Wednesday, 5 December 2012

What Does What You Write Say About You?

Technology has undeniably enhanced and facilitated communication over the last decade. The word 'facilitated' however can be taken to an extreme where candidates, sometimes, do not check their emails prior to sending it through to us, or even more so, to their employers. 

Muovo receives a lot of emails, resumes and cover letters every day. Some of these are littered with spelling and grammar mistakes, and sometimes, with incoherent or wrong personal information. As you might have already read from previous blogs, and as you may already know, an employer won't spend long on your CV or resume - this is why you should really strive to make that first, great impression. If you feel that you need someone else to check your spelling mistakes and other details, send it over to a proofreader who will look at it closely and meticulously and will make sure that your resume is completely error free and perfect.

Every time you send over your resume to an employer, think of a teacher (a strict one) who will be grading and judging your CV on all aspects. Make sure, then, that it is at its most, the best you could give.

In addition, when sending an email to an employer or to any other correspondence, make a note of the following steps:

1) Check the email address you are sending to.
Sometimes you may not hear from recruiters or employers because the email was never received. Double check your emails prior to sending. Check again after you have sent. Sometime you realise that you have made a mistake after you send your email!
2) Use the subject line.
Although this may seem obvious, some people are still bound to leave the subject line of their emails vacant. Apart from looking unprofessional, mysterious, and therefore futile, a lot of email servers will classify an email with no subject line as SPAM and will hence not deliver it to the intended recipient. 
3) Do you have the appropriate greeting?
Does your email start with 'Dear Sir or Madam', or 'To Whom It May Concern', etc?
4) Don't forget the closing.
Write 'Regards', 'Yours sincerely' or 'Yours faithfully', etc.
5) Create an e-mail signature.
This should include all your relevant contact information. Make it as easy as possible for people to get back to you.
6) Spell Check.
It is imperative that you check your writings for spelling mistakes and RE-READ it aloud to see how it would sound.

This is all part of the recruiting process or email etiquette that will go to making you a true professional in your field.
Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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