E-mail, social networking, cell phones, BlackBerries all have quickly become part of the 21st century way of life. But if you misuse these technologies in your job search, you’ll be one click away from sinking your job hopes.
We may be in recovery, but if you’re one of the millions of Americans still unemployed, it’s hard to tell. And if you’ve been burning up cyberspace with your job search—e-mailing, texting, and “friending” potential employers until your fingers are numb—you may be convinced there’s just no work out there. But have you considered that you might be going about it all wrong? Technology is a job hunter’s friend—but only if you use it correctly, says Kate Wendleton. Break the unspoken rules of job search techno-etiquette and all you’ll accomplish is getting your virtual résumé dragged into the trash.
“How you use technology speaks volumes about your skills, your style, your ability to connect with future employers, and your manners,” says Wendleton, president of The Five O’Clock Club (www.fiveoclockclub.com), the nation’s premier career coaching and outplacement network.”The devices you use, when and how you use them, and the content of your messages send subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, signals to a prospective employer that can improve or derail your chances of getting an interview and ultimately landing the job.”
Wendleton knows all about helping people navigate this complicated job market. Hers is the only career program in which members meet with professional coaches and peers on a weekly basis in a friendly, club-type format. It offers small group career coaching across the U.S. and Canada. And its website—www.fiveoclockclub.com—provides hundreds of free articles and audio recordings on job searching and career development.