Thursday, August 11, 2005

Email—small stuff/big consequences

I had originally planned on writing stuff in a sequential manner. But, if you know Aunt Bonnie personally, you’ll know I’m not really a sequential kind of person. And, so much of this is based on what I encounter on a day to day basis that it’s hard to stay sequential.

So, with that out of the way—today’s topic has to do with email. Foibles of, that is.

Three live examples of nixing your job search right out of the gate.

Okay, here goes. I do not and cannot always connect an employer and a student. But in this particular case, I knew both parties so paved the way—bragged about the student (actually a grad) to my friend with the job opening and hoped for good results for both.  BUT….they were not forthcoming. Evidently, the grad wrote to my friend as if she were a buddy rather than employer. Email started with “Hey” and included personal and very unrelated details. Add in a note of desperation and a totally awesome job opp took a nose dive. Cross that one off.

Or, what about the student seeking an internship who wrote to follow up with an employer he’d met at a networking function. Only, he used ALL CAPS FOR THE ENTIRE MESSAGE! I mean, seriously, was that a good idea??????? I’ll let you form your own conclusions.

Finally, and this one draws on the “little stuff” title, another recent email to an employer. Again, that way is paved. The employer is expecting to hear from this person. But the grad substitutes “their” for “there”. Small? Maybe. But then again, maybe not if details are going to be important on that job.

I came across 100 Words that Almost Everyone Confuses & Misuses (American Heritage Dictionary) this morning during a visit to Amazon. Think maybe I’ll pick one up for ready reference.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 08/11 at 12:17 PM
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