If you want to make a professional impression at your job or in a job interview, consider these these helpful tips. Your cell phone settings and your email address do make an impact on your image.
Cell phones are a big distraction for people at work. Employers claim that they employees may lose up to 50 percent in productivity because of cell phones.1 Many employers, especially in healthcare, do not allow employees to use their cell phones at work and some may even prohibit employees from bringing them into the facility. Only use your cell phone on breaks or at lunch, otherwise remember, they are paying you to work, not text. If you're going to an interview, turn your phone off or leave it in the car.
Phone ringtones, alerts, alarms.
Having a unique ringtone can be fun, but if your favorite Jay-Z song starts playing, it may not be work appropriate.
- Tip 1: It's best if you don't have your phone with you at work, but that may not always be practical.
- Tip 2: The next best option would be to silence the phone or put it on vibrate with no sound.
- Tip 3: But, just in case you forget, you should still set the ringtone to a standard ring (with no words or music).
- Tip 4: Also, if you do receive texts through the day, pick a plain and relatively quiet message notification. Nothing breaks concentration like a tweedy-bird that whistles every few minutes. Your co-workers will appreciate your politeness.
Your email address is important.
- Tip 1: When you apply for jobs or contact potential employers, make sure your email address is appropriate. Avoid using email addresses that are cute, funny, or contain references to drugs, alcohol, or adult themes. A new study showed that, ³e-mail names deemed unprofessional [alliecat@, bacardigirl@, bighotdaddy@, drunkensquirl@, foxylady@, gigglez217@] received lower resume ratings regardless of whether their resume was of high- or low-quality.2
- Tip 2: Using your name is the easiest and most professional method. If your name is already taken, add some numbers. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org is an appropriate and professional email address.
- Tip 3: Check your email every day. If you're looking for a job and you¹re only checking your gmail account once per day, you're going to miss an opportunity. Some employers fill jobs very quickly in less than 24 hours.
- Tip 4: Make sure you avoid text-speak in your emails to prospective employers. Always use proper English. They may be interested, but if you reply with “LOL, OMG thx! C u @ 2 on Thrsdy!” don't be surprised if they cancel the interview.
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