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Not Suitable for a Job Search

There is a time and place for everything

➔ Regardless of the job you’re pursuing, one would think that a certain degree of professionalism should rule the day. Unless you know the person with whom you’re dealing really – and we do mean really well, it’s always best to maintain a certain air of dignity in your dealings and, especially, in your communication with that person (or persons.)

Recently we addressed thank you communications with someone with whom you just interviewed. Yes, email is acceptable, but a hard copy note will stand out and leave an impression with the person you’re trying to impress.

Do they really need a day for it?

While email is becoming more and more acceptable, to the point that it really isn’t all that noticeable, the jury still seems to be out on whether or not text messages are suitable to thank someone and/or to follow up after an interview. Again, unless you know the person really well, our feeling is that it’s probably best to avoid the text message.

A common component of text messaging and some emails is the emoji. In fact, they’re becoming so ubiquitous that there is now a special day set aside to recognize them. To our great dismay, we must admit that July 17 was World Emoji Day.

We admit that some may find them cute, interesting and/or entertaining, but that doesn’t mean that they are appropriate for serious, professional and dignified business communication – email or text.

Let’s keep in mind that you’re looking for a job, you’re not organizing a mosh pit. With friends, family or even casual acquaintances, if you feel that using an emoji is appropriate, that’s fine. But when you’re trying to maintain a certain degree of professionalism while job searching, you might want to put that emoji back in your holster.

Let’s try and keep it professional.


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