper body language conveys confidence and high self-esteem. During the interview, things like sitting up straight with your chest out and keeping a pleasant demeanor on your face will project confidence. The interviewer will be aware of this, and it will help you stand out in his/her mind.

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Who to Ask for a Reference

Who to Ask for a Reference for Employment

When an employer checks references, the first place they are going to check with is your previous employer. However, not all companies provide references for employees. In fact, some companies may only confirm that you worked at the company and confirm your dates of employment.

Who to Ask for a Reference

That’s why it’s important to have a list of professional references, in addition to employment references, that you can provide to employers. Who should you ask to provide references? Supervisors and colleagues (if company policy permits) may be able to provide a reference for you.

Business contacts, customers, clients, vendors, and other individuals you have a professional relationship with can be used as references.

Professional vs. Personal References

In addition to professional references, personal references, also known as character references, can be used for employment purposes.

Neighbors and family friends may be willing to write a reference for you. Teachers, professors, academic advisors, volunteer leaders, coaches, can all provide personal references.

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5 Ways To Make Your Life Something To Look Forward To Again

You can be excited almost every day of your life

It seems that the older we get, the less we have to look forward to. Speaking literally, we actually do have less to look forward to because we have less of a life left to live, but that isn’t the sense in which people find things to look forward to with difficulty.
It’s not that the older we get the more we realize that the sum of the enjoyment we will experience in our lives literally decreases with each second. It’s more the fact that the more we experience, the less novelty we believe there is to experience, and therefore, find it difficult to become excited, spiritually aroused.
That’s what it all boils down to: excitement. The beauty is that if done right, you can be excited almost every day of your life — without the addition of any consumable substance. There is more than enough in the world to try for the first time, but simply trying new things all the time can get boring in itself. Here are a few tips to get you looking forward to life again:
Start by tweaking your habits.
There’s a science behind increasing the chances of arousing excitement within yourself. It all starts with what you do on a daily basis. We often fall into daily and weekly rituals that quickly become habits. Habits for the necessities in life are great. Sleep regularly. Eat regularly. Exercise both physically and mentally regularly. And that’s about it.
Everything else we insert into our lives to, supposedly, increases our enjoyment in life. However, people have a nasty tendency of not being very picky with what they let into their life – especially when it comes to activities. They figure they should try everything once, which I can understand. However, people often do things for the sake of doing things. Those things usually either have a negative impact on the individual or have no impact other than the loss of missing out on something that would have been more beneficial.

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Overall, do less.
We feel that we constantly need to be doing something, moving. But the fact is, we are always doing something as it is. We don’t need to push ourselves to constantly be doing more things because more isn’t better. More of what we do most and of what benefits us most is one thing, but more overall isn’t. With more you get clutter and clutter makes it difficult to enjoy anything at all.
Our minds will be too busy thinking ahead, moving on to the next task without enjoying the moment we’re living in. Our minds need time to reflect on what is happening and on what just happened. Without reflection, we lose joy and excitement. We enjoy most things after the fact. Don’t take time to enjoy them after the fact and you won’t be as excited for them the next time around. You’re excited for the joy and happiness you experience, not the actual activity.

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Customize your friendships.
Some friends are great. Others are awful. Others still are great, but only in certain doses. There is no shame in cutting ties and/or starting new ones. The life you are living is yours and yours alone; if you don’t design it the way you want it to be designed, no one will. Your friends affect you more than almost anything else in life.
You likely spend a good amount of time with them, and even if you don’t, it’s the human interactions we experience in our lives that have the greatest effect on us. Surrounding yourself with not only good people, but fun, excited individuals will help you feel excited about life, as well.
The outlook of our friends’ often ends up being our own outlook on life. Get rid of those friends who aren’t worth the time and focus on spending your life with people who actually make your life more enjoyable.

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Learn to despise your comfort zone.
Comfort zones are sneaky. When you’re in yours, you feel great — so great that you don’t ever want to leave. Unfortunately, we have evolved to also dislike processing the same information over and over again. We need to feel as if we are learning and experiencing new things regularly – that’s what makes us feel that we’re living.
This creates an inner struggle: We don’t want to try new things because new things come with uncertainty. Uncertainty can be dangerous. But certainty is boring. What to do, what to do… Force yourself out of your comfort zone. Once you are out and about, you’ll come to realize that there is very little if any danger and that your fear was for nothing.
We’re all afraid to leave our comfort zones, but you know what? Leaving your comfort zone is exciting like nothing else on the planet. The unknown is exciting. The known is predictable.
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Getting A ‘Good’ Job Doesn’t Just Result From Having Good Luck

Your mindset

Want to play a fun guessing game?
Try to guess how many times in the last year I’ve heard the oh-so-patronizing words, “You got a good job when you graduated? Wow you must be really lucky!”
The fun part about this game is that no matter what number you guessed, you’re wrong. The truth is I can’t even begin to count the number of times some well-intentioned person, including so called, “established adults,” and my own peers, have referred to my status in the working world as an act of goodwill on the part of the universe.
Allow me to be a shining example of the Misunderstood Millennial. I worked my tail off to both find and secure a job I could be proud of that allowed me to pay ALL of my bills immediately after graduating from a four-year university and guess what? I am happy.
Before I delve any further into my tale, allow me to fully disclose my background: I graduated from a state school in northern California with average grades and no special passion for any particular industry or field. I got my BA in Psychology with a minor in Public Relations, and my biggest achievement in college was becoming a national, award-winning sex columnist.
In other words, if you’re an approximately 21-year-old average Jane with a cool hobby but no clue what you want to be when you grow up, I was once in your shoes. Don’t be offended by this statement, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being dubbed “average.”
There are countless articles, studies, blogs, columns, you-name-it’s dissecting the various plusses and pitfalls of those aged 20-25, and most of them seem to indicate that through the blind optimism of our Gen-X parents and egocentric views of those in power (aka politicians, public speakers and the media), we have developed an unparalleled sense of entitlement.
This mindset breeds two predominant types of Gen-Y-ers (notice the intentional qualifier here - I am in no way limiting young adults to only two categories but simply naming these as the primaries): 1) the go-getter who tries to do everything, believes that enough is never enough and will deprive themselves of life’s basic needs and pleasures (i.e. sleep, food, fun, friends, sex, etc.) until they reach their goal of ruling the world, and 2) the lazy, spoiled brat who will go out of their way to experience nothing but pleasure then whine about never being satisfied.
The reality is that there is no shame in being somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.
Now, before you pass judgment on my job as Assistant Manager at an apartment community in Chico, California, let me be quite clear: no, a college degree is not required for this position. In fact, the young lady whom I replaced in this role never finished college. But, like her, I’m very happy to be here (read: happy, not lucky.)
I didn’t become the president of ten clubs with a four-point-fifty GPA and perfect exit scores and I didn’t get wasted every weekend with the expectation that a “good career” would fall into my lap. When I started college I got myself acquainted with the fact that neither of these two categories of people my age are likely to be flooded with job offers. I worked hard to finish school in four years, which my parents insisted was a timely fashion and spent my last semester of school hounding companies that had available positions that seemed like they would suit me.
I jumped at my first offer that didn’t involve telephone sales, and it turned out to be a flop. The pay was great and I got to move to a much bigger city, but everyone I worked with was absolutely miserable. I also discovered quickly that this particular company, which will remain unnamed, was not what they made themselves out to be.
So I began the job hunt again, spending countless hours on every job site imaginable and hitting up everyone I knew who was employed for connections to their hiring managers. I refused to move home and I refused to look for jobs anywhere remotely similar to the part-time ones I had throughout school.
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10 Annoying Email Habits to Break Today

You’re annoying your co-workers and clients with bad correspondence.

Email has revolutionized the way we communicate at work, bringing us a long way from the days of mimeographed memos or stenography. But it has also introduced a whole new array of annoyances into the workplace – some of which you might be guilty of yourself.

Here are 10 ways your use of email might be annoying your colleagues.

1. Not answering. When people email you a direct question, ignoring it is nearly as rude as ignoring a direct question in face-to-face conversation. And yet, offices everywhere are filled with people who don’t bother responding to emails, often even after repeated follow-ups. If you’re an email ignorer, realize that you’re likely to develop a reputation for being unresponsive and possibly disorganized, unless you vow to begin getting back to people. Even a simple “I’m working on it” is better than silence.

2. Requesting read receipts. You might love the idea of knowing exactly when someone has read your email, but requesting read receipts is likely to rankle your recipients. It sends the message that you don’t trust them to respond unless you build in some accountability, or that you don’t trust them to respond quickly enough for your liking. If your co-workers aren’t professional enough to respond to emails without the threat of a read receipt hanging over them, you should address that problem – but sending out an “I don’t trust you” signal with every communication isn’t the way to do it.

3. Sending “urgent” emails that aren’t urgent. Like the boy who cried wolf, if you abuse the urgent marker in email, soon no one will pay any attention to it – and then when you send that one truly urgent email at some point, no one will spot it. So hands-off the urgent notification unless an email truly qualifies.

4. Emailing and then calling or coming by in person to repeat your message. If it’s crucial that your message be received immediately, then email isn’t your medium; you should call or show up in person. This double delivery is so annoying that if you’re in the habit of doing it, you can be confident that your co-workers are grumbling about you right now.

5. Sending replies that make it obvious that you didn’t read the email. Responding “OK” to an email that asked an open-ended question, asking a question that was answered in the email and answering only one of three questions asked will make it obvious that you didn’t actually read the email. And while this might be a time saver for you, it’s going to require the sender to email you back for clarification and ultimately take up more time from both of you.

6. Writing vague subject lines. One-word phrases like “Question” or “Hello” squander the potential of the subject line, which when used correctly can help your recipient find the information in your email in the future.

7. Using colored text, creative fonts or email stationery. Email isn’t intended to be a fancy medium; most people want and expect plain text and nothing more. Mucking about with the fonts or colors is more likely to appear tacky than classy or creative. And using borders of flowers around your email text or other forms of email stationery looks frumpy and unprofessional.

8. Composing email signatures that go on for paragraphs. There’s rarely a need for an email signature to contain anything more than a few lines of information – that’s enough space for your name, title, company (and/or website) and phone number. And sure, it’s fine to add an additional line with a link to subscribe to your email list, order your book or find you on Twitter. But multiple phone numbers, quotes, slogans and lengthy descriptions of the company are unnecessary, generally unread and clutter up the message. When your signature is longer than the average email, that’s a bad sign.

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